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A Source of Hope and Inspiration for the World

Spreading the Brilliant Light of the Daishonin’s Writings: Words of Encouragement from Ikeda Sensei

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The Buddha says, “After I have passed into extinction, in the last five-hundred-year period you must spread it [the Lotus Sutra] abroad widely throughout Jambudvipa [the entire world]” [The Lotus Sutra and Its Opening and Closing Sutras, p. 330]. So we see that the hatred that abounds after the passing of the Buddha will come about in the last five- hundred-year period when Myoho-renge-kyo[1] will spread. (“On Rebuking Slander of the Law and Eradicating Sins,” The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, p. 441)

The Mystic Law is the teaching that can free all people from suffering throughout the Latter Day of the Law. The darker the times, the brighter shine the compassion and wisdom of Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism of the Sun.

Our efforts to bring the world together as one global family—bravely rising to challenges, transcending differences and respecting one another as fellow human beings who share the noble potential of Bodhisattvas of the Earth—are a source of hope for all humankind.

Cherishing the great vow for worldwide kosen-rufu in our hearts, let’s continue forging ahead together with the Daishonin’s writings and illuminate the world with their immortal light.

From the Jan. 9 issue of the Soka Gakkai’s daily newspaper, the Seikyo Shimbun.

References

  1. Myoho-renge-kyo is written with five Chinese characters, while Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is written with seven (nam, or namu, being composed of two characters). Nichiren Daishonin often uses Myoho-renge-kyo synonymously with Nam-myoho-renge-kyo in his writings.

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