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The Eternal Path of Happiness

Sunrise light shining and reflecting on the right wing of the Kinderdijk windmill, the UNESCO world heritage monuments in Alblasserdam, South West of Rotterdam, Netherlands

by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda

Persons who uphold this sutra [the Lotus Sutra], though they may be strangers to one another, will meet on Eagle Peak.[1] And how much more certain is it that you [Nanjo Tokimitsu] and your late father, because you both have faith in the Lotus Sutra [Nam-myoho-renge-kyo], will be reborn there together!

“On the Offering of a Mud Pie” The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 2, p. 500

SGI President Ikeda with Brazilian Academy of Letters President Austregésilo de Athayde, Rio de Janeiro, February 1993. Mr. Athayde spoke out against Brazil’s military dictatorship. Photo by Seikyo Press.

The Eternal Path of Happiness

Eagle Peak does not exist in some distant realm. It is the life state of Buddhahood as vast as the universe, that can be gained equally by all who steadfastly practice Nichiren Buddhism, the teaching for attaining Buddhahood in this lifetime. There, Nichiren Daishonin says, families, fellow members, and mentors and disciples can meet again.

The ties of those linked by the Mystic Law are eternal. The lives of our fellow members who have passed away are always with us in our hearts as we chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. Proof of their attainment of Buddhahood can be found in the ever-growing numbers of successors who are emerging to carry out the mission of kosen-rufu and inherit their good fortune.
Filled with boundless hope, let us continue to advance boldly on the great path of kosen-rufu.

From the Aug. 15, 2019, issue of the  Seikyo Shimbun, the Soka Gakkai’s daily newspaper

References

  1. Eagle Peak, or the pure land of Eagle Peak, is a term symbolizing the eternal state of Buddhahood. ↩︎

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