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Monday

8th February

WE are who we are. Our life is our own. It is important that we discard a cowardly animalistic way of life - where we are always worried about what others say or do or about how we might appear to others - and instead live with confidence and conviction.


THIS lifetime will never come again; it is precious and irreplaceable. To live without regret, it is crucial for us to have a concrete purpose and continually set goals and challenges for ourselves. It is equally important that we keep moving towards those specified targets steadily and tenaciously, one step at a time.


THOSE whose faith continues to move forward actively seek out and meet new people, spreading their circle of friendship. Those who have stopped growing, in contrast, become cowardly and close themselves off in their own shells.


THE progress of kosen-rufu, too, is in one respect a fierce battle of wisdom. A great wisdom is naturally inherent in a single-minded faith. A wisdom that actually expands our perspective and creates value is itself a crucial demonstration of faith.


WE were born onto the stage of this polluted world of the Latter Day of the Law, cherishing an earnest wish for the spread of Myoho. The Daishonin stated, "The three obstacles and four devils will invariably appear, and the wise will rejoice while the foolish will retreat." Because we practise faith, obstacles will naturally appear. Then, if we read this passage from the standpoint of faith, we can feel joy in the depths of our lives.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com/ for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, On Reprimanding Hachiman.

Sunday

7th February

YOUR posture and attitude while doing gongyo should always be one of dignity. Your gongyo should resound youthfully, giving courage and hope to your members who are followers of the Bodhisattvas of the Earth.


IN all things, wisdom is the key to victory. A wise person can make the best use of everything. He/she can make the first strike. He/she can see opportunities and take advantage of them. He/she can change negative into positive. Power may be limited, but wisdom is limitless.


IT is important to actively go out and meet people. Interaction with others opens up fresh, exciting possibilities. We can learn something new and broaden our horizons. Meeting people gives zest to life and stimulates our minds. Moreover, once the cycle has been started, one encounter gives way to other fresh encounters. Thus, meeting people is something all leaders must make their responsibility.


HOW to orientate your mind, the kind of attitude you take, greatly influences both you yourself and your environment. Through the power of strong inner resolve, we can transform ourselves, those around us and the land in which we live. When we change our attitude, we can change our circumstances. Buddhism teaches the principle of the oneness of life and its environment and that a single life moment contains three thousand realms.


PLEASE strive hard as a member of society in your own sphere of activities, in your work-place and your community, always basing yourself on faith and become the kind of person of whom others speak with admiration and praise. I would like each of you to become a person who is respected and trusted by all. This is kosen-rufu. Causing people trouble and engaging in duplicity, on the other hand, degrades Buddhism and constitutes slander of the Law.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com/ for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, On Reprimanding Hachiman.

Saturday

6th February

THERE is no way of life as noble, happy, or supremely joyous as this, and it exists nowhere else but in the world of the SGI, an organisation dedicated to teaching others about the Mystic Law.


A personal awareness is very important. When we do something, we should do it whole-heartedly and on our own initiative, not dragging our feet and only taking action because someone has told us to. Personal awareness means a self-awakening. The deeper your own awareness, the more your horizons will expand, and the more profound your life will become.


A coward in the end will be miserable. Nichiren Daishonin said, "A coward cannot have any of his/her prayers answered." (MW 1, p246) No matter how much you may practise faith, if you are cowardly, then your prayers will not be answered. Even if you have the mighty sword (of the Lotus Sutra), unless you unsheathe it and wield it boldly, you will not be able to cut through anything.


THE stronger the opponents, the greater the merits we acquire at their defeat. The more difficulties we face, the closer we approach the state of achieving Buddhahood. I want you all to march forward with hearts aflame with bravery and courage and with the pride that we are creating a new future for humanity.


FAITH is the source of power which enables one to become rich at heart, rich in wisdom and lead a prosperous daily life, thereby contributing to the prosperity of one's community. Honour or fame in no way guarantees happiness. Neither does academic achievement or physical appearance. The greatest wealth lies in chanting daimoku.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com/ for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, On Reprimanding Hachiman.

Friday

5th February

NEVER allow yourself to be spoiled, for that way inevitably leads to defeat in life. You must deepen your faith and polish your life while studying and experiencing repeated struggles.


