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We Can Win in All Aspects of Life

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The following is an excerpt from A Foundation for Your Life: Essentials of Nichiren’s Writings for Young Women (pp. 38–39), which is available for $8.95 at your local SGI-USA bookstore as well as online at bookstore.sgi-usa.org. In 2011, the young women of the Soka Gakkai introduced 30 letters from The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin to be studied by the young women’s division members throughout the world. In this book, 100 passages from the selected writings are accompanied by SGI President Ikeda’s clear and practical guidance. 

“When the skies are clear, the ground is illuminated. Similarly, when one knows the Lotus Sutra, one understands the meaning of all worldly affairs.” (“The Object of Devotion for Observing the Mind,” The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, p. 376)

Commentary

Buddhism doesn’t exist apart from daily reality. The Buddhist Law permeates all of space—the universe itself—and all of time—past, present and future. Therefore, as Nichiren Daishonin says here, Buddhist wisdom can help us understand the true nature of everything that goes on in the world.

For us, this means that when we base ourselves on faith, we can win in all aspects of life: work, relationships, finances, health and so on. No matter the situation, if we look at it as a Buddha would, we can find a solution. We will never be deadlocked.

In fact, we will see the profound meaning and purpose of all the difficulties we come up against, and we’ll find the courage to face them head-on.

“When the skies are clear” indicates emerging from the cloudiness of our delusions through earnest prayer and courageous action. “The ground is illuminated” indicates that the path to victory and happiness will be revealed before us. Buddhist wisdom allows us to transform everything, good or bad, into opportunities to become happy.


SGI President Ikeda’s Guidance

All of you who possess such deep faith in the Mystic Law can manifest the lofty life state of Buddhahood. You can dynamically exercise the wisdom to create value amid the realities of society. And while cheerfully brightening the lives of those around you in the place where you are right now—be it at home, in the workplace or in your community—you can continue to show wonderful actual proof of faith in terms of gaining trust and achieving success.

There are myriad problems and circumstances that people face, but all of them can definitely be overcome.