Brief Guidances

The Members of Soka Are like “Pure Gold”!

Advancing with the gosho: Words of Encouragement from SGI President Ikeda


Gold can be neither burned by fire nor corroded or swept away by water, but iron is vulnerable to both. A worthy person is like gold, a fool like iron. You are like pure gold because you embrace the “gold” of the Lotus Sutra.

From “The Heritage of the Ultimate Law of Life” (WND-1, 217).

Each of you, our hardworking and dedicated members, who have triumphed over countless trials and adversities on the road to kosen-rufu, are “worthy people” who are like “pure gold.” Nichiren Daishonin, the Buddha of the Latter Day of the Law, is certain to praise and applaud your efforts.

The good fortune we accumulate through striving in our mission for kosen-rufu is truly immeasurable. The life state of Buddhahood we forge during this lifetime is indestructible and will shine eternally with golden brilliance.

Let us move forward together with a spirit of unwavering faith transcending life and death. I am chanting daimoku for the happiness of all of you, my infinitely precious fellow members everywhere.

(Translated from the Nov. 22, 2018, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, the Soka Gakkai daily newspaper)