Current Testimonial - Never give up - Regardless of how tough the challenges are, how never ending they seem to be, we must never give up. With strong determination in faith, we will evenutally be able to triumph over all adversities. Read how Estée Ling, a YWD from Malaysia succeeded in achieving victories in her life. Read her testimonial at the Chant for a Better Life blog to find out more.

Request for Testimonials - We would like to encourage all Soka members from around the world to send in your testimonials to actualproofs[at]yahoo.com and share your experiences - how you overcome the challenges you faced and achieve victories - with other members who could learn from you.

Friday

25th April

HEARTFELT words of encouragement help people grow. One's compassion, stemming from strong faith and sense for kosen-rufu reverberates in the hearts of others.


THERE are many honours and decorations in the world. Correct faith, however, is the decoration of life that will adorn your existence throughout eternity.


DEVELOPING a state of life where you have the capacity to understand and appreciate the feelings of your parents and family, instead of getting into arguments with them, to feel a sense of gratitude for all that your parents have done for you, and to be able to genuinely treasure and care for them - this is proof of one's faith.


THE greater the struggle, the more enriching the experience is for one's life. That said, however, if you immediately set out to climb a high peak without any preparation, the challenge could be beyond you. You may be forced to abandon your ascent, lose your way or suffer from altitude sickness! It might be better to first attempt a goal more suited to your level.


AS we strive to realise the widespread propagation of the Mystic Law, the three powerful enemies and the three obstacles and four devils will invariably arise, vying with one another to hinder our progress. Battling these negative forces constitutes the great path to attaining Buddhahood. Through exerting ourselves bravely to surmount various obstacles, we can forge outstanding character. Without such challenges, we would be armchair Buddhists; our faith would be nothing but an empty formality.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, Letter to the Brothers.

Thursday

24th April

EACH morning and evening, I am earnestly chanting daimoku for our members in Japan and around the world, with the prayer that they will not be defeated, that they will absolutely triumph. I would like every single member without exception to be a great victor. This is my true and honest wish.


A river meanders but never stops. This is the natural way of things. Similarly, if you make continuous efforts, your personality will improve slowly but steadily. The key is to keep moving forward and never stops.


IF your fighting spirit is destroyed, the palace of your heart will also crumble into ruin. Just as water leaks from a damaged vessel, your benefits and good fortune will drain away. It is precisely because we want to prevent this from happening that we continue to encourage one another to fight on in our struggle.


STRUGGLE is the unchanging reality of life and of the universe. Therefore, we must not be defeated. In our daily lives and in the movement of kosen-rufu, it is imperative that for the sake of ourselves and our juniors, we wage a thorough going struggle and achieve victory. Then we will become persons of belief and practitioners of Buddhism in the truest sense.


OUR way of faith based on the Mystic Law leads to the attainment of kosen-rufu to benefit all people throughout the ten thousand years and more of the Latter Day of the Law. It is the way to create a new era in the history of mankind, one based on respect for the dignity of human existence. This is the mountain of kosen-rufu on which we venture our lives.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, Letter to the Brothers.

Wednesday

23rd April

THE true teaching of Buddhism is in no way divorced from daily life or society. Its vitality lies in the proof of faith that unfolds in the midst of society as a result of one's efforts in daimoku and other aspects of our Buddhist practice.


IN the midst of your efforts to spread the Mystic Law, tremendous vitality wells forth from the depths of your life. The Mystic Law is the ultimate 'beneficial medicine'. I hope that all of you will live showing proof of the majestic power of the Buddha and the Law.


IT is in the course of our earnest personal struggles that we build a glorious palace for good fortune that survives throughout the past, present and future. You must not permit yourself to destroy that castle through foolish carelessness. Nichiren Daishonin admonished, "Strengthen your faith day by day and month after month. Should you slacken even a bit, demons will take advantage."


BY chanting daimoku, we can cleanse and purify our lives of negativity and impurities. We can lead everything in the direction of happiness. For example, a person’s shyness may be transformed into valuable qualities such as prudence and discretion, while someone's impatience might be transformed into a knack for getting things done quickly and efficiently.


LIFE is a struggle. Since that is true, let us make it a victorious one! Everything starts from here. This is the spirit of those who from the time of their youth have upheld philosophy and a bright, determined sense of mission. It is the spirit of those who embark on a profound, humanistic struggle for the happiness of their fellow human beings.


NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, Letter to the Brothers.

Tuesday

22nd April

IT is important to energetically advance based on the two ways of practice and study - that is, striving in our Buddhist practice and studying the teachings of Buddhism. We must not simply go through the motions, carrying out our organisational activities out of force of habit. We must actively practise Nichiren Daishonin's teachings ourselves and teach others about them as well, working to advance kosen-rufu as the Daishonin instructed.


LIFE is a chain. All things are related. When any link in that chain is harmed, others will be affected. We should think of the environment as our Mother - Mother Soil, Mother Sea and Mother Earth. There is no crime worse than harming one's own mother.


IT is when people are alone that you can tell whether or not they are the genuine article. A person of true substance is one who stands up alone. As long as you are merely treading water in the crowd, your position, no matter how enviable, is as insubstantial as a dream. The Buddha stands up alone. It is when we, too, stand up alone in our respective situations that we can become Buddhas.


MY most sincere hope is for your happiness. Taking care of your health, please live a long, wonderful existence in which all desires are fulfilled. The days that you dedicate for the cause of kosen-rufu are days of unsurpassed value. By living in this way, you will as a matter of course enjoy good health.


KOSEN-RUFU does not lie off in the distance. Sincerity and generous humanity towards those around you is the first step.


NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, Letter to the Brothers.

Monday

21st April

WE train our lives on the most fundamental level through conducting morning and evening gongyo, and by devoting ourselves to the practice of Buddhism for ourselves and for others. It is by steadily training ourselves in this fashion that we will be able to achieve great victory in our "war of independence", that is kosen-rufu.


I hope that all of you will continue struggling to fulfil your mission so that you can adorn your life with victory for the sake of the Law. I fervently wish that, always maintaining a youthful spirit, you will lead a fulfilled and noble existence, completely free of any cause for regrets. Herein lies the essence of faith and the spirit of SGI.


BUDDHISM means being victorious; it is a struggle. Life, too, is a struggle. Therefore, only by persevering and winning can we attain true happiness.


HEALTH is a daily effort, a combination of strong prayer and careful, practical action. Please live out your lives to the fullest. Doing so is a great challenge. Live long lives. No matter what happens, live vigourously right to the end, so that you can look back over your life and say, "What a wonderful life I had!" That is the true meaning of a healthy life.


EVERYTHING in life is part of our training; it is for our own benefit and development. We must resolve to accumulate, right now, in the situation we find ourselves at this moment, everlasting good fortune for ourselves as well as for our families and relatives. The human revolution of a single individual can transform everything in a direction leading towards happiness, hope and peace. Please advance joyfully and in high spirits.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, Letter to the Brothers.

Sunday

20th April

IN the realm of faith, we are all equal. The strict law of cause and effect is undiscriminating.


IT is also important that we live cheerfully. With a strong spirit of optimism, we need to be able to continually direct our minds in a bright, positive and beneficial direction, and help those around us to do so too. We should strive to develop a state of life where we can feel a sense of joy, no matter what happens.


WHEN you are earnest in your desire to raise and educate others, you too will grow. The person who leaves no stone unturned in the search for talented individuals, who earnestly prays for them, connects them to senior members, and thus educated them is truly an asset to the organisation.


WHETHER or not we feel complete satisfaction in fulfilling our own mission depends solely on how we put the finishing touches on it during the last years of our lives. No matter how favourable and smooth an existence you may have led, should you fail to bring it to a complete fulfilment, your past efforts will have been in vain. I hope that you will triumph in overcoming the hindrances of karma and live powerfully throughout your life for the sake of your eternal victory.


THOSE who carry out their faith sincerely and protect this Buddhism with the most serious determination will without doubt be protected by the Buddhist gods and will be able to lead a life in which "all desires are fulfilled".

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, Letter to the Brothers.

Saturday

19th April

HONEST and continuing dialogue with a single person is important. In these efforts, requiring perseverance and courage, there lies the brilliant possibility of kosen-rufu's unlimited expansion.


FROM the standpoint of our practice, an attitude of wishing to live long so that one may work that much more for the sake of others could be considered a vivid expression of faith.


