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Those Who Win Over Themselves Are True Victors

Toward a Hope-filled Future With the Daishonin’s Writings

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If you earnestly pray that blessings be given to you without delay, how can your prayers fail to be answered? 

“On Prayer,” The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, p. 346

I am chanting for the health and success of all of you who are studying hard in this sweltering summer heat in preparation for next year’s school and university entrance exams. 

The key to prayer in Nichiren Buddhism is the determination to realize your heart’s desire. Those who set goals, then chant and take action to achieve them, can move their lives forward in the best possible direction. The most admirable and also most difficult victory is winning over oneself.  

With a cheerful invincible spirit, please keep challenging yourself at your own pace!

From the Aug. 9, 2023, issue of the Soka Gakkai’s daily newspaper, Seikyo Shimbun.

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