Clyde Okita "DNR This" Origin Story & Photography

I started practicing Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism, in Chicago, in 1985.

I chant Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo because it protects me.

June 2008, after waking up from two weeks in a coma, I called Chief Priest Rev. Iwaki of Nichiren Shoshu Myogyoji Temple (2008-2013) asking: "What should I do?"

Rev. Iwaki said: "Gongyo."

I made a full recovery in a month.

March 2009, after a stroke, I had the ER call Rev. Iwaki, at 3am.

After brain surgery, I woke up to see him.

Barely able to talk or think, I watched TV, in a hospital, then a nursing home.

Six months later, Rev. Iwaki insisted we chant "Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo" again and again, for 10 minutes.

One year later, Rev. Iwaki arranged for me to get to the Temple, on Sundays.

Another year after that, he encouraged me to attend the 2012 Summer Study Tozan, with my walker.

I thanked the Dai-Gohonzon for saving my life, at the Nichiren Shoshu Head Temple, in Taisekiji, Japan.

September 2014, I moved into my own apartment, where I enshrined my Nichiren Shoshu Gohonzon.

May 2016, I became myself, again, one day.

September 2018, I made art out of it.

Clyde Okita

"Nam" (nahm)
"Myoho" (meh yo ho)
"Renge" (rehn geh)
"Kyo" (keh yo)