Inspiration

DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“In addition to stand-alone faith, it is just as important for young people to carry out the Buddhist practice of compassion, of valuing and caring for each individual.”

The Buddhism of the Sun—Illuminating the World, [51] To My Friends of Each Division Engaged in Our Shared Struggle—Part 5 [of 6] , Parable Highlighting the Buddha’s Compassion, translated from the July 2019 issue of the Daibyaku-renge the Soka Gakkai monthly study journal, translation released March 2020.

Some Guidance

DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“As long as an ever growing number of young successors carries on the tradition of stand-alone faith, our movement for kosen-rufu is guaranteed to keep developing forever. This is the eternal perpetuation of the Law. It all depends on each one of you.

“As young people today, you may find your environment very complex and demanding. I know some of you are struggling with difficult circumstances and others battling storms of karma.

“But in every age, young people are the drivers of change. This is especially true of you who practise the wonderful Buddhism of Nichiren Daishonin. Young people who embrace the Mystic Law have the inner strength and resilience to forge their way through waves of adversity and suffering, without being swept away by them. Your stand-alone faith enables you to bring forth that ultimate strength.“

The Buddhism of the Sun—Illuminating the World, [51] To My Friends of Each Division Engaged in Our Shared Struggle—Part 5 [of 6] , The Unstoppable Tide of Worldwide Kosen-rufu, translated from the July 2019 issue of the Daibyaku-renge the Soka Gakkai monthly study journal, translation released March 2020.

Some Inspiration

DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“The Daishonin writes: ‘Those persons who have spoken slanderously of me will in time chant in the same way [as I do]’ (WND–1, 672). As he predicted, people who had slandered him in the past had begun to open their eyes to the truth of his words. His selfless, unremitting struggle in the face of harsh persecution, as well as his behaviour and the actual proof he demonstrated, led many people to become his followers or transformed them into allies.

“The Daishonin further voices his great conviction that all people—‘everyone from the ruler on down to the multitude of common people’ (WND–1, 672) — will come to chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.

“All people inherently possess the Buddha nature. It is therefore important that we continue to confidently and sincerely tell others about the greatness of Nichiren Buddhism and the Soka Gakkai. Even if some lack understanding and criticise us, their Buddha nature will eventually become active.“

The Buddhism of the Sun—Illuminating the World, [51] To My Friends of Each Division Engaged in Our Shared Struggle—Part 5 [of 6] , The Daishonin’s Selfless Struggle to Propagate the Law, translated from the July 2019 issue of the Daibyaku-renge the Soka Gakkai monthly study journal, translation released March 2020.

Guidance for today

DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“Never become what the Daishonin calls ‘talented animals’ (WND – 1, 258). Don’t allow your learning to make you arrogant or look down on decent, hard-working people. Don’t cause problems with your fellow members because of jealousy, resentment or self interest and be forced to leave the organisation for kosen-rufu. When people forget to have gratitude, they lose their way.

“May you all live with gratitude, the true path of humanity, and lead fulfilling lives without any regrets.”

The Buddhism of the Sun—Illuminating the World, [50] To My Friends of Each Division Engaged in Our Shared Struggle—Part 4 [of 6], Don’t Get Lost in Your Own Labyrinth, June 2019

Some Inspiration

DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“Kosen-rufu is an eternal spiritual struggle with the devil king of the sixth heaven,* who tries to control, dominate and oppress people’s lives. That’s why the Daishonin says that on the path to attaining Buddhahood, one becomes a Buddha when one strives with the spirit to ‘lay down one’s life’ (WND – 1, 202). When we bravely face the difficulties we encounter, we are able to display lionlike courage, immeasurable wisdom and boundless compassion. In other words, we reveal the life state of Buddhahood.

“It’s important that we wholeheartedly encourage and support our fellow members as we lead the way in advancing kosen-rufu. Fulfilling the mission of Bodhisattva Universal Worthy requires committing our lives to the great vow to spread the Mystic Law.”

The Buddhism of the Sun—Illuminating the World, [50] To My Friends of Each Division Engaged in Our Shared Struggle—Part 4 [of 6], Repaying Debts of Gratitude, June 2019 issue of the Daibyaku Renge, the Soka Gakkai’s monthly study journal, translation released March 2020

* Devil king of the sixth heaven: Also, Devil king or heavenly devil. The king of devils, who dwells in the highest or the sixth heaven of the world of desire. He is also named Freely Enjoying Things Conjured by Others, the king who makes free use of the fruits of others’ efforts for his own pleasure. Served by innumerable minions, he obstructs Buddhist practice and delights in sapping the life force of other beings, the manifestation of the fundamental darkness inherent in life. The devil king is a personification of the negative tendency to force others to ones will at any cost.

Daily Guidance

DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“Please strive to forge links between the vast, profound sea of Buddhism and the world’s foremost streams of thought and philosophy, thereby revealing the brilliance of universal wisdom that has the power to protect the people. This is our role as a global religious movement. Your self- development and growth will create a new era.”

The Buddhism of the Sun—Illuminating the World, [50] To My Friends of Each Division Engaged in Our Shared Struggle—Part 4 [of 6], Be People Who Champion Justice and Human Dignity, June 2019 issue of the Daibyaku Renge, the Soka Gakkai’s monthly study journal, translation released March 2020

Inspiration

DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“Mr. Toda said: ‘Great feeling gives rise to great reason…. Our feelings for our fellow citizens and the rest of humanity stem from the highest reason. Nichiren Daishonin’s spirit is itself the highest feeling and reason.’

“Our ardent wish to actualise Mr. Toda’s dream of eliminating misery and suffering from the world enables us to develop our wisdom and abilities and grow into compassionate leaders.

“Our great, unyielding passion for kosen-rufu brings forth the universal wisdom to elevate and enrich the life state of humanity as a whole.

“Our unremitting struggle, based on our vow, against all evils that inflict suffering on the people causes the light of wisdom for justice to shine.

“Our belief in the Buddha nature of the person in front of us becomes the wisdom to respect all human beings.

“This wisdom is never self-righteous.“

The Buddhism of the Sun—Illuminating the World, [50] To My Friends of Each Division Engaged in Our Shared Struggle—Part 4 [of 6], Be People Who Champion Justice and Human Dignity, June 2019 issue of the Daibyaku Renge