Breaking Through All Limitations

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The mighty warrior General Li Kuang, whose mother had been devoured by a tiger, shot an arrow at the stone he believed was the tiger.
The arrow penetrated the stone all the way up to its feathers. But once he realized it was only a stone,
he was unable to pierce it again.
“General Stone Tiger”
The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, p. 953

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In this passage, Nichiren Daishonin uses the Buddhist parable of General Stone Tiger, which is explained as follows: One day General Li Kuang, an excellent archer, saw crouching in a clump of grass the tiger that killed his mother. Determined to avenge her death, he shot an arrow at it, hitting his target. When he ran up to the tiger, he discovered that it was a stone. Even so, his arrow had penetrated the stone up to the arrow’s feathers. He later came to be known as General Stone Tiger.

Using this story, Nichiren illustrates that, with resolute faith, anything is possible.

We all face hardships and feel deadlocked at times. No matter how difficult the situation may seem, however, we can pave the way for victory by basing ourselves on faith and taking action with a never-give-up spirit. Our victory is determined by our single-minded resolve.

At the end of this same letter, the Daishonin states: “Though enemies lurk in wait for you, your resolute faith in the Lotus Sutra has forestalled great dangers before they could begin. Realizing this, you must strengthen your faith [in the Gohonzon] more than ever” (WND-1, 953).

SGI President Ikeda’s Guidance 

The power of strong resolve can penetrate even stone. Faith in the Mystic Law and our Buddhist practice enables us to tap the true and incredible power that resides within human life.

With focused prayer and the unwavering determination to win, to definitely accomplish our goals, we can make the impossible possible. “I won’t give up! I will definitely succeed!”—this commitment will activate the protective functions of the universe and turn everything into a friend and ally.

Faith is the ultimate power for breaking through all obstacles and limitations. (From the April 23, 2015, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, the Soka Gakkai’s daily newspaper)


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