BUDDHISM is primarily concerned with victory or defeat. Life is a contest. In a contest you can only win or lose; it must be one or the other. If you lose, no manner of excuses will make up for it. Complaining will only make you unhappier.


WHEN we encounter obstacles and persecution, it is all the more crucial that we exert ourselves with even greater determination. The more tempestuous the wind that buffets us, the more we must press on with even stronger faith and conviction. This is the behaviour of a true disciple of Nichiren Daishonin.


"TREASURING the Gosho" does not mean never touching it and leaving it closed all the time! Nichiren Daishonin taught that embracing the Gohonzon is itself enlightenment. Having faith in the Gohonzon is fundamental. And, in fact, only through strong faith that seamlessly fused with study of the Gosho can we truly be enlightened and accomplish our human revolution.


OUR study of Buddhism is something that is deepened and strengthened with the passing of times as we grow in faith and life experience. The efforts you are making to study the teachings of Buddhism now are certain to illuminate your lives, not only in this existence, but for all eternity.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com/ for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, On Reprimanding Hachiman.

Thursday

4th February

THE world at peace and all humanity living together in harmony is the dream and hope of the 21st century. The surest first step towards realising that goal is human beings reaching out and engaging in dialogue that transcends all differences.


WHETHER you are happy, sad or suffering, if you chant honestly to the Gohonzon with the feelings in your heart, your life will naturally proceed in the best direction.


VICTORY is born of the leaders' all-out efforts and resolute stand-alone spirit. All it takes is just one such person. A successful outcome depends on individuals who are determined to continue moving forward and exerting themselves undaunted - never stopping or retreating, come what may.


UNLESS we study, we will be blind to the realities of society and the world. In that state, we cannot attain the kosen-rufu that will reach out to society at large. Nor will we grasp the profundity of Buddhism itself. Worst of all, we ourselves will become pitiful losers.


WHEN you persevere in faith throughout your life, without begrudging your life, you can attain Buddhahood in this lifetime. Then you can build an eternally indestructible "self" based on the condition of Buddhahood that spans lifetime after lifetime. If you give up your faith along the way, however, this condition of Buddhahood, which should shine on for eternity, will be extinguished.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com/ for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, On Reprimanding Hachiman.

Wednesday

3rd February

KEEP your daily faith fresh and abreast of the times. This is faith, and the road to vital progress. A tired life-condition means you are defeated.


THE Lotus Sutra teaches the principle of ichinen sanzen. The power of the macrocosm of existence is encompassed in the Mystic Law. That is why there is no difficulty that we cannot overcome, no fate that we cannot transform through the power of the mind of faith. An organisation, too, is basically a reflection of the mind of the people at its core.


STEADY efforts are important. Through our own persistent efforts in our practice of faith, we can create an indomitable condition of eternal happiness in our lives. Advancing a little further and accumulating a little more benefit day by day is the key to finding unshakeable happiness. This principle holds true in other fields of human endeavour as well.


FAITH enables us to secure ultimate victory. It enables us to live out our lives with vigour and joy and to strive to improve ourselves and become the very best people we can be. Moreover, faith enables us to walk through life with complete assurance and confidence, unafraid of anything.


"COME, let us take action!" "Let us work for kosen-rufu!" "Let us expand our SGI network!" Joy resides in such a bright, positive spirit. Those who strive gladly for kosen-rufu and for the welfare of their friends savour true happiness.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com/ for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, On Reprimanding Hachiman.

Tuesday

2nd February

VIEWED from the perspective of Buddhism, we are connected and indebted to all other living beings, so we should care for and value them. The supreme way of repaying that debt of gratitude is to share the supreme philosophy of Buddhism with them. As such, introducing Nichiren Daishonin's teachings to others is the greatest gift of friendship.


EVEN though one is ill - in fact, precisely when one is ill - one can experience a rich spiritual life. A person who is spiritually fulfilled remains clear of mind and heart even though their body may be ailing, and gains a deep understanding of many aspects of life.


SIMPLY following others all the time is not very satisfying. There is neither deep joy nor the potential for blazing new trails. Life's true worth, as well as true satisfaction and happiness, arises from actions in which we take the initiative to achieve something we have set our minds to.


