the future scary. I never took the time to really think where I had been and where I was going with my life. I wasn’t sure who I was as a woman. I picked up “The Art of Happiness” by the Dalai Lama. It changed my life.
There was a lot about the Buddhist philosophy that appealed to me and made sense – karma and cause and effect being the two most obvious. I then discovered Soka Gakkai and Nichiren Buddhism. I started chanting and I found that I couldn’t escape myself or my karma. I earned a Gohonzon, a sacred mandala which is almost like a mirror into oneself and that’s when I started making life changes - the biggest one being living a sober life. Chanting changes your perspective on day-to-day things and puts you in rhythm with life.
In 2004, you started a nonprofit that helps train women in India to care for street animals. How did that issue get on your radar?