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Q: I admire the courage in others but am not quite sure how to bring it out in myself.

A: It can be said that our human revolution starts from the moment we summon the courage to break through our own limitations. And it is through such repeated efforts that we forge an unshakable life state.

Consider what Nichiren Daishonin wrote to his disciples in times of severe difficulties: “Nichiren’s disciples cannot accomplish anything if they are cowardly”[1] and “Have profound faith. A coward cannot have any of his prayers answered.”[2]

Whether it’s sharing Buddhism with our friends or facing work challenges, the first step is to rouse our courage through resolute prayer to the Gohonzon and then take action.

Ikeda Sensei shares of this important attribute: “Courage is not something separate from our daily lives or beyond our reach. It is found right here within our lives, which embody the principle of the ‘mutual possession of the Ten Worlds.’ Anyone, irrespective of age or gender, can bring forth courage. We can overcome our inner weakness with the lion’s roar of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, and take action to surmount our self-imposed limitations that make us give up or settle for less. …

“Courageous faith itself reflects the life state of Buddhahood. The mentors and disciples of Soka will forever continue to take action and win with the power of courage.”[3]


  1. “The Teaching, Practice, and Proof,” The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, p. 481. ↩︎
  2. “The Strategy of the Lotus Sutra,” WND-1, 1001. ↩︎
  3. October 2018 Living Buddhism, p. 56. ↩︎

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