Current Testimonial - "Not advancing is regressing and we must keep advancing in faith" - We will eventually achieve victory as long as we maintiain our practice and strong faith. Read how Sahil Mehra succeeded in achieving victories in his life. Read his testimonial at the Chant for a Better Life blog to find out more.

Request for Testimonials - We would like to encourage all Soka members from around the world to send in your testimonials to actualproofs[at]yahoo.com and share your experiences - how you overcome the challenges you faced and achieve victories - with other members who could learn from you.

Friday

27th March

IT is absolutely forbidden for any SGI leaders to borrow money from or lend money to fellow members. Problems arising from such loans can result not only in trouble and grief for the parties involved, but in distrust and confusion spreading throughout the organisation. I state once again that what matters most is not money, fame or position, but one's heart.


IT is beneficial to study the doctrines of Buddhism. The more we study them, the more it reinforces our understanding and deepens our appreciation of the excellence and profundity of Buddhism, which in turn serves to strengthen our faith and conviction. The fundamental purpose of our Buddhist study is to fortify the power of our faith and practice.


"TRY" is a little word, but big things - victory and glory - can be found within it. The sight of someone trying, no matter what obstacles one faces, no matter what the circumstances are, is the sight of victory itself.


PRAYERS offered based on the Mystic Law for the repose of a deceased parent constitute the highest form of filial piety. The Daishonin stated that one who carries out such filial actions will definitely be protected by the Buddhist gods.


IT is vital to deepen your "roots of faith". If the roots of your faith are deep, you will never be toppled by the winds of impermanence. The "branches" of complete fulfilment will then grow, and the "fruit" of your change in destiny towards the attainment of Buddhahood will ripen. The accumulation of many experiences in faith, along with your daily practice and effort, will nourish the root of your faith and allow them to spread and deepen.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, The Essentials for Attaining Buddhahood.

Thursday

26th March

THE power of daimoku is invincible. Through daimoku, there is no situation we cannot change, no obstacle we cannot surmount, no battle in kosen-rufu or in daily life we cannot win. As long as we possess strong faith, we can, at every moment, turn wherever we are into a Land of Tranquil Light.


THROUGH life-to-life encouragement in faith, we can polish our character and deepen our faith. Through encouraging one another in various ways, we can deepen our faith and secure a course along the correct path in life. The way of faith is profound; you cannot continue to walk it alone.


A single day of work for kosen-rufu rivals a year or even two years of living without such a goal when one considers the worth of the golden light it releases. That is because each day, each instant determines to what extent our life will be filled with blessing and merit.


ESPECIALLY since Buddhism teaches the true path of humanity, in the realm of Buddhism, there can be no excuse for such ingratitude as scorning and trampling on those who have helped you, for thinking only of yourself and not caring about anyone else. This is completely divorced from the true path of humanity.


AS human beings, we are polished and forged in the great sea of humanity. We are able to build a solid self through coming into contact and interacting with all kinds of people, young and old alike. It is the same in the realm of faith. We block off the path to our own happiness if we succumb to selfish faith that is disconnected from the SGI. That is what makes a harmoniously united organisation of faith so important.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, The Essentials for Attaining Buddhahood.

Wednesday

25th March

THE spirit of mutual respect is the essence of Buddhist humanism. It is the profound teaching of Shakyamuni and Nichiren Daishonin. It is the light of hope that can transform the cycle of war and violence. The significance of your efforts to widely communicate the teachings of Buddhism is immense indeed.


BUDDHISM is concerned with reality. There is no such thing as Buddhism divorced from reality. Practising faith does not mean that your life will be free of the "mud" of suffering. It means acquiring the life force not to be defeated by suffering. In fact, it is necessary to have lots of struggles. Faith means developing the state of life to be able to enjoy even the challenge of facing and overcoming our hardships.


THOSE who toil in the shadows, enduring hardships unselfishly for the sake of kosen-rufu are truly respectworthy. You must put your whole heart into your efforts for kosen-rufu, sincerely and honestly. Such a spirit will surely reach the Gohonzon.


BUDDHIST believers who live with a sense of mission are never alone when they walk or involve themselves in any activity. They are surrounded by the four bodhisattvas who are always with them. These bodhisattvas are your allies. They will always protect you. I want you to be deeply convinced of this fact.


I hope the members of the youth division will forge ahead courageously along the great road to kosen-rufu and the correct path of faith. While basing yourselves on the Gohonzon, please advance towards kosen-rufu, the will of Nichiren Daishonin, and live the days of your youth most meaningfully.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, The Essentials for Attaining Buddhahood.

