Encouragement

Continuing Faith No Matter What

Advancing with the Gosho: Words of Encouragement

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by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda

Many hear about and accept this sutra [the Lotus Sutra], but when great obstacles arise, just as they were told would happen, few remember it and bear it firmly in mind. To accept is easy; to continue is difficult. But Buddhahood lies in continuing faith.

“The Difficulty of Sustaining Faith” The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, p. 471

Continuing Faith No Matter What

Here, Nichiren Daishonin encourages his disciple Shijo Kingo, who, in the face of continuous hardships, had complained to him about his situation. Courageous individuals who persevere in faith always bear in mind the words: “This sutra is hard to uphold” (The Lotus Sutra and Its Opening and Closing Sutras, p. 220).

Taking Nichiren’s encouragement to heart, Shijo Kingo strove with an invincible spirit to demonstrate actual proof of victory. This was his human revolution.

Faith is the challenge to continue practicing, no matter what. Let’s support and encourage one another as good comrades in faith, as we advance with dauntless courage to attain Buddhahood in this lifetime.

From the Oct. 11 , 2018, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, the Soka Gakkai’s daily newspaper

 

Because one has heard the Lotus Sutra, which leads to Buddhahood, with this as the seed, one will invariably become a Buddha.

“Those Initially Aspiring to the Way” The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, p. 882

Sharing Buddhism With Courage and Confidence

Nichiren Buddhism is the Buddhism of sowing. Our mission, therefore, is to sow the seeds of Buddhahood in people’s lives. Even if someone doesn’t start practicing right away, the seeds we have planted in their life will someday definitely blossom. We can make that time arrive through the power of our prayer.

The more we speak to others about Buddhism with sincerity and conviction, the more we can help them form a connection to the Mystic Law, bringing good fortune and benefit to ourselves and others. Such efforts also forge ties of genuine and lasting trust.

So again today, let us reach out to others in dialogue with courage and confidence, and sow the seeds of happiness in their hearts!

From the Sept. 29, 2018, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, the Soka Gakkai’s daily newspaper

 

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