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Wednesday

23rd July

THE SGI exists widely to propagate the Buddhism of Nichiren Daishonin. In the course of this struggle, there will naturally be times when we are faced with extreme hardships and difficulties. The Daishonin was fiercely attacked by people throughout Japan. Nevertheless, he dauntless took action to open a great and eternal path of hope for all humankind. We are carrying on the Daishonin’s great legacy.


COWARDICE is harmful, for it delights the enemies of Buddhism and obstructs the advance of kosen-rufu. The fainthearted cannot savour the true benefit of faith; their ability to tap the power of the Buddha and the power of the Law (of the Gohonzon) in their lives is enfeebled.


TO treasure the children of the Buddha who are devoted to kosen-rufu is to treasure and strengthen one’s own Buddhahood. The more one praises those who are diligently exerting themselves, the more good fortune, the more momentum, is added to one’s own life and to the organization.


IF we do not practice gongyo, the rhythm in our lives will be thrown off kilter, just as a machine that is not oiled will rust. Gongyo and chanting daimoku are like starting the automobile engine every day and driving in the direction of happiness and truth. By doing so day after day, you will gradually attain perfect unity with the universe and the Law. That state is the state of Buddha.


FAITH itself is invisible. However, faith is bound to manifest in a tangible form as words and deeds, thereby greatly affecting the environment. At the same time, no matter what circumstances you face, you either win or lose. As a Buddhist, you must win each struggle in which you are engaged. And faith in the Gohonzon enables you to do so.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com/ for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, The Blessings of the Lotus Sutra.

Tuesday

22nd July

SURELY, many obstacles will arise in the course of our Buddhist practice. They occur because of our efforts to propagate the True Law. Many difficulties that stand in our way actually serve to test whether or not our faith is strong enough to enable us to reach enlightenment in this lifetime.


GONGYO is a practice which calls forth and cultivates the infinite power that the microcosm inherently possesses. It transforms your fate, break through any apparent dead ends and converts sufferings into happiness. It creates a transformation, a resolution of the microcosm. It is a diagram in miniature of kosen-rufu in our lives.


ULTIMATELY, when we live in accord with the great eternal Law, everything in our life becomes a source of happiness. Without this firm basis, any happiness, no matter how wonderful it may appear, is but transitory and fleeting.


OUR personality does not determine our happiness or unhappiness; rather it is the substance of how we have lived our lives that decides. The purpose of Buddhism and education as well as of all our efforts towards self-improvement and growth is to enhance that substance. This is what life is all about.


HUMAN society is a struggle between good and evil. The evil are easily united by shared self-interest. That is why it is so important for good people to unite and form alliances and networks to counter and combat those negative forces. Let me share these words of President Makiguchi with you: “If good people allow evil people to do as they please, though they may regard themselves high above such people, they have in effect already capitulated to evil.”

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com/ for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, The Blessings of the Lotus Sutra.

Monday

21st July

UNLESS one’s faith is pure to the core, he will not be able to cultivate the strong life-force needed to battle with unrelenting devilish functions. This is the most important and crucial point for your development. Please remember it always.


NICHIREN DAISHONIN’S Buddhism teaches that our existence is identical to the universe as a whole, and the universe as a whole is identical to our existence. Each individual human life is a microcosm. The practice of gongyo is a grand and noble life to achieve the vital communication of the microcosm of each person’s existence with the universe, based on the Gohonzon.


THE greater the hardships one undergoes, the greater potential that exists for one to grow. The deeper one’s sufferings are, the more profound will be the joy one experiences when one triumphs over it. Difficulties lead to enlightenment, great obstacles lead to Buddhahood.


READING good books cultivates and nourishes one’s life. A good classic never grows old, it is always refreshing and new. Its message will be just as valid in the new century. Encountering such a work is truly a lifelong treasure.


THE 21st century will be a century of the universe and a century of life. It will also be a century of philosophy, in which the philosophy one upholds and practices will be brought sharply into focus. I hope that you, who embrace a great philosophy that encompasses all life and the universe, will never forget to be confident and proud that you are advancing at the forefront of this new century.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com/ for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, The Blessings of the Lotus Sutra.

Sunday

20th July

THE trust, respect and appreciation that bind fellow members together serve to amplify the spiritual strength of each individual. Unity is strength. In our movement for kosen-rufu, advancing in the unity of “many in body, one in mind” is key.


