Challenging Our “Health Revolution” Each Day

Advancing with the Gosho: Words of Encouragement

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On the one hand, knowing that you
are in agony [because of illness]
grieves me, but on the other,
I am delighted.
“On Curing Karmic Disease”
The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin,
vol. 1, p. 631

On learning that his disciple Ota Jomyo was ill, Nichiren Daishonin offered prayers with sincere empathy. In addition, Nichiren encouraged him to be happy and see his illness as an opportunity to change poison into medicine.

Buddhism teaches that health and illness are one and inseparable. When illness strikes, there’s no need to be daunted. By chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo with unwavering determination, we can beat back illness in our own lives and those of others. Chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo has the power to strengthen life force, positively transform negative karma, and foster a life state that can encourage and inspire others who are suffering.

Together, let’s challenge our “health revolution” with courage each day.

From the Feb. 9, 2018, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, the Soka Gakkai’s daily newspaper