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Deepest Gratitude for All Our Dedicated Medical and Healthcare Professionals

Words of Encouragement From Ikeda Sensei

Since taking [the good medicine you sent], my complaint [affliction] has diminished steadily and is now a mere one-hundredth fraction of its former intensity. I wonder if Shakyamuni Buddha has entered into your body to help me, or perhaps the Bodhisattvas of the Earth have bestowed upon me the good medicine of Myoho-renge-kyo.

“The Two Kinds of Illness,” The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, p. 920

Nichiren Daishonin here expresses his deep gratitude to Shijo Kingo, an accomplished physician. Medical care is a sacred endeavor rooted in the spirit of compassion.

Our Doctors Division members[1]—and indeed all our dedicated medical and healthcare professionals strive day and night to save lives and restore health and vitality to those who are ill. They truly embody the spirit of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Nichiren Daishonin is surely aware of all their noble, dedicated efforts.

Basing your lives on the Mystic Law and taking utmost care of your own health as well, summon forth powerful life force to win in your battles with the devil of illness.

Just like Shijo Kingo and his wife, Nichigen-nyo, may your lives shine with victory in accord with the principle that “unseen virtue brings about visible reward” (“The Farther the Source, the Longer the Stream,” WND-1, 940).

Translated from the September 15, 2020 Seikyo Shimbun, the Soka Gakkai’s daily newspaper.


  1. September 15 is Doctors Division Day in the Soka Gakkai in Japan. ↩︎

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