THE purpose of our lives, to the very last moment, is to achieve something of value. There is no life more noble than that of individuals who dedicate themselves to something they believed in and strive for it wholeheartedly, individuals who give their lives selflessly to their beliefs.


AN absence of suffering does not equal happiness. Happiness depends on developing the state of mind where one is able to transform all sufferings into joy. This rigourous struggle in turn gives rise to immense satisfaction and value.


YOU who have embraced this great Law are millionaires rich in life force and who possess good fortune surpassing the wealth of even the world’s richest people. Material possessions cannot be enjoyed after death. But, “millionaires rich in life force” are able to freely make use of the treasures of the universe in lifetime after lifetime and enjoy a journey of eternal happiness. That is what constitutes proof of victory in life.


PEOPLE have different missions to fulfill and different places where they must live to fulfill them. The person who decides to establish himself firmly in his community and who continues to advance with perseverance and hope while struggling with reality will be a victor in life. Through faith, you can transform the land where you live into a land of victory and happiness.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com/ for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, The Blessings of the Lotus Sutra.

Saturday

19th July

HAPPINESS is determined by our state of life and by the depth of the philosophy we live by. To be happy requires strength; weakness leads to unhappiness. I especially hope that the members of the Young Women Division will become women of indomitable spirit and inner strength.


WHILE in your teens, your scope of experience is still quite limited and you may not yet have found which area your talent will be best suited to. It is easy to fall into the trap thinking that nothing could be more desirable than love. But there is more to life than love. Particularly in the case of women, I feel, real happiness is determined after they enter their forties and onwards.


IN order to develop our wisdom, it is vital that you summon forth strong faith. Even though sometimes the results of prayers based on strong faith may not be immediately apparent, as time goes by they will definitely bring forth a rhythm of victory. Infinite wisdom opens the path to infinite victory – this is the essence of faith.


NICHIREN DAISHONIN taught the principle that “embracing the Gohonzon is in itself enlightenment”. Thus, by believing in and embracing the Gohonzon, which embodies the state of Buddhahood and the mutual possession of the Ten Worlds, one can observe, and manifest, the world of Buddhahood existing in his own life.


ARROGANCE is fearful. Human beings are often brought to ruin by pride and impatience. They are self-complacent and unable to win the trust of those around them.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com/ for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, The Blessings of the Lotus Sutra.

Friday

18th July

HOPE cannot exist without effort. One who spares no effort will without fail be able to open the way to a glorious future.


NO matter what happens, please continue to chant daimoku – in both good times and bad times, irrespective of your joys and sorrows, happiness and suffering. Then you will be able to seize victory in your daily life, in your lifetime and in your society.


IT is wisdom that moves the hearts of others. Victory is not determined by those around you or things and events in your environment. The most important thing is to cultivate and use your wisdom. Everything depends on wisdom.


IN life, the “season” of youth comes but once. What seeds are you planting in your life during this precious period? What are you engraving? What are you devoting your youthful passion towards? All of these things will have a critical impact on your whole future.


HOW can we bring forth actual proof? That is our challenge. Faith in the Mystic Law absolutely assures us of victory and prosperity in this life and throughout all eternity.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com/ for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, The Blessings of the Lotus Sutra.

Thursday

17th July

TO believe in the Mystic law is to have utmost faith in you. It is to believe in the Buddha nature of all living beings; that is to regard all people with impartiality. It also means to believe in the absolute law of cause and effect. Carrying through with this attitude in faith enables you to develop a great character.


BUDDHISM reveals the ultimate Law of the universe and the ultimate principle for achieving happiness. Taking faith in Buddhism plants the seed of true happiness in our lives. There, we must not uproot and throw away, scorch, or otherwise spoil this seed of happiness as a result of harbouring hatred and jealousy against fellow believers and eventually discarding our faith.


AGE is irrelevant to faith. The person with faith is always youthful, always improving, better tomorrow than today, and better still the day after. That is the purpose of your training and self-discipline. For it is in your struggle with yourself that you improve yourself and find happiness.


ONE must live with dignity. Character is the foundation of human rights. It is far more valuable than money. No true peace can be achieved as long as we seek only material wealth.


