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Belinda Carlisle returns 'centre stage' in ATL

March 17, 2016

Georgia Voice interviews Belinda Carlisle, an SGI-USA member who fronted the all-female pop group The Go-Go’s in the ’80s: “When I turned 40, I just got dropped by my record company and everything seemed very fragile and 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.”