Monday, April 09, 2012

We all face various problems and obstacles. But Nichiren Daishonin writes: "Kyo'o's misfortunate will change into fortune. Muster your faith, and pray to this Gohonzon. Then what is there that cannot be achieved?" (WND-I, 412)

The first thing is to pray. From the moment we begin to pray, things start moving. The darker the night, the closer the dawn. From the moment we chant daimoku with a deep and powerful resolve, the sun begins to rise in our hearts.

Hope - prayer is the sun of hope. To chant daimoku each time we face a problem, overcoming it and elevating our life-condition as a result - this is the path of "earthly desires are enlightenment" taught in Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism.

Suffering and undergoing hardships for the sake of friends and for spreading the Law are manifestations of the great sense of responsibility of a genuine leader and the behavior of a bodhisattva. There is no suffering or hardships that a Bodhisattva of the Earth cannot surmount. So no matter what happens, I would like you to advance steadily, one step at a time, always chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo with a vibrant voice.

Daisaku Ikeda, My dear friends in America, p. 463-64

1 comment:

Chelsey said...

There is no suffering or hardships that a Bodhisattva of the Earth cannot surmount. So no matter what happens, I would like you to advance steadily, one step at a time, always chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo with a vibrant voice.
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