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Sunday

26th October

PRESIDENT TODA said: “The ultimate fruit of our efforts will begin to appear from our 50s. No matter what your circumstances right now, live with joy and perseverance!” And specifically in his guidance to the women, he said: “True happiness will begin to blossom in your lives from your 40s onward.” Therefore, regardless of painful or trying your present situation, you must not be defeated. It is important to undergo many hardships during one’s youth.


MAKING a start is important in life. If we just spend our time prevaricating about taking our place on the stage of our mission, if we hesitate and run back into the wings, our lives will be lackluster and unfulfilling. Do you agree that it is far more satisfying and exhilarating to walk out intrepidly onto that stage, fired with resolve to do our best, to achieve something of value and to touch and inspire our audience?


IT is the present moment, what one does from now on, that counts. We must always live with our focus on the present and the future. We must continuously challenge the future from the vantage of the present. This is the Buddhism of the True Cause.


PEOPLE can see through the likes of cunning and deception. More importantly, such behaviour is judge by history. You must not be fooled by hypocrisy, deceit or fraud. If you let that happen, it is your own personal defeat. You will destroy the castle of good fortune in your life that you have striven so painstakingly to build.


LIFE is a continuous series of victories and defeat. Therefore, to crown your life with victory, you must first construct a firm foundation and then you will be able to brave any difficulty.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com/ for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, The Three Kinds of Treasure.

Saturday

25th October

GANDHI said: “Untruth corrodes the soul; truth nourishes it.” Deceit corrupts the spirit and fosters human misery. Truth enriches our spirit and fosters human happiness. That is why it is so important to thoroughly expose falsehoods and work to spread the truth.


GENUINE Buddhist dialogue is discussing such crucial matters as the true values of life, what is right and wrong, based on our daily lives and our personal experiences. This is the ultimate practice of humanism, and this is propagating Buddhism.


STRONG determination becomes the cause for great growth. The ‘seed’ of a truly penetrating determination will produce a ‘great tree’ that people will continue to gaze upon with admiration for centuries. We need to manifest such determination not sometime in the future, but right now. The present moment is the time to initiate our struggle.


TRUE courage is not found in short tempers; it lies in composed forbearance.


HE is most happy who embraces the sun of kuon ganjo within his life. Therefore, throughout the year, though the days may be overcast or stormy, never forget that you can let the sun within your heart sine brilliantly.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com/ for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, The Three Kinds of Treasure.

Friday

24th October

IF spring is symbolic of vibrant activity, then autumn is the season of the mind; and if summer is the time of impassioned celebration, then winter must be the season of training. Thus, I have chosen to walk a path through the four seasons of life so as to live with infinite value.


PEOPLE who have experienced real hardship know how to look at, and discipline themselves. People who sit back nonchalantly and enjoy comfortable lives, whike making others do all the hard work, tend to lose sight of themselves and what is accepted as normal behaviour. Such people eventually miss their footing and go astray somewhere along the way.


VALIANT and courageous people do not regard defeating feeble adversaries as any achievement. Rather, they aspire to fighting and defeating powerful enemies. The stronger one’s opponent, the more vigourously one must fight to win. A true disciple of Nichiren Daishonin takes pride in waging such a struggle.


GONGYO and chanting daimoku represent a ceremony in which our lives commune with the universe. Gongyo is an activity in which, through our faith in the Gohonzon, we vigorously infuse the microcosm of our individual existence with the life force of the macrocosm, of the entire universe. If we do this regularly each morning and evening, our life force – our engine – is strengthened.


MR TODA once firmly instructed the Youth Division: “If the members all support the third president, kosen-rufu will surely be achieved.” If the SGI remains based on the spirit of the mentor and disciple that was share by the first, second and third presidents, its future triumph is assured. This is the sole source for the everlasting growth and development of our organisation. I would like to make this point absolutely clear for the sake of the future.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com/ for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, The Three Kinds of Treasure.

Thursday

23rd October

A skilled pilot must be able to guide the plane through turbulence in the atmosphere. In faith, if you are afraid of difficulties, then you cannot grow.


PRIDE – that is the pillar which supports the soul. It provides the resilience which to knock back oppression. It is a miserable existence to live subserviently, bereft of pride. What good is a religion if it only offers a life of slavery under those in power and authority? How much more so is this true for you, who as true disciples of Nichiren Daishonin are courageously living for the cause of kosen-rufu?


