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Brief Guidances

Fulfilling Our Vow as Bodhisattvas of the Earth

Words of Encouragement From Ikeda Sensei

I vowed to summon up a powerful and unconquerable desire for the salvation of all beings and never to falter in my efforts. It is already over twenty years since I began proclaiming my doctrines. Day after day, month after month, year after year  I have been subjected to repeated persecutions. Minor persecutions and annoyances are too numerous even to be counted, but the major persecutions number four.

“The Opening of the Eyes,” The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, p. 240

The daimoku of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, which Nichiren Daishonin chanted for the first time, is the great beneficial medicine that enables all living beings to attain Buddhahood. After proclaiming his teaching (on April 28, 1253), the Daishonin endured a series of life-threatening persecutions to open the great path to enlightenment into the eternal future of the Latter Day of the Law.

Committed to fulfilling our vow as Bodhisattvas of the Earth, we can reveal the same invincible life state as the Daishonin to overcome all challenges and difficulties.

Powerfully chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, which draws forth the Buddha nature in all people, let’s continue making unremitting efforts to realize the Daishonin’s ideal of “establishing the correct teaching for the peace of the land,” together with our fellow members throughout the world.

From the April 23 Seikyo Shimbun, the Soka Gakkai’s daily newspaper.

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