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Brief Guidances

The Best Way to Honor the Memory of the Deceased

Words Of Encouragement From Ikeda Sensei

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Because your beloved departed father chanted Nam-myoho-renge-kyo while he was alive, he was a person who attained Buddhahood in his present form, in the same way that stones change into jewels.

The actions you have taken, then, are the very height of filial piety and concern.

“White Horses and White Swans,” The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, p. 1064

The beneficial power of the Mystic Law is eternal. Here, Nichiren Daishonin assures us that our deceased loved ones who chanted Nam-myoho-renge-kyo while alive attained Buddhahood just as they were. 

The light of the daimoku we chant for our deceased family members will definitely reach them, whether or not they embraced faith in Nichiren Buddhism in life. 

United by the Mystic Law, we will serenely advance together on the path of eternity, happiness, true self and purity, savoring joy in both life and death. 

Let’s honor the memory of our departed loved ones in the best possible way by helping others form positive connections with Nichiren Buddhism and accumulating the treasures of the heart in our lives.

From the Sept. 23, 2022,  issue of the Soka Gakkai’s daily newspaper, Seikyo Shimbun

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