Encouragement

A Light in the Dark

SGI President Ikeda likens those who live with a positive, all-embracing attitude to lighthouses.

Gina Ferrite, "Michigan Seul Choix Point Lighthouse With an Angry Sea"


“We are like a solitary lighthouse on a dark night,
enabling numerous ships to safely sail the seas.”
[1]February 2016 Living Buddhism, pp 51-52
—SGI President Ikeda

In ancient times, fires on hilltops served to define land and ports for those navigating the seas at night. To offer improved visibility, the hilltop fires were placed on platforms. This eventually led to the development of lighthouses. While the function of lighthouses has evolved, the basic purpose of providing light and guidance in the darkness has remained unchanged.

In this issue, SGI President Ikeda likens those who live with a positive, all-embracing attitude to lighthouses. He says:

When the sun rises, it illuminates everything on earth. When a single lighthouse shines out to sea at night, countless vessels can navigate safely. When a family has one person who acts as a strong pillar, all of its members can lead secure, tranquil lives.

You are suns that shine and illuminate others with happiness. You are lighthouses that guide people to attaining Buddhahood. You are the solid central pillars of good fortune and benefit that bring happiness to your families. Those who have formed a connection with Buddhism will eventually come to accept and practice it. Please live your lives in a cheerful, positive manner, embracing everyone around you with an open heart and broad-minded humanity.[2]February 2016 Living Buddhism, pp 45

 

Notes   [ + ]

1. February 2016 Living Buddhism, pp 51-52
2. February 2016 Living Buddhism, pp 45

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