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Brief Guidances

Charting a Course for Peace Based on Respect for the Dignity of Life

Words of Encouragement From Ikeda Sensei

Only the ship of Myoho-renge-kyo[1] enables one to cross the sea of the sufferings of birth and death.

“A Ship to Cross the Sea of Suffering,” The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, p. 33

No one can escape the turbulent waves of the sufferings of birth, aging, sickness and death. The Mystic Law is the great ship that can guide humanity across this sea of endless pain and struggle to a life state of indestructible happiness imbued with the noble virtues of eternity, joy, true self and purity.

A youth spent in the pursuit of studying and spreading the wonderful, hope-filled teachings of Nichiren Buddhism is truly praiseworthy. When you reach out to talk with others, sharing your great conviction in faith, you light the way for them to surmount their problems and sufferings and help dispel the darkness of the times.

My friends of the youth division, be captains charting an inspiring course for peace based on respect for the dignity of life!

Translated from the January 19, 2021 Seikyo Shimbun, the Soka Gakkai’s daily newspaper.


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

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