In Nichiren Buddhism, both the person speaking about it and the person hearing about it receive remarkable benefit. Conversation that inspires and invigorates is the direct path to happiness for both parties involved.
Those who steadily continue to strive and struggle are the most respectworthy and noble of all. Destruction comes in but a moment; construction, only after desperate struggle. Let’s absolutely keep obstacles at bay and advance along the path of honor throughout our lives.
Arduous struggles lead to brilliant achievement. Let’s take to heart the Daishonin’s words, “But still I am not discouraged”(*) and challenge ourselves with an indomitable tenacity of purpose one more step, one more time. Let’s all advance with the vibrant enthusiasm of a youthful heart! (*)”The Essentials for Attaining Buddhahood,” WND I, p. 748.
Both kosen-rufu and our own lives are intrinsically connected to one’s struggle with oneself. As long as we are going to live, let’s create history by accomplishing something! Let’s advance “day by day and month after month”!(*) (*)”On Persecutions Befalling the Sage, WND p. 997
Don’t ask “What will happen?” Instead, resolve to take action! When you have a strong sense of responsibility for the future, you can manifest wisdom and courage. Be protagonists who create the new era!
If you feel deadlocked, go back to your starting point. How clear are your objectives and goals? What is the purpose of your faith and practice? Transform adversity into opportunity!
The faith and practice of Nichiren Buddhism enables us to “replace suffering with joy.” Let’s be there for friends who are undergoing hardships and pray together with them until they are able to resolve their problem. When we continue to encourage our fellow members, we can set alight the torch of courage in their lives.
–WORDS OF THE WEEK– Nichiren Daishonin affirmed, “The seeds of Buddhahood exist nowhere apart from the Lotus Sutra.(*) Let’s brightly and cheerfully share the Mystic Law with great conviction! That is how we create happiness. (*)”How Those Initially Aspiring to the Way Can Attain Buddhahood through the Lotus Sutra,” WND I
”I will win, no matter what!” When we manifest profound resolve and take strong action, we can create a new history. Let’s challenge ourselves with courage to break through our obstacles!
Kosen-rufu is a battle between the Buddha and devilish functions. Don’t forget the spirit of refutation! Nothing speaks more eloquently than the truth. Youth, stand in the vanguard of our struggle waged with words!