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Brief Guidances

Leading Triumphant Lives Free of Regret

Words of Encouragement From Ikeda Sensei

Life flashes by in but a moment. No matter how many terrible enemies you may encounter, banish all fears and never think of backsliding.

“On Practicing the Buddha’s Teachings,” The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, p. 395

Even amid life-threatening persecution on Sado Island, Nichiren Daishonin remained undaunted and continued to encourage his disciples.

Forge ahead! Be fearless! When we bravely weather the storms of hardship, brilliant blue skies of victory will greet us.

Carrying on the spirit of practicing in accord with the Buddha’s teachings, the mentors and disciples of Soka have battled the three powerful enemies of Buddhism.[1] That is our greatest pride.

With the lionhearted spirit we have inherited from the Daishonin, let’s lead triumphant lives, free of any regrets.

From the Oct. 10, 2019, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, the Soka Gakkai’s daily newspaper


  1. Three powerful enemies: Three types of arrogant people who persecute those who propagate the Lotus Sutra in the evil age after Shakyamuni Buddha’s death. The Great Teacher Miao-lo of China summarizes them as arrogant lay people, arrogant priests and arrogant false sages. ↩︎

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