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Brief Guidances

Creating Peace Through the Power of Our Lion’s Roar

Words Of Encouragement From Ikeda Sensei

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The single word “belief” is the sharp sword with which one confronts and overcomes fundamental darkness or ignorance.[1] The commentary [T’ien-t’ai’s Words and Phrases of the Lotus Sutra] says, “Belief means to be without doubt.” You should think about this. 

The Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings, pp. 119–20

It is 65 years since my mentor, second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda, made his landmark declaration calling on us to safeguard humanity’s right to life.[2] Our network of individuals who champion a philosophy of respect for the dignity of life now spans the globe. The shared challenge of mentor and disciple continues. Let us vanquish the devilish nature of fundamental ignorance with the lion’s roar of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. 

Though perhaps painstaking and unseen, our efforts to awaken others through one-to-one dialogue, based on our firm belief that all people possess the Buddha nature, are the most fundamental source of hope for peace. 

From the Sept. 6, 2022, issue of the Soka Gakkai’s daily newspaper, Seikyo Shimbun


  1. Fundamental darkness or ignorance: The most deeply rooted illusion inherent in life, said to give rise to all other illusions. The inability to see or recognize the truth, particularly, the Buddha nature, the true nature of one’s life. ↩︎
  2. Declaration for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons, issued on Sept. 8, 1957. ↩︎

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