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Brief Guidances

Spreading the Mystic Law Amid Hardship

Words of Encouragement From Ikeda Sensei

In the more than twenty years since the summer of the fifth year of the Kencho era (1253),Nichiren Daishonin chanted Nam-myoho-renge-kyo for the first time at Seicho-ji temple in Awa Province on the twenty-eighth day of the fourth month, 1253, thus proclaiming the establishment of his teaching. According to the lunar calendar, the fourth month is the first month of summer./ref] I alone have been chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo day and night, morning and evening.

“The One-eyed Turtle and the Floating Log,” The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, p. 959

Out of his wish for the happiness and peace of all humankind, Nichiren Daishonin proclaimed the establishment of his teaching of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo [on April 28, 1253]. And he embarked alone on a great struggle to propagate the Mystic Law while enduring unceasing hardship and persecution.

The mentors and disciples of Soka have inherited this spirit of taking personal initiative for kosen-rufu. The more challenging the times, let’s chant the lion’s roar of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and send forth the brilliant light of the Buddhism of the Sun from where we are. Fellow Bodhisattvas of the Earth will emerge in response without fail.

Translated from the April 27, 2021 Seikyo Shimbun, the Soka Gakkai’s daily newspaper.

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