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    #91
    Keep on chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo~
    !
    My soul smells of Canapa!

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      #92
      "Single-mindedly chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and urge others to do the same; that will remain as the only memory of your present life in this human world."

      (Questions and Answers about Embracing the Lotus Sutra - The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol.1, page 64) Selection source: Kyo no Hosshin, Seikyo Shimbun, February 23rd, 2013
      Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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        #93
        "My mentor, second Soka Gakkai president Josei Toda, said: 'You are all Bodhisattvas of the Earth, born into this world with a great mission and potential. Believe in yourselves and make your way in life with confidence! The key to victory is striving with absolute tenacity to weather and win through each day of struggle and hardship!'"

        SGI Newsletter No. 8720. SGI President Ikeda’s Editorial - My Young Friends, Be Confident and Positive! Translated 18th Feb. 2013 from the March 2013 issue of Daibyakurenge.
        Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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          #94
          "Believe in this mandala with all your heart. Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is like the roar of a lion. What sickness can therefore be an obstacle? It is written that those who embrace the daimoku of the Lotus Sutra will be protected by the Mother of Demon Children and by the ten demon daughters. "

          (Reply to Kyo'o - The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol.1, page 412) Selection source: "Kyo no Hosshin", Seikyo Shimbun, February 7th, 2013
          Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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            #95
            "the American educator John Dewey (1859–1952) observed: 'What one person and one group accomplish becomes the standing ground and starting point of those who succeed them.'[1]

            "...In his famous Democracy and Education (1916), Dewey wrote: 'From a social standpoint, dependence denotes a power rather than a weakness; it involves interdependence.'[2] Seeing people’s growth as the product of their interconnectedness with others, Dewey emphasised the importance of the individual being both self-reliant and a presence others can depend on. At the same time, however, he did not view the act of relying on others as a weakness, but as a strength that served to solidify unity and prevent arrogant self-centredness.

            "Human beings thrive on mutual support and encouragement. This is the source of our humanity."


            SGI Newsletter No. 8705, Encouragement for Soka Educators. (1) Creating a New Age of Education Where Teacher and Student Grow Together—Part 3 [of 3],from the 3rd Feb., 2012, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, translated 18th Jan, 2013

            [1] John Dewey, A Common Faith (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1934), p. 50.
            [2] John Dewey, Democracy and Education: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Education (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1926), p. 52.
            Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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              #96
              "Life itself is a continuous exploration of the unknown. There may be times when we encounter unexpected storms of adversity. But it is in challenging those difficulties that we find the way to break through them and win. As long as we don’t lose sight of our goals, not a single day will ever be wasted; each day will be precious and meaningful, filling us with hope and allowing us to grow."

              SGI Newsletter No. 8708, Our Brilliant Path to Victory, Bring Forth Fresh Passion and Energy!—Part 2 [of 2], from the 19th Oct., 2012, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, translated 22nd Jan. 2013
              Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                #97
                "Although I and my disciples may encounter various difficulties, if we do not harbour doubts in our hearts, we will as a matter of course attain Buddhahood."

                (The Opening of the Eyes - The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Volume 1, page 283)
                Selection source: "Kyo no Hosshin", Seikyo Shimbun, January 31st, 2013
                Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                  #98
                  Let's strengthen our faith more than ever
                  and continue to advance, brimming with pride.
                  Kosen-rufu is an unprecedented journey
                  to open up an era for the people.
                  Let's spur ourselves into action
                  with unwavering determination and courage!


                  Daisaku Ikeda
                  Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                    #99
                    "Nichiren Daishonin writes: 'Our minds are like the water. Faith that is weak is like muddy water, while faith that is brave is like clear water' (WND-1, 1079). Here, he is telling us to advance with 'brave faith.'

                    "Great benefits result from faith that translates into decisive and courageous action. We cannot activate the protective functions of the universe when we are fainthearted or full of complaint and negativity. As the Daishonin says, 'It is the heart that is important' (WND-1, 1000).


                    SGI Newsletter No. 8671, On Our Shared Journey for Kosen-rufu, (22) Advance with “Brave Faith, ” from 15th July, 2012 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, translated 14th Nov. 2012
                    Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                      "Great events never have minor omens. When great evil occurs, great good follows."

                      (Great Evil and Great Good - The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol.1, page 1119) Selection source: Kyo no Hosshin, Seikyo Shimbun, November 17th, 2012
                      Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                        Those who have experienced the greatest hardships and suffering
                        can definitely lead the happiest of lives.
                        Our faith and practice is the very source of boundless hope.
                        Today also, let's stride together towards happiness!


                        Daisaku Ikeda
                        Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                          "No matter how poor these estates might be, avoid complaining of it, either to others or to your lord. If you say, 'They are excellent, excellent lands,' your lord may add to your fiefs again. But if you say things like, 'The lands are poor,' or 'There are no profits,' you could very well be forsaken by both heaven and other people. You should bear this in mind."

                          (The Receipt of New Fiefs - The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol.1, page 945) Selection source: "Myoji no Gen", Seikyo Shimbun, February 24th, 2013
                          Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                            "Nichiren Daishonin writes: 'Buddhism is like the body, and society like the shadow. When the body bends, so does the shadow' (WND-1, 1039). The humanistic philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism provides a solid backbone in life and a golden pillar in society.

                            "A youth who decides to embrace and practise the Mystic Law—the supreme teaching of the dignity of life—will definitely be able to bring positive change to their family, workplace, and community. That is why talking to young people about our Buddhist practice and helping more and more of them form a connection with Nichiren Buddhism is the most practical and surest way forwards in our efforts for world peace and the happiness of humanity."


                            SGI Newsletter No. 8720. SGI President Ikeda’s Editorial - My Young Friends, Be Confident and Positive! Translated 18th Feb. 2013 from the March 2013 issue of Daibyakurenge.
                            Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                              "For example, the journey from Kamakura to Kyoto takes twelve days. If you travel for eleven but stop with only one day remaining, how can you admire the moon over the capital?"

                              (Letter to Niike - The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol.1, page 1027) Selection source: "Kyo no Hosshin", Seikyo Shimbun, December 14th 2012
                              Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                                "'Be diligent in developing your faith until the last moment of your life. Otherwise you will have regrets. For example, the journey from Kamakura to Kyoto takes twelve days. If you travel for eleven but stop with only one day remaining, how can you admire the moon over the capital?' - From 'Letter to Niike'� (WND-1, 1027).

                                "This is a Gosho passage that I engraved in my life together with my beloved Kansai members during the Osaka Campaign of 1956.

                                "In any struggle, those who keep striving to the very end, firmly resolved to win, will be victorious. By fighting our hardest at a crucial moment, we can put our lives on an imperishable trajectory forever imbued with the four noble virtues of eternity, happiness, true self, and purity.

                                "Chanting powerful daimoku that resounds like a lion's roar, let's exert ourselves bravely and vigourously each day."


                                SGI Newsletter No. 8688, Living the Gosho: Words of Encouragement from SGI President Ikeda, (99) Living Each Day without Regret, from the 13th Dec., 2012, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, translated 14th Dec. 2012
                                Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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