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Brief Guidances

Young Lives That Shine With a Golden Hue

Words of Encouragement From Ikeda Sensei

Birds that approach Mount Sumeru turn golden-hued.[1] Agada medicine[2] changes poison into medicine. And the wonder of the Lotus Sutra is also like that; it changes ordinary people into Buddhas.

“Offerings for the Object of Devotion,” The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 2, p. 671

Devoting one’s youth to practicing the Mystic Law is incredibly noble. The pure-hearted faith of our young women’s division members makes their lives shine with a golden hue and brightly illuminates everyone around them. These inspiring young women are able to positively transform all hardships and adversity they face in their life and in society, changing poison into medicine without fail.

This wonderful network of Kayo sisters, which spans the entire globe, is a beacon of hope for the 21st century. With confidence and joy, please continue to expand your circle of friendship, enabling many people to form a connection with Nichiren Buddhism.

My wife, Kaneko, and I are chanting for the happiness and victory of each one of you.

Translated from the November 11, 2020 Seikyo Shimbun, the Soka Gakkai’s daily newspaper.


  1. Mount Sumeru is the mountain that stands in the center of the world in ancient Indian cosmology. According to The Treatise on the Great Perfection of Wisdom, living beings that approach Mount Sumeru lose their own colors and take on a golden hue. ↩︎
  2. “Agada” refers to a medicine of ancient India that was believed to be extremely effective in curing disease. ↩︎

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