When one carries out the single practice of exercising faith in MyoHo-Renge-Kyo, there are no blessings that fail to come to one, and no good karma that does not begin to work on one's behalf.
From "conversation between a Sage and an Unenlightened man" (WND-1, pg133)
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At first one may seem to have faith in the Lotus Sutra, but it is hard to maintain that faith to the last. Water for example may be stirred by the wind, or blossoms may lose their hue with the fading of the morning dew. How then have you been able to persist in your faith up until today? It must be thanks entirely to the blessings you have acquired in previous existences, and to the care bestowed on you by Shakyamuni Buddha. How heartening is that thought, how heartening indeed!
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Robust and Confident Lives
What robust and confident lives we can lead when we possess the unsurpassed good medicine of the Mystic Law ! We come to brim with greater vitality and grow more youthful in spirit with each passing year of our Buddhist practice.
By manifesting the eternal Buddhahood innate within us, we can live undefeated by any obstacle or devilish function and advance on the path of neither ageing nor death as expounded in the Lotus Sutra. Therefore, let us… Continue
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Benefit Shines in Sincerity
To earnestly continue chanting and taking action for the happiness of others, even if no one else sees our efforts - such unseen virtue will definitely bring clearly visible reward in the form of wonderful victory.
Always basing our actions on the Mystic Law - the fundamental law of cause and effect - we of the SGI have been able to win in every endeavor.
Nothing is ever wasted in our efforts for Kosen-rufu. Those who are steadfast in… Continue
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Exert Yourself in the Two Ways of Practice and Study
The writings of Nichiren Daishonin are teachings of hope. When we study these writings and chant Nam MyoHo Renge Kyo, our lives come to shine all the more brightly and overflow with courage, the wisdom of the Mystic Law and the power of the Buddha.
The Daishonin encourages us to talk to others about Buddhism. Let us vibrantly reach out to others in dialogue. The more we talk to others about our practice, the more people… Continue
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A Buddha is One Who Continue to Strive
A Buddha is a person who continues to strive in the real world based on the Mystic Law, guided by the belief that their own life and the lives of others are infinitely valuable and respect worthy.
What distinguishes a Buddha from an Unenlightened person is the unshakeable conviction that our inner potential is as vast as the universe itself. When we awaken to this truth, we will not be defeated by even the most challenging environment… Continue
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Joyfully Striving Where We are
The Land of Eternally Tranquil Light is not some far-off utopia. It exists here and now where we are striving for kosen-rufu with the same spirit as our mentor.
No matter how trying the struggles we mat be facing, if our resolve in faith remains unshaken in the depths of our life, then we will definitely be able to triumph over everything. Always remember that the Capital of Eternally Tranquil Light resides in that resolve.
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The Unsurpassed Good Fortune and Benefit of Faith
Soka Gakkai 2nd president Josei Toda used to say quite matter of factly: We deliberately chose to be born poor and sick so that we could spread the Mystic Law through demonstrating the transformative power of faith to others.
Our current circumstances are like a role that we have taken on this lifetime in order to fulfill our mission in accord with our eternal vow to lead others to happiness.
Since we have… Continue
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Changing Poison into Medicine through Powerful Prayer
The Buddhism of Nichiren Daishonin allows us to change poison into medicine and to transform our negative karma. There is no hardship or suffering that we cannot overcome, no darkness that we cannot break through. Now is the time to bring forth the vast and immeasurable power of the Buddha and the Law.
The more challenging the times, the more important it is that we take a step forward based on powerful… Continue
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The Gohonzon Exists Within Us
The Gohonzon exists within us. The supremely noble life-state of Buddhahood shines nowhere but in our own lives as people dedicated to the cause of kosen-rufu. Consequently, no matter what happens, as long as we maintain strong faith, we will be fine. There is nothing to worry about. Nothing is more precious than the individual human beings who uphold and practice the Mystic Law.
(Living the Gosho, pg63)
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Strengthen Your Faith More than Ever
The human heart is a wondrous thing. We can strengthen and deepen our heart without limit. And faith is its strongest and deepest expression.
No matter what our circumstances may be, when we have firm faith in the Mystic Law, we will definitely be protected by the positive functions of the universe.
In Nichiren Buddhism, faith means always looking to the future and making a fresh start from this moment on. Let us begin each… Continue
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Take On Powerful Enemies with Courage and Joy
Youth, take on powerful enemies with courage and joy!
A heart that shies away from painful challenges and avoids hardships only strengthens devilish functions and allows them to take advantage.
By boldly challenging powerful enemies, we can forge and polish our lives. It enables us to do our human revolution and achieve Buddhahood in this lifetime.
As members of the SGI, directly connected to Nichiren… Continue
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Buddhism Means Winning in the End
Nichiren Daishonin states that all people are assured of attaining Buddhahood and that this is without exception.
Though we may not see results immediately, by persevering in our Buddhist practice we will definitely be able to win and open the way forward in our life.
Everything is part of our practice. Everything in our life has profound meaning in terms of Buddhism. It is there to make us even stronger and develop a life of greater… Continue
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Putting Determinations into Action
As a result of profound karmic ties from the past, we have had the good fortune to be born as human beings and to encounter the teaching of the Mystic Law, which is difficult to encounter. How precious is our existence! We must not spend this life in vain and be left with regrets.
Each one of our struggles and hardships for kosen-rufu will become joy-filled memories of our present life in this human world- indestructible diamond-like… Continue
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Leading an Invincible Life
Practicing Nichiren Buddhism empowers us boundlessly.
The courage of a lion king resides within our own lives.
Anyone who chants Nam MyoHo Renge Kyo can summon forth that courage without fail.
When we brim with the courage of a lion king, the howling clamour of slander and abuse will not intimidate us.
Let us live out our lives with confidence and pride,unbeaten by any trials.
(Living the… Continue
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Struggles Bring Forth Our Greatest Strength
It is precisely when we are battling hardships in life that we are able to bring forth the supreme power of the Buddha from within.
All struggles test and prove our strength leading us to the attainment of Buddhahood.
Nichiren Daishonin urges us to joyfully and courageously tackle problems and difficulties head-on. Simply lamenting our situation will not change it.
Overcoming hardships is essential to… Continue
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Opening the Path to Victory With the "Sword" of Courageous Faith
The invincible power of the Mystic Law manifests itself through courageous faith.
Please open the path to victory with powerful prayer and the indomitable spirit to never be defeated.
(Living the Gosho, pg31)
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Winter Always Turns to Spring
No matter how cold and bitter the winter, spring will definitely come.
All who have faith in the Lotus Sutra will attain Buddhahood without exception. Nicherin Buddhism exists so that those who have suffered the most can achieve happiness.
As members of the SGI, we earnestly take action to help people overcome all kinds of hardships and sufferings and usher in a springtime of hope and victory in their lives.
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Striving With the Same Spirit as Our Mentor
Our minds can be all too easily influenced and swayed by our environment. In striving to master our mind, therefore it becomes important to seek out and follow the example of a teacher or mentor who can guide us in the correct direction.
When we of Soka strive for kosen-rufu with the same spirit as our mentor in the realm of Buddhism, we can establish an unshakable mountain of faith in our hearts. This is our pride as champions… Continue
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Keep Moving Forward Day after Day
Even if it is just one small step , keep moving forward day after day. Do not get disheartened and do not give up!
Let us complete the tasks before us, one thing at a time. It is also important to share our ideals confidently with others. This way of action, we should remember is the path to the brilliant victory of mentor and disciple.
(Living the Gosho, pg 21)
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