Tuesday

24th March

YOUR efforts to study the gosho, no matter how busy your schedule or how difficult it may be to understand, are an expression of your seeking mind. Whether you understand it or not, I hope you will make an effort to read at least one passage or phrase of the gosho daily.


PEOPLE who walk a lot, who move a lot, are healthy in both mind and body. In the face of our rapidly aging society, walking will gain a higher and higher reputation. And on top of this, there is no more laudable movement than walking about for the sake of kosen-rufu.


IN life, there are times when we experience sickness; there are times when we find ourselves deadlocked. We have various sufferings and worries. However, those who believe in the Mystic Law, persevere in chanting daimoku, and dedicate themselves to kosen-rufu are able to change their worries into cause to experience ever greater happiness. For this reason, no matter what might happen, a place where such people are is an enlightened land.


DO not make excuses; take responsibility for your own life and resolve to be victorious. If you allow yourself to be defeated, all the excuses in the world will get you nowhere. Defeat is a defeat no matter how eloquently you may try to justify yourself. The important thing is to win where you are right now; to achieve victory without fail.


THE SGI is a realm of faith. The most important things in that realm are faith and personal character. We are studying, if you like, at the "people's university" of the SGI. This "SGI University" is the best university in the world, where we learn how to live as human beings.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, The Essentials for Attaining Buddhahood.

Monday

23rd March

RELIGION serves as a foundation for people's lives. When people possess a solid inner foundation of humanistic faith, then economics, philosophy and education can begin to fulfil their highest purpose. That is why a humanistic religious movement will inevitably be a movement dedicated to improving society and realising peace for all humankind. It is with this conviction that we of the SGI have developed our movement for peace, culture and education based on Buddhism.


CHARACTER and integrity are very important. A spirit of mutual respect and trust is a vital basis for real friendship. That said, there might naturally be times when you have arguments and disagreements with your friends. But there should always be an underlying spirit of respect and consideration for each other, no matter how close you are. In friendship, you must not think only of yourself.


WHEN something happens, the mind of a person who has not received training, of a self-conceited person, immediately becomes agitated and is swayed. If one's mind does not become settled, then one cannot advance straight ahead along the path of happiness on which attaining Buddhahood in this lifetime lies.


I cannot tell you how much I hope and pray that you will tenaciously carry on with courageous faith for the eternal prosperity of yourselves, your immediate families and all your relatives.


THE gosho stated, "Myo means to open," and "Myo means to revitalise." Faith opens the way for changing all problems and sufferings into happiness, joy and hope, giving us fresh vitality. Based on the principle of "substituting faith for wisdom", we can unlock the essential wisdom we possess within us.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, The Essentials for Attaining Buddhahood.

Sunday

22nd March

SOME people seem to be active for a while, but eventually disappear from our movement for kosen-rufu. Almost without exception, such people are negligent in their daily practice of gongyo. Those who neglect doing gongyo will eventually lose their ability to grasp any points of faith or to accept guidance, no matter how great it may be.


ONE of my mottos is that waves get rougher every time they encounter an obstacle. Another is that the true hero is one who is strong when he rises up alone. These have been my convictions from the time I was sixteen.


TO live honestly and straightforwardly in the world of kosen-rufu. To always continue struggling forward. To persevere in the practice for oneself and for others. Through such efforts, the "heart" of faith will solidify. The world of Buddhahood exists in faith that is forged in such a fashion.


YOUR practice of gongyo and daimoku is not an obligation, it is a right. The Gohonzon will never demand that you chant to it. An attitude of appreciation in being able to chant to the Gohonzon is the heart of faith. The more you exert yourself in faith - in doing gongyo and chanting daimoku - the more you stand to gain.


"I am happy. For I uphold the unsurpassable Mystic Law" - just talk to others about Buddhism with this conviction. No matter what your present circumstances, everyone who chants and spreads the Mystic Law is an emissary of the Buddha. I hope you will all take great pride in the fact that you are accumulating immeasurable good fortune and walking a direct course to eternal happiness.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, The Essentials for Attaining Buddhahood.

Saturday

21st March

SOCIETY as a whole today seems shrouded in gloom. It is as if we have entered a dark tunnel. That is precisely why it is so important for us to energetically send the philosophy of hope, the voice of encouragement, the power of guidance to all around us. Those who can continue to do this are true leaders, and their lives emanate with the virtues of the Buddha who is dedicated to leading others to happiness.


IN any endeavour, the final stages of completion, the finishing touches, are important. The final outcome of our lives is also determined by how we live our final chapter, how we bring our life to completion. The teachings of Buddhism, which provide essential answers to the nature of life and death, are indispensable to this pursuit.


TO be victorious, one needs both wisdom and earnestness. If one is earnest but lacks wisdom, then one cannot win. Nor can one win if one has wisdom but is not serious on one's efforts.