IT is the spirit of Youth Division members to protect their mentor and stand up to take full responsibility for kosen-rufu. Mr Toda was a towering leader of kosen-rufu. My mind was solely filled with thoughts of how to protect him, how to go about realizing his vision, and how to communicate his greatness to people around the world.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com/ for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, The Blessings of the Lotus Sutra.

Wednesday

16th July

WHEN we ask ourselves what are the most crucial issues facing humankind in the 21st century, it is clear that a central challenge will be to establish on a global scale a robust philosophy of reverence for life, a philosophy that is consistently and clearly focused on the human being. This is the only certain mean of breaking free of the chain of spirals of killing, slaughter and hatred that bind us. Only in this way can we create a world lit by the inherent dignity of all people, a world in which all people may equally savour the fruits of happiness and peace.


TRUE joy is to be found in working for kosen-rufu, in practicing and taking action for the happiness of oneself and others. The greatest joy in life is to be found in SGI activities. Our activities for kosen-rufu become memories that shine ever more brilliantly in our lives as tie goes by.


IT is through our tenacious efforts that we are able to develop our true ability. And it is the power of faith that enables us to continually maintain such efforts. Moreover, faith enables us to cultivate the life force and good fortune needed to manifest our true ability to the fullest. Without both innate ability and tenacious efforts, one can accomplish little.


I also place high value on personal initiative. Spontaneity underlies the spirit of autonomy and independence; conversely, taking action because one is told to amounts to slavery to the spirit. Kosen-rufu will be advanced by brave people armed with the spirit of independence who voluntarily strive to fulfill the vow they make at the time of kuon ganjo.


THOSE who, on all occasions, sincerely endeavour to learn are free of arrogance and desire for fame. They are people of wisdom who can stride with confidence on the great path of justice.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com/ for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, The Blessings of the Lotus Sutra.

Tuesday

15th July

YOUTH who lose their courage can no longer be called youth. Youth are the ultimate champions of courage and peace. To be young is to be a noble champion who possesses boundless treasure and hope. I would like all of you to speak out with such conviction and power that others will be moved and inspired.


THERE are many other elements involved in a prayer being answered but the important thing is to keep praying until it is. By continuing to pray, you can reflect on yourself with unflinching honesty and begin to move your life in a positive direction towards the path of earnest, steady effort.


A single arrow, shot by a great archer, will unerringly hit the mark. Similarly, a strong and deep prayer offered with unwavering ichinen, or concentration of mind, will, in accordance with the principle that a single life-moment contains three thousand realms (ichinen sanzen), move the entire universe.


THE road we walk is not level. We must climb a great mountain, a task which invariably required painful efforts. However, in the world of Buddhism, no effort is wasted or in vain. All causes that you make will be engraved in the depths of your life; they are golden passages in the golden diary of your eternal existence.


OVERTAKEN by inertia, without realizing it, a person becomes conservative. Those who ceaselessly advance are full of fresh vitality and walk the path leading to lives filled with happiness.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com/ for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, The Blessings of the Lotus Sutra.

Monday

14th July

ONCE an airplane takes off, it must continue flying, no matter what bad weather or turbulence it encounters, until it lands safely. The same principle applies to our faith. We must continue our faith and practice with unchanging enthusiasm and dedication until we arrive at our final goal of enlightenment.


WE are now advancing in a new century, a century of life, in which all people will enjoy the benefits of equality, happiness and freedom to the fullest. The fundamental “common sense” of Buddhism and of life itself forms the basis for our activities towards this goal.


OUR faith is for our own sake. So are our actions. When we work for the Law, for our friends, and for society, we are reading the sutra with our lives, and everything we do is transformed into our own great benefit.


NICHIREN DAISHONIN said, “The Law does not spread by itself; because people propagate it, both the people and the Law are respect worthy.” (Gosho Zenshu, p856) In every respect, accomplishing kosen-rufu depends on capable people. We have to find, raise and nurture together, fresh talent. Those who can succeed in this endeavour are themselves people of outstanding ability.


IN any field of human endeavour, human beings cannot improve or develop without some kind of training. This applies the more so to our Buddhist practice, which constitutes training for becoming a Buddha. We can regard even the most rigourous training with pleasure if we know that it is attaining an indestructible, diamond-like state of life. All of our prayers and actions for kosen-rufu become the nourishment for our happiness across the three existences as well as the foundation for our external glory.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com/ for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, The Blessings of the Lotus Sutra.