Three Key Elements for Victory
In The New Human Revolution, vol. 11, SGI President Ikeda, who appears in the novel as Shin’ichi Yamamoto, speaks to members in Peru who have just begun practicing Nichiren Buddhism, and offers three key elements for victory.
1. Chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.
“The state of our life force determines everything: our health, courage, wisdom, joy, motivation to improve our lives, as well as self-discipline. Chanting itself is the source that enables us to limitlessly tap our life force. Thus, those who base themselves on chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo are never deadlocked.” (p. 110)
2. Study Nichiren’s Writings.
“I would like to propose that we make steady efforts to read the writings of Nichiren Daishonin and to apply them to our lives . . . When we have total faith in these passages and continue to strive in exact accordance with them, we will be able to see the validity of these words for ourselves and develop great conviction in the Gohonzon.” (p. 113)
3. Persevere in faith.
“Our state of being at the end of our lives is all-important. No matter how much we may have exerted ourselves at any given time during our lives, it will all come to naught if we later abandon our practice and stray from the Soka Gakkai . . . What is most important is to persevere in faith, without ever giving up, until the very end.” (p. 114)