LIFE is eternal. If you devote yourself single-mindedly to propagating the Buddhist teachings, your days will bear golden fruits that will adorn your life throughout eternity. Nichiren Daishonin praised the children of the Buddha who pray and fight for the realisation of kosen-rufu, offering his protection. When you feel confident about this fact, you will be filled with immeasurable courage, hope and wisdom. You will be able to live cheerfully no matter what happens.


THE fundamental spirit of Buddhism is that all people are equal. A person is not simply great because of his social standing, fame or academic background. In the world of faith, the truly great are those who spread the Mystic Law and strive for kosen-rufu, who actively works for the sake of Buddhism and the happiness of others. Supremely respectworthy are those who champion the cause of kosen-rufu.


PUTTING the finishing touches on our lives is very important. When a plane lands, it gradually reduces its altitude but as we enter the final chapter of our lives, we should try to keep flying at the same high “spiritual altitude”, we should keep moving forward without reducing our “spiritual speed” – right up until our final moments.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com/ for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, The Three Kinds of Treasure.

Wednesday

22nd October

I hope that as leaders you will show great sensitivity for people’s individual situations. At the same time, I want to remind you that no matter how adverse our individual predicament, we need to live out our lives based on steadfast faith. Only then can we accumulate all kinds of treasures in life as true benefit.


A genuine leader is one who springs to the aid of those who are suffering from the greatest pain and agony in an attempt to lead them to happiness.


HOPE is a far greater wealth than any other kind. There is no progress or victory for people, who possess everything else but lack hope and the strength to live. This cannot be called a human way of living, nor is it in which happiness can be found.


ONE’S faith is not determined by one’s position in the organization. A person who works hard to propagate Buddhism and offers strong prayers with all his or her heart will become an outstanding person.


SINCE our Buddhist practice takes place in the midst of our daily lives, it is all too easy for us to grow lazy and neglect it. So in that respect, there is perhaps no more difficult practice when it comes to continuing. Nonetheless, if we challenge ourselves to keep up a little bit each day, before we realise it we will have built a path to happiness in the depths of our lives; we will have established a solid embankment that will prevent our ever being swept away towards unhappiness.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com/ for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, The Three Kinds of Treasure.

Tuesday

21st October

ALL sorts of things happen on the road to achieving kosen-rufu. Fellow members may pass away, having fulfilled their mission in this lifetime. It is only natural for us, as human beings, to be saddened by this. However, we must not allow ourselves to be so overwhelmed by our emotions that we become weak. The important thing is to continue moving forward with the determination: “Whatever happens, I will keep going! I will challenge myself! And I will win!”


ALTHOUGH victory is important, it is more important for one to construct a self which will not be defeated under any circumstances. The Buddha is called Nonin, one who can endure. Thus, young people must bear in mind the need to painstakingly build a foundation of endurance in the depths of their lives.


A person who can find enjoyment under any circumstances is indeed a happy person. Our Buddhist practice functions to allow us to do just that.


A fresh, invigorating spirit is the engine that drives our Buddhist practice. If we lose that spirit, we will cease to move forward; if we grow conceited and think we know it all, our lives will become polluted and stagnant. Even when studying the Buddhist teachings, we must persevere the lively spirit of questioning that constantly asks, “Why?”


IT is natural for prayers to centre on your own desires and dreams. There is no need to pretend that you are praying for something really lofty when you are not. You are only fooling yourself if you do. By chanting very naturally, without affectation or reservation for what you seek most of all, you will gradually come to develop a higher and more expansive life-condition.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com/ for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, The Three Kinds of Treasure.

Monday

20th October

THE path to attaining Buddhahood or true happiness consists alone in chanting daimoku to the Dai-Gohonzon of the Three Great Secret Laws and carrying through with the practice of faith for oneself and others.


BEAUTY has value, and the creation of value is our practice. The basis of beauty is the beauty of the spirit, which is cultivated by faith.


THOSE who apply themselves to the study of the great philosophy of Buddhism are truly respectworthy. Those who study the Gosho each day, even if just a little, constantly invite the winds of change and growth into their lives – refreshing breezes that nourish and strengthen their faith. The writings of Nichiren Daishonin are truly profound. On each reading, there are new discoveries and new determinations made.


MARA represents our own inner weakness and negativity, which function to obstruct our Buddhist practice. We have both a weak self and a strong self; the two are completely different. If we allow our weak side to dominate, we will be defeated. The thought, “I am still young and have a lot of time, so I can relax and take life easy,” is the seductive whispering of Mara, a function of our own weakness.


