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Brief Guidances

The Boundless Beneficial Power of the Mystic Law

Words of Encouragement From Ikeda Sensei

No matter where he [your late father, Nanjo Hyoe Shichiro] may be now, your [Nanjo Tokimitsu’s] filial devotion will surely be recognized even by King Yama and the heavenly kings Brahma and Shakra. And how could Shakyamuni Buddha and the Lotus Sutra ever abandon him?

“The Story of Ohashi no Taro,” The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, p. 678

The Mystic Law has the boundless beneficial power to illuminate our lives, transcending the bounds of life and death. Therefore, our prayers for the happiness of those who have passed away will reach them without fail and help guide them to Buddhahood. Nichiren Daishonin assures us of this.

Chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo ourselves and teaching others to do the same as we carry out activities for kosen-rufu is the best possible way for us to repay our gratitude to our parents. Indeed, our daimoku embraces all of our family members and loved ones throughout the three existences of past, present, and future. Let us forever make our way together with them on our shared journey of eternity, happiness, true self, and purity, protected by all the Buddhas and positive forces of the universe.

Translated from the March 21, 2019, Seikyo Shimbun, the Soka Gakkai’s daily newspaper.

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