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Brief Guidances

Let’s Forge Ahead With Our Young Bodhisattvas of the Earth

Words of Encouragement From Ikeda Sensei

The more gold is heated in the flames, the brighter will be its color; the more a sword is whetted, the sharper it will become. And the more one praises the blessings of the Lotus Sutra, the more one’s own blessings will increase. Bear in mind that the twenty-eight chapters of the Lotus Sutra contain only a few passages elucidating the truth, but a great many words of praise.

“The Blessings of the Lotus Sutra,” The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, p. 673

It is 60 years since I set out into the world to spread Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism of the sun, which teaches us to believe in the Buddha nature inherent in all people and bring it to shine within ourselves and others.

Our great movement of worldwide kosen-rufu has developed through our efforts to engage in sincere and respectful dialogue and encourage the person right in front of us, just as the Daishonin teaches.

Today we have entered a truly wondrous age when young Bodhisattvas of the Earth are emerging in ever-growing numbers.

I would like to express my most profound respect and admiration for the incredible efforts everyone is making amid these challenging times. Together let’s show actual proof of ever-increasing benefits!

Translated from the September 24, 2020 Seikyo Shimbun, the Soka Gakkai’s daily newspaper

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