“Study the World’s Foremost Life Philosophy”

Toward Nov. 18, 2018, young women across the nation are challenging themselves to study 30 selected letters from The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin.

Photo: Mary D'Elia

Key Passage for February • “On Repaying Debts of Gratitude”
If Nichiren’s compassion is truly great and encompassing, Nam-myoho-renge-kyo will spread for ten thousand years and more, for all eternity, for it has the beneficial power to open the blind eyes of every living being in the country of Japan, and it blocks off the road that leads to the hell of incessant suffering. Its benefit surpasses that of Dengyo and T’ien-t’ai, and is superior to that of Nagarjuna and Mahakashyapa.
A hundred years of practice in the Land of Perfect Bliss cannot compare to the benefit gained from one day’s practice in the impure world. Two thousand years of propagating Buddhism during the Former and Middle Days of the Law are inferior to an hour of propagation in the Latter Day of the Law.
The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, p. 736

SGI President Ikeda’s guidance:

Thanks to the appearance of the Soka Gakkai, an organization dedicated to carrying out the Buddha’s decree, the “great river of kosen-rufu” with Nichiren Daishonin’s teachings as its source now flows powerfully throughout the world in the 21st century. This is indisputable. The establishment of the foundation of worldwide kosen-rufu is complete. The time has at last arrived to extend this great river into an ocean of kosen-rufu encompassing the globe.
Learning from the Writings: The Hope-filled Teachings of Nichiren Daishonin, p. 233


In the spirit of the second eternal guideline for the young women’s division, “Study the World’s Foremost Life Philosophy,” SGI President Ikeda in 2011 selected 30 letters from The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin to be studied by young women.

In The Vow of the Ikeda Kayo-kai, he cites a guiding principle articulated by his mentor, second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda: “The members of the young women’s division must make study their foundation!” (p. 22).

Toward Nov. 18, 2018, young women across the nation are challenging themselves to study all 30 letters.

1. On Establishing the Correct Teaching for the Peace of the Land
2. The Opening of the Eyes
3. The Object of Devotion for Observing the Mind
4. The Selection of the Time
5. On Repaying Debts of Gratitude
6. On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime
7. On Practicing the Buddha’s Teachings
8. On the Buddha’s Prophecy
9. The Actions of the Votary of the Lotus Sutra
10. Letter from Sado
11. On Prolonging One’s Life Span
12. Lessening One’s Karmic Retribution
13. The Essentials for Attaining Buddhahood
14. Letter to the Brothers
15. Reply to Kyo’o
16. The Three Kinds of Treasure
17. On Persecutions Befalling the Sage
18. The Strategy of the Lotus Sutra
19. The Supremacy of the Law
20. The Real Aspect of the Gohonzon
21. Winter Always Turns to Spring
22. On the Treasure Tower
23. The Drum at the Gate of Thunder
24. The Heritage of the Ultimate Law of Life
25. The True Aspect of All Phenomena
26. Many in Body, One in Mind
27. The Kalpa of Decrease
28. Hell Is the Land of Tranquil Light
29. The Dragon Gate
30. The Proof of the Lotus Sutra


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