My Job is Extremely Busy. How Do I Share Buddhism With Others?

Q&A With SGI President Ikeda.

Cheering young woman backpacker at sunrise seaside mountain peak.

This brief question-and-answer installment was published in the Daibyakurenge, the Soka Gakkai’s monthly study magazine.

SGI MEMBER: I’m extremely busy with work, and though I’d like to, I can’t attend very many SGI activities.

SGI PRESIDENT IKEDA: I, too, couldn’t attend discussion meetings for two or three years because of my work schedule. I wanted to attend discussion meetings more than anything. My attitude in faith and my determination at that time were crucial. Based on the simultaneity of cause and effect, as a result, now I can attend meetings whenever I want. The future—7, 10, 15 years from now—is determined by what our inner resolve is now.

Who knows what my life would be like now, if I had thought back then: “Oh well, there’s nothing I can do. I just can’t attend any meetings now.” And I didn’t have the strong faith and determination to transform my karma.

When we base ourselves on the Mystic Law and the Gohonzon, the law of cause and effect becomes clearly manifested in our lives. It becomes clearly apparent. This law applies without exception to everyone. But because of various conditions—our karma, negative causes, the depth of our faith and other reasons—the results aren’t immediately manifested. Also, because there is no mirror to reflect the state of our life, it’s hard to see or understand. But as long as we continue strengthening our faith, we will have the clear mirror [of the Gohonzon] and a solid foundation to draw from. With this, the path of cause and effect becomes clearly visible, and we will see actual proof manifest in our lives one after another.

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No matter how great our problems, the moment we chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, in accord with the principle of the “simultaneity of cause and effect,” the sun of the Mystic Law rises in our hearts, and the power of the Buddha surges forth from within us. Consequently, there is no way that you, my young friends, will end up unhappy. The more problems you have to chant about, and the more hardships you have to challenge, the more you can develop and grow, and the more brightly you will be able to shine your light on others (Youth and The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, pp. 45–46).

(p. 9)

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