Current Testimonial - "Not advancing is regressing and we must keep advancing in faith" - We will eventually achieve victory as long as we maintiain our practice and strong faith. Read how Sahil Mehra succeeded in achieving victories in his life. Read his 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.

Thursday

5th March

IN any realm of activity, one cannot become a person of the highest calibre without overcoming some kind of life-or-death struggle. And this is all the more true when it comes to the strict path of mentor and disciple in Buddhism.


IF you continue to make steadfast efforts, then, just like fruit ripening on a tree, good fortune and benefit will adorn your life. To be impatient and try to pick the fruit before it is ripe is foolish. Youth is the training ground for forging character, for developing into a wonderful human being.


THE important thing about chanting daimoku is that it leaves you feeling refreshed and satisfied. By continuing to find such satisfaction in your practice each day, you will naturally come to develop a life in which, as the sutra stated, "All desires are fulfilled."


TO reform, to contribute, what do you need? You need to develop your character until you have built it into a fine thing. The ultimate 'weapon' in life is not a clever tongue or wealth. It is not fame or power. It is what is left when all empty artifice has been stripped away: your character as an individual.


THE offence of those who disobey the teachings of true Buddhism while embracing faith is far greater even than the offence of those who slander the True Law from the outset.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, The Essentials for Attaining Buddhahood.

Wednesday

4th March

THE Law of Myoho is eternal. It possesses infinite power. Therefore, basing oneself on correct faith in the Law of Myoho is like having an engine with infinite power. Only through Myoho, which exists forever as the fundamental law of the universe, can one surely construct a correct and secure course in life based on the eternal boundless power of the universe itself.


UNDER no circumstances does Buddhism discriminate among people on the basis of race, class, social standing or both. And it is precisely for this reason that it has spread throughout the world. Equality is the spirit of the world religion that is Buddhism.


THE driving force that enables us to open the supreme palace of happiness is faith and chanting daimoku. A person of daimoku, a person who can conquer the self, will be able to enjoy life to the full throughout the three existences.


IT is important that you possess the inner strength and common sense to always have the spirit to learn everything you can where you are, to develop the means by which to support your life, to pursue substance rather than surface, and to explore the depths of your potential. And it is vital that you become irreplaceable wherever you are.


WE must not spend our lives lost in dreams and driven by illusionary pleasures. Our life itself is a great palace. By chanting and propagating the Mystic Law, we open for ourselves and others a great palace of life imbued with eternity that will never perish throughout the three existences.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, The Essentials for Attaining Buddhahood.

Tuesday

3rd March

THE teachings of Buddhism enable us to view things based on the three existences of life - past, present and future - and to advance cheerfully along the valuable and noble path of peace, happiness and triumph. Let us not complain about petty things. We cannot let ourselves be discouraged by a little hardship. And we must never abandon our faith. To do so would be an act of cowardice and betrayal.


WHEN your determination changes, everything else will begin to move in the direction you desire. The moment you resolve to be victorious, every nerve and fibre in your being will immediately orient itself towards your success. On the other hand, if you think, "This is never going to work out," then, at that instant, every cell in your being will be deflated and give up the fight, and everything then really will move in the direction of failure.


HAPPINESS is not a matter of form, nor does it have anything to do with appearances. Outward appearance, status or wealth does not determine whether one is happy. The essence of happiness, rather, lies in what one feels in the inner recesses of one's heart, in what lives and reigns in the depths of one's being.


IT is an indisputable fact that we are working unsparingly to spread the Mystic Law in the world and extend the circle of happiness and joy to friend after friend. Regardless of what anyone might say, I proudly assert that our actions are those of the Buddha's emissaries and they accord with the will of Nichiren Daishonin.


WHAT is your goal today? Advance steadily in your practice with your targets clear in mind, and all your complaints and onshitsu will vanish.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, The Essentials for Attaining Buddhahood.

Monday

2nd March

THE daimoku that we chant is the heart and essence of the Lotus Sutra. Fundamentally, it is the very spirit of Nichiren Daishonin. Accordingly, though we may not entirely grasp its profound meaning, when we chant daimoku with faith in the Gohonzon, we come into contact with the Daishonin's spirit; we become able to manifest Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, the life of the original Buddha.


EACH of us is as unique as a cherry, plum, peach or apricot blossom, like Nichiren Daishonin stated in the Gosho. Cherry blossoms are cherry blossoms and plum blossoms are plum blossoms. Accordingly, you must bloom in the way that only you can, Without doubt, you possess your own jewel, your own innate talent inside of you.


MERCY and wisdom are two sides of the same coin. To be thoughtful of a friend is to be always filled with thoughts of what you can do for him/her, what that person needs or what is in his/her best interest. Leaders of kosen-rufu must always be filled with new, sensitive thoughts, never forgetting the circumstances of friends.


