Passing down the legacy of our faith begins in the home. Let’s do gongyo and chant daimoku as a family and share the joy of faith together. Parents, spend each day developing your lives together with your children.
Those who share Nichiren Buddhism with others are all envoys of the Buddha. Your earnest and sincere spirit will definitely be conveyed without fail. The fortune and benefit you gain from your efforts will shine with brilliance for all eternity!
Set clear-cut goals for the day and challenge the day’s battles with all your might! Steadily advancing one step at a time is the force for traversing through difficult paths. Aim to be the most wonderful and outstanding self that you can be!
Nichiren Daishonin urges, “Become the master of your mind rather than let your mind master you.”(*) We can orient ourselves toward happiness by being in control of our capricious, ever-changing mind. This is the true joy of our faith and practice! (*)”Reply to the Lay Priest Soya,” WND 1, p. 486 Tentative translation of “To My Friends” published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda’s recent guidance.
Nichiren Daishonin states, “The seeds of Buddhahood sprout through causation.”(*) Let’s treasure each and every connection we have and spend this summer deepening friendships, fostering capable individuals and developing an expansive life condition together!(*)”On the Properties of Rice,” WND 1, p. 1117; from the Lotus Sutra, Chapter Two–Expedient Means
Nichiren Daishonin encourages us to “change poison into medicine.”(*) There is absolutely reason and meaning for all our worries and difficulties. Robust optimism is eloquent testament to being a Buddhist! “The Daimoku of the Lotus Sutra,” WND 1, p. 146 “[The Lotus Sutra is] like a great physician who can change poison into medicine.”
The more good books we read, the more we can cultivate a magnanimous spirit. Let’s challenge ourselves to read even a little. Those who continue to learn are never deadlocked!
The Daishonin states, “Iron, when heated in the flames and pounded, becomes a fine sword.”(*) The hardships that we undergo in our youth become treasures that cultivate our character. Today, too, let’s challenge ourselves and advance! (*)”Letter from Sado,” WND-1, p. 303
Nichiren Daishonin urges us to “test the truth of Buddhism now.”(*) Action is the power for creating happiness. The greater the difficulties, the more we should rise to the challenge with courageous faith! Then we can absolutely open the way toward brilliant achievement!(*)”The Selection of the Time,” WND 1, p. 584 “I say to you, my disciples, try practicing as the Lotus Sutra teaches, exerting yourselves without begrudging your lives! Test the truth of Buddhism now! Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.”
Test examinees, do your best! Don’t be defeated by your own weaknesses! I will be praying for your health, growth, advancement and victory. Please treasure each and every day!