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Striving With Strong Faith to Overcome All Obstacles

Toward A Hope-Filled Future With The Daishonin’s Writings: Words Of Encouragement from Ikeda Sensei

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One passage from … [T’ien-t’ai’s Great Concentration and Insight] reads: “As practice progresses and understanding grows, the three obstacles and four devils emerge in confusing form, vying with one another to interfere. … One should be neither influenced nor frightened by them. If one falls under their influence, one will be led into the paths of evil. If one is frightened by them, one will be prevented from practicing the correct teaching.” This statement not only applies to me, but also is a guide for my followers. Reverently make this teaching your own, and transmit it as an axiom of faith for future generations.

“Letter to the Brothers,” The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, p. 501

The three obstacles and four devils arise because we practice and spread the correct teaching of Buddhism. Having the courage to confront them without being intimidated or swayed is proof of true practice and study. 

“Faith for overcoming obstacles,” [1] the proud spirit of Soka mentors and disciples, is a guideline and teaching of Nichiren Daishonin that we have “made our own and transmitted.” 

Precisely because the times are so challenging, let’s forge ahead boldly, taking to heart the Daishonin’s words “the wise will rejoice”![2] For our triumphant dramas of human revolution will become “an axiom of faith for future generations,” a source of inspiration for realizing lasting happiness and peace for all people.

From the Nov. 2, 2022, issue of the Soka Gakkai’s daily newspaper, Seikyo Shimbun

Always Moving Forward From This Moment On

You should … strive in faith more than ever to receive the blessings of the Lotus Sutra. 

“A Ship to Cross the Sea of Suffering,” WND-1, 33

Our Soka youth around the world, braving the headwinds of the times, have made great dynamic progress this year. When we respond to life’s challenges, the power to create value wells forth. 

Nichiren Buddhism is the Buddhism of true cause, teaching us to always move forward from this moment on. In our founding month, let’s refresh our spirits and challenge ourselves anew, filled with ever greater delight because of our strong faith![3]

When young Bodhisattvas of the Earth advance, waves of hope ripple out. I hope you will all show ever more brilliant actual proof of the benefit of faith in your lives, your communities and your societies!

From the Nov. 11, 2022, issue of the Soka Gakkai’s daily newspaper, Seikyo Shimbun

December 16, 2022, World Tribune, p. 3

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