Nam Myoho Renge Kyo: Paintings to Benefit La Biblioteca

By Karen Ocampo

Reciting mantras has been an ancient practice of different religions. It has allowed some to reach a higher spiritual state and enabled the most important moments and revelations of their lives. This was the case for Michelle Laneque. A native of French Indochina, Michelle has lived in San Miguel for fifteen years. She says that she has had great luck throughout her life, and part of that is thanks to the following mantra: nam myoho renge kyo. She says that it brought her to this mysterious city. She accurately remembers her arrival, with complete with details of the most enigmatic coincidences. For example, she arrived in September 2000, in year of the Dragon, symbol of her year of birth.

She relates that she arrived with 200 kilos of luggage and almost no money, but with the certainty that here she could breathe magic.

Michelle conveys that magic; with particular elegance she wears clothing with Asian motifs. You can usually find her wandering the aisles of the library, which she relies on. She wants to return to the library what she feels it gives her. Michelle has brought a large collection of art replicas that she has painted. Her purpose is to give back to this place what it has given her support. And with this mantra, she expects to profit. Since October, the walls of our facility have proudly exhibited a variety of her replicas, including Gustave Klimts. All are for sale, and 50 per cent of the price will benefit this NGO.


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