Living Buddhism

Admiring the "Moon Over the Capital"

Encouragement to never give up in life.

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“Be diligent in developing your faith until the last moment of your life. Otherwise you will have regrets. For example, the journey from Kamakura to Kyoto takes twelve days. If you travel for eleven but stop with only one day remaining, how can you admire the moon over the capital?” —Nichiren Daishonin

This is a well-known passage that Nichiren Daishonin wrote to his disciple Niike Saemon-no-jo, encouraging him to never give up in faith and to persevere through challenging times. With the 50,000 Lions of Justice Festival just two months away, now is the perfect time to refresh our determination to achieve our goals with these words from Nichiren in mind. In the following excerpt from The New Human Revolution, SGI President Ikeda, who appears in the novel as Shin’ichi Yamamoto, refers to this passage to encourage members facing severe challenges.

A Golden Opportunity

Shin’ichi Yamamoto quoted a passage from Nichiren Daishonin’s writing, titled “Letter to Niike”: “Be diligent in developing your faith until the last moment of your life. Otherwise you will have regrets. For example, the journey from Kamakura to Kyoto takes twelve days. If you travel for eleven but stop with only one day remaining, how can you admire the moon over the capital?” (The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, p. 1027).

“As the Daishonin says in this passage,” said Shin’ichi, “you’re certain to face all sorts of challenges in society. There may even be times when you reach such an impasse that you feel that your life is ruined. But whatever happens, never abandon your Buddhist faith and practice. In times of the greatest adversity, you need to pray your hardest. You need to share this Buddhism with others and strive with all your might for kosen-rufu. Such times are golden opportunities to transform your karma.” (The New Human Revolution, vol. 22, p. 230)

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