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Bringing Fresh Energy to Your Workplaces and Society

Words of Encouragement From Ikeda Sensei

Buddhism primarily concerns itself with victory or defeat, while secular authority is based on the principle of reward and punishment. For this reason, a Buddha is looked up to as the Hero of the World, while a king is called the one who rules at his will.

“The Hero of the World,” The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol 1, p. 835

A Buddha is a “Hero of the World,” a person of courage who wins in society. People thriving on the stage of their mission as practitioners of the Mystic Law is the epitome of kosen-rufu.

Reality is harsh. Challenges and struggles are inevitable. That is why the life force and wisdom we reveal through our practice of Nichiren Buddhism shine all the brighter. Those who base themselves on chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo can triumph without fail.

I hope that all of you who are newly joining the workforce[1] will advance resiliently with the invincible spirit of Soka. Please bring fresh energy to your workplaces and society with optimism and sincerity!

Translated from the April 1, 2020, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, the Soka Gakkai daily newspaper


  1. In Japan, the spring month of April is the start of the new school year and also the fiscal year. It is the season when many new high school and university graduates officially join the workforce. ↩︎

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