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“The Soka Gakkai will forever follow the great path of the Middle Way, for that is the essence of Buddhism.
“Looking back on the process by which he attained enlightenment, Shakyamuni said he had awakened to the Middle Way, transcending the extremes of hedonism and asceticism.
“In ‘On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime,’ the Daishonin explains the true significance of the Middle Way: ‘Life is indeed an elusive reality that transcends both the words and concepts of existence and non-existence. It is neither existence nor nonexistence, yet exhibits the qualities of both. It is the mystic entity of the Middle Way that is the ultimate reality. Myo is the name given to the mystic nature of life. (WND –1, 4)
“The Middle Way is not a neutral or passive state, nor an averaging of two extremes. Rather, it is the process of attaining the way in accord with truth and reason. It is living based on a complete and holistic view of life.“
The Buddhism of the Sun—Illuminating The World,  Celebrating May 3rd-A Proud Citadel of Ordinary People with the Mission of Bodhisattvas of the Earth, The Soka Gakkai Follows the Great Path of the Middle Way, May 2019
Thursday, April 2nd, 2020
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“The Soka Gakkai’s aim is that our grassroots movement will become a ‘pillar’ supporting peace around the world; serve as ‘eyes’ that keenly discern the future and are focused on creating hope; and be a ‘great ship’ with the compassion to take on board all living beings, uniting the world, crossing the rough seas of our times and opening a new page of happiness and peace for humankind.
“With the conviction that we are on ‘a sure course to historic achievement,’* our ship sets out eagerly on a hope-filled voyage to spread the Daishonin’s teachings across the globe, as “the mast of the one true teaching of the Middle Way [Nam-myoho-renge-kyo]’** (WND –1, 34) stands in the centre.
“This simile has profound meaning. If we can ride out the tempestuous seas, eventually the waters will grow calm once more. In the turbulent waves of history, we can see the dauntless ability of humanity to surmount all hardships. Even in the face of conflicts and natural disasters, we can robustly restore and rebuild our lives. Such is the resilience and fortitude of ordinary people. As long as ‘the mast of the one true teaching of the Middle Way“ stands firm, we can keep sailing onwards.“
The Buddhism of the Sun—Illuminating The World, [49
Tuesday, March 31st, 2020
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“In the Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings, under the heading ‘Chapter Fifteen: Emerging from the Earth / One important point,’ the Daishonin says: ‘Nichiren and his followers, who now chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, are all [to be counted among] these bodhisattvas who emerged from the earth’ (OTT, 118). This passage is important documentary proof that all Soka Gakkai members are Bodhisattvas of the Earth with a lofty mission.
“Anyone who stands up to spread the Mystic Law is a Bodhisattva of the Earth. Such people are bodhisattvas who are one with the eternal Buddha and whose lives brim with ‘merits that are without beginning and without end‘(OTT, 119).
“The above passage states that the Bodhisattvas of the Earth are ‘possessors of the essential or original Law’ (OTT, 119). They are the ‘true disciples’* who have embraced the original Law of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and have vowed to dedicate their lives to propagating it in the strife-filled saha world.“
The Buddhism of the Sun—Illuminating The World, 
Monday, March 30th, 2020
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“As the Daishonin states in The Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings: ‘Morning after morning we rise up with the Buddha, evening after evening we lie down with the Buddha’ (OTT, 83).
“All we need to do is keep pressing ahead in our faith day after day, steadily and patiently, with confidence and good cheer. In this way, we will experience gratitude and the joy of faith amid our seemingly ordinary lives. Even if, as we age, we can’t get about as easily as we once could, we can encourage others over the phone or in writing. We can chant for their happiness and victory….
“As long as we continue chanting to the Gohonzon each day and practising alongside our mentor and our fellow members, we will have no cause for anxiety or fear. We will reside in a realm of complete security and peace of mind.
“ The purpose of our Buddhist practice is to attain indestructible happiness, no matter what. It enables us to continue our eternal journey experiencing joy in both life and death.“
The Buddhism of the Sun—Illuminating the World, [48
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
SGI President Ikeda’s Words of Encouragement
ENGRAVING THE DAISHONIN’S WRITINGS IN OUR HEARTS:
WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT FROM SGI PRESIDENT IKEDA
(28) Our Prayer for Kosen-rufu Can Make the Impossible Possible
I, Nichiren, have inscribed my life in sumi ink, so believe in the Gohonzon with your whole heart. The Buddha’s will is the Lotus Sutra, but the soul of Nichiren is nothing other than Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. From “Reply to Kyo’o” (WND-1, 412).
The Gohonzon is the embodiment of the life of Nichiren Daishonin, the Buddha of the Latter Day of the Law. When we believe in the Gohonzon and steadfastly chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo for the sake of kosen-rufu, our life comes to shine as the “treasure tower,” an object of fundamental respect. We can bring forth lionlike courage and boundless wisdom, and transform any karma.
The power of unshakable conviction in the Mystic Law can turn all negative workings into positive functions. Together with the Daishonin, let us continue to illuminate society and humanity with the light of the unsurpassed philosophy of respect for the dignity of life.
(Translated from the March 24, 2020, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, the Soka Gakkai daily newspaper)