Setting Clear Goals Is the Key to Moving Forward

Advancing With The Gosho: Words of Encouragement

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Strengthen your faith day by day and month after month. Should you slacken in your resolve even a bit, devils will take advantage. “On Persecutions Befalling the Sage,” The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, p. 997.

Our practice of Nichiren Buddhism is one of eternal challenge. It is an unceasing struggle to win over ourselves. “What do I need to do today?” “What are my goals for this month?”—it is important to set clear targets and chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo specifically about each of them.

With the lion’s roar of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, let’s vanquish all devilish functions, and bring forth powerful life force and the wisdom to deal with ever-changing circumstances.

Moving one step forward from where we were last year or even just yesterday—herein lies the joy of human revolution. Let’s get off to a running start and make this year one of wonderful victory!

From the Jan. 14, 2018, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, the Soka Gakkai’s daily newspaper.

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