LIFE is a struggle. Buddhism is a struggle. Only by surmounting great suffering can we appreciate life's depth and joy. That is why we must continue to move forward. We must take action. This is what the philosophers of the world teach.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com/ for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, The Three Kinds of Treasure.

Sunday

19th October

IT is important that our prayers be specific and concrete. Being vague and unfocused when you chant is like shooting an arrow without looking at the target. When you chant, it should be with a strong and passionate resolve to make your prayer a reality. To have the attitude, "If I chant, everything will be all right" is just wishful thinking. Earnest prayer - prayer infused with one's whole heart and being - cannot fail to be communicated to the Gohonzon.


IF you become a leader while you are still young, it is important to listen to the opinions of your seniors. Conversely, if you become a leader when you are already along in years, you must listen to the opinions of those who are younger than you.


IN human relations, we can respond in a way that is sensitive to the feelings of others. If we find someone worrying about something, we go to help without a second thought. In my opinion, a person with the antenna sensitive and receptive to feelings, to beauty, is a truly beautiful person.


THE law of cause and effect in Buddhism is very precise; no good cause you make is wasted. You will reap the full reward of all your efforts for kosen-rufu. Herein lies the inscrutable and mysterious nature of the Mystic Law. As you expand the flow of kosen-rufu, the good fortune and benefit in your lives will increase in direct proportion.


WHAT kind of person demonstrates true human greatness and nobility? It is someone who, no matter what happens, works single-mindedly for kosen-rufu without wavering in the least, and without moaning or complaining. This is what the Gosho teaches. It is also the way of life expounded in the Lotus Sutra.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com/ for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, The Three Kinds of Treasure.

Saturday

18th October

OUR organization of faith, the SGI, serves as a bulwark against evil and negative influences. Practising together in an organisation enables us to advance unswervingly on the correct path towards a firm and certain goal and to achieve personal development and growth through supporting, encouraging and inspiring each other. This is why having an organisation is so important. It is also why organisations exist in all societies and in all areas of human endeavour.


OF course, it is possible to get by in life without practicing Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism. But sometimes we are confronted by karma over which we seem to have no control, or are buffeted about because of our own inner weakness. What a tragic loss it would be if we could never change ourselves, if we could never exclaim confidently at the end of our days what a wonderful life we have led. That is precisely why a solid guiding philosophy in life is so essential.


THOSE who lived true to their convictions are strong. Even if at one time it may appear that they have lost, in the end they will shine with human victory. The character and integrity of those who live based on their convictions shine. They can clearly distinguish what is good and what is evil, and advance unerringly on their chosen path in life.


THIS is what I think. A smile is not only the result of happiness; it is also its cause. Whatever might happen, bravely transcend your own weakness and make a gentle smile. In the garden of such a strong and rich heart, the fragrant flowers of happiness in life bloom.


THERE may be many problems and sufferings in your lives, but I hope that you will challenge them, remembering that “difficulties are the greatest education”. This kind of challenge enables you to polish yourself and develop your virtues, which will in turn help your children grow splendidly.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com/ for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, The Three Kinds of Treasure.

Friday

17th October

THE Mystic Law enables us to change poison into medicine. Through its power, a person can turn poverty into affluence and illness into strong health. Anyone can bring his/her life to shine in brilliant splendour. In this process, we are able to carry out our human revolution and ultimately realise a safe and peaceful society.


DAIMOKU charges our batteries. If we take care to regularly charge our batteries, then we'll always be full of energy and vitality. If we fail to keep our batteries charged, we won't have energy when we need it most and as a result may be defeated by our environment.


IN the struggle of life, those who continue fighting to the last are true victors. Those who give up and run away in the middle of something do injury to their own hearts and lives. Such people cannot possibly enjoy a profound sense of fulfilment in the end, or become truly happy. This is all the more true in Buddhism, which is concerned with victory or defeat.


THE husband is not the centre of the relationship, nor is the wife. It is not a question of who is the leader or who must make himself or herself a sacrifice for the other’s success and happiness. Just as a song is a marriage of music and lyrics, husband and wife are equal individuals who, at the same time, perform a single melody of life together. What is important, I think, is how beautiful a song those two life partners can create together.


WE must never underestimate the importance of people in our activities for kosen-rufu. The crucial point is to foster younger members so that they will become even more capable people than us.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com/ for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, The Three Kinds of Treasure.