IT all comes down to you. Not others. You must build a solid foundation within your own life. And as you grapple to overcome various problems and sufferings along the ways, you must strive to accomplish all that you have set out to achieve. This suffering is the flesh and bones of a leader. It will become the treasure of your life.


NOTHING is wasted in faith. One never loses out. Please be confident that all your efforts to help others and to promote Buddhism are accumulating immense treasures of good fortune in your life. This is what is meant by inconspicuous benefit.


ADVANCE preparation is very important. Whether you are heading out for a discussion meeting or to introduce Buddhism to others, or whether you are going to work, it is the person who prepares in advance who succeeds. The most important and fundamental preparation is gongyo and daimoku. Chanting to the Gohonzon with a strong determination to succeed is the best preparation of all.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, Letter to the Brothers.

Friday

18th April

NICHIREN DAISHONIN repeatedly taught that benefit flows forth when we strive against evil for the sake of kosen-rufu; when we do not, it does not. And he urged us to follow his example. The SGI is an “organisation of kosen-rufu" acting in complete accord with the Daishonin's teachings. It is an organisation of supreme human unity.


TO the extent that in the present we take action, in our next lives and the next, and the ones after that, we will be reborn as great leaders of society, as great scientists, great writers, people of wealth, great scholars, as anonymous champions of the people. Assuming all kinds of appearances, we will lead people to enlightenment based on the Mystic Law.


WHEN faced with 10 trials, you must call forth the strength to conquer 20. When faced with 100 obstacles, you must summon the power to overcome 200. That is faith; that is the Soka Gakkai spirit.


WHETHER one can understand the time and take valuable action accordingly depends on the depth of a person's awareness of his/her mission, the greatness of his/her state of life, and the profundity of his/her wisdom.


BUCKLE down to your present task, giving it your all. Through such efforts, you will be able to develop fresh confidence and open up new prospects for the future.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, Letter to the Brothers.

Thursday

17th April

TO exert oneself in the organisation is the best training. The sense of responsibility this entails cultivates one's humanity, and raises his capability to higher level.


IF you realise the significance of the present time, joy and firm determination will well forth in your life, and you will experience a profound sense of gratitude. Your faith will become solid and your mind settles on advancing together with the organisation on the direct path to kosen-rufu. Practising faith based on a perception of the significance of time is the key to developing a state of life crowned by the four virtues of eternity, happiness, true self and joy.


PEOPLE of first-class calibre possess both understanding capabilities and character. They have integrity. Therefore, you must confront and challenge every situation not with some flimsy ruse but with the full force of your character. You must live with honesty and integrity and produce solid results. You must set your sights on a great objective and fight to achieve it with your whole being and spirit.


HUMAN relationship problems are opportunities for you to grow and mature. Such problems can be character building if you do not let them defeat you. That is why it is important not to isolate yourself. No one can exist apart from others. Remaining aloof from others cultivates only selfishness, and that that accomplishes nothing.


BUDDHISM teaches the importance of the present and the future. The purpose of Buddhism and faith is for us to always be able to advance from today towards tomorrow filled with hope, taking positive steps for the future. We must never forget this crucial point.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, Letter to the Brothers.

Wednesday

16th April

THE foundation of health is strong faith, which enables us to draw forth strong life force, triumph over harmful, negative forces and transform our karma. Nichiren Daishonin famously declared, "Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is like the roar of a lion. What sickness can therefore be an obstacle?" (WND, p412)


IN all things, patience is the key to victory. Those who cannot endure cannot hope to win. Ultimate triumph belongs to those who can forebear.


THE way of mentor and disciple means an absolute commitment. A person who is all words and no action can never understand this fact. It is a solemn and exacting relationship. It is a matter of one's mind. The extent to which you can tap the infinite power of the Mystic Law is also determined by your mind, or attitude, in faith.


ALL things have their appointed time - cherry trees flower in the spring, and leaves turn crimson-red in the autumn. For better or worse, no one can escape the rhythm of time. What we can do is to perceive the nature of the present time.


IT is no easy feat for a seed which has been planted in one life to blossom into huge flower of happiness and bear the fruit of Buddhahood. To nurture our seed of Buddhahood, we must do daily gongyo and chant daimoku, receive correct guidance and encouragement, and study the gosho.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, Letter to the Brothers.