A single thought of faith (ichinen), though it is invisible, will always eventually manifest itself in a concrete form. The day will come when the iron-clad law of cause and effect will make itself abundantly clear on the level of individual lives, organisations and societies.


JUST as a satellite precisely follows a fixed orbit in space, the practice of chanting daimoku and shakubuku will place one's life on an eternal "orbit" of happiness. Therefore, for your own sake, please continue to travel the great path of faith with hope and courage.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com/ for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, On Reprimanding Hachiman.

Monday

1st February

ONLY those who make consistent efforts in daimoku, study and discussion meetings in their community are true and honourable Gakkai members. That is the standard I would like to set.


IN general, not to forget someone is an expression of deep concern for that person. By treasuring each encounter with, and each day spent in the company of, members who are the precious children of the Buddha, you can daily accumulate treasures in your life.


A single person is parent to the great ocean of kosen-rufu. For this reason, we should treasure individual human beings. And we should also take pride in ourselves as pioneering individuals. The accumulation of single steps forward leads to victory in the long journey of kosen-rufu. Therefore, we should value the single step we take today. Today's step is the parent of glory.


NEVER be shakened, no matter what happens or what others may say. Never be flustered, never lose confidence. This is the way we should strive to live our lives. Being able to do so is a sign of genuine character.


PLEASE always advance in harmony and friendship with each other. Harmonious development is the starting point for happiness, construction and value creation. As we each strives to grow further with every passing year, let us accumulate good fortune and together achieves happy, healthy and truly wonderful lives.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com/ for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, On Reprimanding Hachiman.

Sunday

31st January

THE high position of a king or general means nothing in the realm of death. The fate of one who ignores this truth and betrays the correct teaching of the Law because of an attachment to worldly desires is both incredibly pitiful and foolish. Nichiren Daishonin warned us to consider this carefully and have faith in the Mystic Law. No one can escape this strict Law of cause and effect.


THIS life is infinitely precious. Eternity is decided in this lifetime. True victory or defeat in life comes at the moment of death. Those who staunchly persevere in faith are eternal winners. This is the principle of attaining Buddhahood in this lifetime.


NOT advancing does not mean standing still. It is actually equivalent to moving backwards. In faith, there is no sense of "this is good enough". The arrogance in having this thought leads to laziness, and eventually to the cessation of one's practice.


KOSEN-RUFU is a supreme eternal task. It is a sublime undertaking to save mankind, and we are now building the foundation. The honour and fortune each of you gain by attending to this difficult task will shine throughout the three existences of your life. There is no happier or more honourable way to live.


REGARDLESS of the great pains which one may have taken for the sake of kosen-rufu over the course of many years, if at some point one abandons faith, everything that one has accomplished will in the end come to nothing. In effect, it is like multiplying 100 by a factor of zero.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com/ for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, On Reprimanding Hachiman.

Saturday

30th January

NICHIREN DAISHONIN's Buddhism is the Buddhism of "sowing"; its purpose is to plant the seed of enlightenment, Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, in the lives of all people on earth. Herein lies the fundamental cause to create the foundation of lasting, indestructible happiness for all people.


WHILE sharing your life warmly with those around you, you must also protect others, and win their sincere trust and respect. It is the basis for leadership in this age of democracy.


FAITH is an incessant struggle against growing complacency. Nichiren Daishonin stated, "Strengthen your faith day by day and month after month. Should you slacken even a bit, demons will take advantage." (MW 1, p241) He also wrote, "Hold fast to your faith so that your wish will be fulfilled." (MW 1, p125)


FAITH is absolute confidence; it is to live vibrantly. A person of faith is someone who lives one's life with unflagging hope and courage to the very end; who spreads the Mystic Law and thoroughly savours the joy deriving from the Law, leading an existence in which all wishes are fulfilled.


SINCE we have been born on this planet, let us dedicate our lives to the highest Law and advance along the path of the highest good. Please know that all of your hard work for kosen-rufu will unquestionable benefit your communities and your families, and will come back to you exponentially in the form of boundless joy and happiness.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com/ for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, On Reprimanding Hachiman.