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Brief Guidances

Overcoming All Obstacles With Firm Faith

Words of Encouragement From Ikeda Sensei

Think of this, think of this, never let your mind stray, be firm in faith at all times, and you will “enjoy peace and security in your present existence and good circumstances in future existences” [see The Lotus Sutra and Its Opening and Closing Sutras, p. 136].

“The Four Virtues and the Four Debts of Gratitude,” The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 2, p. 638

These are the closing words from a letter in which Nichiren Daishonin explains to his young disciple Nanjo Tokimitsu how to repay one’s debts of gratitude [including to one’s parents and all living beings].

Faith is the ultimate form of conviction. It enables us to remain undaunted in the face of any hardship. Faith is a source of unlimited hope. It gives us the strength to combat any adversity.

Let’s keep chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo about each of our problems and challenges, and bring forth the wisdom to change poison into medicine.

Persevering with firm faith, let’s repay the debt of gratitude we owe our parents and bring peace and security to society through the boundless power of the Mystic Law.

From the April 15 Seikyo Shimbun, the Soka Gakkai’s daily newspaper.

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