SOMETIMES it may be important for a person to strike a dashing pose and wave the banner before his/her fellow members. But more important is to fight on the front lines, being willing to endure all sacrifices to protect others. The true hero is often not al all dashing, but a very humble, unassuming figure.


AS long as we maintain strong faith in the Gohonzon, we can always act with fresh vitality and overcome every difficulty as we gain a new outlook in life. We should remember that the prime point of faith is to live our entire lives with the deep conviction that no deadlock is impossible to surmount.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, The Essentials for Attaining Buddhahood.

Friday

20th March

WITHOUT the pressure of air against its wings, an aeroplane cannot fly. In a similar sense, unless we experience hardship and suffering in life, we cannot feel any real joy. Though we will definitely meet difficulty and resistance in life when we live for the sake of kosen-rufu, our lives will shine brilliantly in the eyes of people around us, even though we, ourselves may not be aware of it.


PEOPLE with a purpose do not waste a moment of their lives, whatever age they may reach. Putting the hardships, studies and experiences of their youth to work for them, they bring their lives to completion with dignity. Their lives are fuller by several times than those people without purpose.


IF one's heart is true and unclouded, that in itself is happiness; one is filled with a sense of hope and develops the hardy fortitude of optimists. The door to happiness will open widely before those who possess the unflagging spirit to never give up or despair no matter what happens, to those with a heart that is always bright and cheerful.


IT is short-sighted to simply throw in the towel the moment you encounter the slightest obstacle or block. People who are truly motivated by the spirit to contribute to the well-being of others and to humanity never give up in their endeavours. In contrast, those who are motivated by vanity or by a shallow desire for fame or fortune are easily disheartened.


BUDDHISM concerns itself with winning. And it is crucial that we triumph. We must triumph over ourselves and triumph in life. That is the reason we practise Nichiren Buddhism.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, The Essentials for Attaining Buddhahood.

Thursday

19th March

WHEN viewed through the eyes of Buddhism, everything has profound meaning. We must not lament our situations. As long as we have strong, courageous faith, we can definitely transform all hardships into something positive, turning poison into medicine. Please engrave these words of Nichiren Daishonin in your heart, and continue advancing resolutely forward, no matter what happens.


YOU do not normally receive your pay cheque at the end of your first day at work. The sapling you planted today is not a mighty oak tomorrow. If our prayers were automatically answered; with no true, deep prayer on our part, without desperate life-to-death effort, we would become spoiled and useless. If that is how it works, our practice of Buddhism would not make us into people of outstanding character; it would destroy us.


WE are not alone and without friends. We can confidently overcome difficulties and turn everything into an impetus towards happiness. When one has a firm conviction of this, one will experience a sense of boundless courage; one will not be afraid of anything. Those who fear nothing are happy people.


IN any human relation, we must speak exactly as our conviction dictates, without a single cloud in our heart. That is a wonderful, invigourating way to live. And based on such a way of life, the bonds of the family, the bonds of comrades in faith are strengthened.


NO matter what sufferings or difficulties you may experience, you should never lose hope. Even if you may temporarily suffer from the devil of illness or financial difficulty, your heart should always be aglow with indestructible hope.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, The Essentials for Attaining Buddhahood.

Wednesday

18th March

THE Gosho stated that "the suffering of hell will vanish instantly". So long as you have ever-advancing faith, you will definitely erase your evil karma, change your destiny and enter a state of life in which all your desires are unmistakably fulfilled. Confident in this, please continue to chant abundant daimoku, always advancing another step with pure and gallant faith.


THOUGH we may speak of winning, there are various stages in life. No doubt some of you are now engaged in painful struggles with no signs of victory in sight. Still, you do not have to be discouraged in the least. What is important is gaining final victory. And it is towards this end that you carry through with faith.


A person of seeking spirit is always youthful, always full of joy, always vigourous. People with seeking minds humbly examine themselves, and strive to develop their lives. Through such efforts, they are able to develop great characters. A genuine Buddhist and genuine member of SGI is one who always lives vibrantly and continually advances through life with a seeking mind.


LIFE is long. There is no need to be impatient or in a hurry. The important thing is to steadily and surely build a solid self. Especially since you uphold faith in the Mystic Law, no matter what may happen, you can propel everything into the very best possible direction. Please advance with that conviction.


WHO is a youth? It is not simply a question of age. A youth is someone who keeps progressing day after day. A person who advances is a youth in the truest sense. If we lack the spirit to advance, we are old at heart, no matter how young we may be in years. Moreover, the Mystic Law is the font of perennial youth and eternal life. It allows us to make our way through the three existences of past, present and future with infinite life force.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, The Essentials for Attaining Buddhahood.