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Brief Guidances

Vanquishing the Devil of Illness Through the Power of Faith

Words of Encouragement From Ikeda Sensei

The Lotus Sutra states that it is “good medicine for the ills of the people of Jambudvipa [the entire world]” [The Lotus Sutra and Its Opening and Closing Sutras, p. 330]. The people of this world of Jambudvipa are suffering from illness, but they have the medicine of the Lotus Sutra. Now in your case, the three requirements [necessary for the fulfillment of one’s prayer, namely, the Buddha, the Law, and the practitioner] are already present, so how could you fail to recover? But if you have doubts, I am powerless to help you.

“Reply to the Lay Priest Takahashi,” The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, p. 610

The Mystic Law is the supreme “good medicine” for overcoming the universal human sufferings of birth, aging, sickness and death.

By correctly practicing this teaching, we can tap incredible power from within our lives. Those who are battling illness can make full use of medical science and definitely change poison into medicine.

Summon forth the great power of faith, confident that you will be protected no matter what, and vanquish the devil of illness!

With the lion’s roar of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, let’s make the sun of time without beginning—our innate Buddhahood—shine brightly in our hearts!

Translated from the September 26, 2020 Seikyo Shimbun, the Soka Gakkai’s daily newspaper.

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