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Old 02-25-2013, 06:15 AM #101
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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!


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Old 02-25-2013, 06:22 AM #102
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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
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Old 02-25-2013, 06:23 AM #103
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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.
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Old 02-25-2013, 06:24 AM #104
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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
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Old 02-25-2013, 06:27 AM #105
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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
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Old 02-25-2013, 06:28 AM #106
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The determinations we make in the "present"
open up our "future" in unimaginable ways.
Come, let's plunge ourselves into action.
Let's put our very best into this day
with the spirit to tackle the matters at hand
and come out at the end of the day with a decisive victory!


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Old 02-25-2013, 06:29 AM #107
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"It is the nature of beasts to threaten the weak and fear the strong."

(Letter from Sado - The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol.1, page 302) Selection source: President Ikeda's Guidance, Seikyo Shimbun, January 13th, 2013
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Old 02-25-2013, 06:14 PM #108
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"'Hell Is the Land of Tranquil Light': 'When he was alive, he was a Buddha in life, and now he is a Buddha in death. He is a Buddha in both life and death. This is what is meant by that most important doctrine called attaining Buddhahood in one’s present form. The fourth volume of the Lotus Sutra states, "If one can uphold this [sutra], one will be upholding the Buddha’s body" [LSOC11, 220]' (WND-1, 456).

“This passage is from a letter that Nichiren Daishonin wrote to the lay nun Ueno, the mother of Nanjo Tokimitsu, known as ‘Ueno the Worthy,’ and the wife of Nanjo Hyoe Shichiro. After her husband died, the lay nun Ueno splendidly raised their nine children and remained pure-hearted in her faith.

“Here, the Daishonin says that when her husband, Nanjo Hyoe Shichiro, was alive, he was a ‘Buddha in life,’ and now, after his death, he is a ‘Buddha in death.’ He was a Buddha in both life and death, the Daishonin writes.

“Why? Because all of us, who have appeared in this world to carry out kosen-rufu, are the true disciples of Nichiren Daishonin, the Buddha of the Latter Day of the Law, and courageous Bodhisattvas of the Earth. The fact that we have made the same great vow as the Daishonin to propagate the Lotus Sutra and are striving for kosen-rufu for the happiness of others is proof that we ourselves are Buddhas and Bodhisattvas of the Earth. That is because only Buddhas and the Bodhisattvas of the Earth can carry out the sacred work of kosen-rufu.

“To find utmost enjoyment in Soka Gakkai activities, in sharing this Buddhism with others, and in chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo; to brim with enthusiasm for taking on new challenges, and to feel that life itself is joy—this is the life-state of Buddhahood, of being a ‘Buddha in life.’"


SGI Newsletter No. 8707, The New Human Revolution––Vol. 26: Chap. 1, Atsuta 42,translated 21st Jan. 2013
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Old 02-25-2013, 06:45 PM #109
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"There is no true happiness for human beings other than chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. The sutra reads, '. . . where living beings enjoy themselves at ease.' How could this passage mean anything but the boundless joy of the Law?"

(Happiness in This World - The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Volume 1, page 681) Selection source: "Kyo no Hosshin", Seikyo Shimbun, February 25th, 2013
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That determination that we make right now
is what opens up the way to our future.
Based on our strong faith and practice,
let's stand up and take action now!
The crucial moment that changes our lives is
something that we ourselves create.


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