PLEASE remember to respect and treasure your fellow members. I hope that our Youth Division members in particular, no matter what their positions are in the organisation, will treat all their elders as if they were their parents.


FAITH equals practice. Therefore, it is faith expressed through action that is in accord with the Buddha's will. The actions one takes in carrying out Gakkai activities are the true Buddhist practice and will lead to the flowering of great benefit.

NOTE: NEW! Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, The Essentials for Attaining Buddhahood.

Sunday

1st March

NO matter what happens, you must carry out the practice of gongyo and chant daimoku everyday. Doing gongyo and chanting daimoku give rise to a bright and vibrant life-force from the depths of your life, giving you the power to resolve life difficulties. Therefore, you should never neglect gongyo on account of being too busy or too tired. Never "pull the plug" of your faith.


WHEN I say faith, I do not mean blind faith. I assume that the person with true faith lives in accord with the most profound wisdom. Wisdom is what gives meaning to religious beliefs.


MOST religions do not seek to make their followers wiser. In fact, we observe the opposite tendency - to keep their followers in darkness. The danger there is that such followers may become spiritual slaves. True Buddhism completely opposes this. It tries to open people's eyes, to awaken them.


IT is when we carry out our practice of faith with a sense of courage and joy that we are able to gain truly immense benefit. If, on the other hand, one has a grudging, negative attitude in faith, then one will be unable to gain great good fortune - good fortune that is truly profound and inexhaustible. While only a fine line separates these two attitudes in faith, the difference in the effects they bring about is immense.


FOR those who have not yet decided your future course, please concentrate your energies on the things you need to accomplish right now. You will discover your path as you keep searching, chanting earnestly to find your direction, and seeking advice and guidance from those around you.


IT is easy to simply parrot the word, "faith". However, putting faith into practice is difficult. The activities of the Gakkai are significant, however in that they allow us to strive together to continually solidify our faith and to help one another improve. This is the purpose of our organisation and the basis of our unity of itai doshin.


BY guiding another individual towards happiness, we guide ourselves towards happiness. This is our practice of introducing others to Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism. Through such efforts to share Buddhism with others, we can carry out our human revolution, and we can transform our karma. This is the greatness of Buddhism. The act of introducing others to Buddhism, which enables us to profoundly benefit ourselves and others, is the formula for hope for humanity.


I sincerely hope you will advance with courage. Courage is necessary in an individual’s practice of faith in the family, in the community and in society as a whole. Furthermore, only courageous faith is instrumental in proving our justice.


THE SGI's movement for peace is striving through dialogues to establish a philosophy of the sanctity of life as the spirit of the age in the 21st century. The dialogues you engage in everyday are noble and important. I hope you will continue them with supreme confidence and pride.


TO the extent that one is earnest in his/her faith and activities, everything will become his good fortune and benefit. Do not let grumblings or complaints lead you to abandon your faith. Whether you gain or lose will become clear ten or twenty years down the line.

NOTE: NEW! Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, The Essentials for Attaining Buddhahood.

Saturday

28th February

LIFE is eternal. We have been fortunate enough to embrace the Mystic Law in this lifetime and have a wonderful opportunity to accumulate good fortune. If we do not do so when we can, we will be the ones who lose out. In particular, the good fortune we accumulate through our efforts for kosen-rufu will form the foundation of our eternal happiness. As a result of such efforts, it is absolutely certain that we will be reborn in lifetime after lifetime as Buddhas, as champions of life. For that reason, let’s do our utmost now!


BUDDHISM teaches the principle of the oneness of life and death. Those who deeply study the principles of life and put them into practice will not fear death because they have the ability to attain eternal fulfilment and happiness.


EVERYONE has a unique mission that only they can fulfil. This does not mean, however, that you should sit around and do nothing, waiting for someone to tell you what it is. It is fundamental that you discover your mission on your own.


THE tree provides an apt analogy for life. No matter under what adverse circumstances they might find themselves in, those who have deepened their roots with the determination that the place where they are is the land of their mission will be victorious. Complaining accomplishes nothing.


I am convinced that true religious faith must not be at odds with reason. From the time I was young, I have treasured the words of a philosopher that true religious faith is the extension of reason. True reason seeks true faith, and true faith allows elevated reason to shine in its own light.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com/ for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, Winter Always Turns To Spring.

Friday

27th February

THE true stage of your Buddhist practice and action for kosen-rufu is none other than your place of work, your community, or in short, the place where you exist right now. Please have deep conviction that right here is the place where you must exert yourself for the sake of kosen-rufu and for your own enlightenment.


YOU must never be defeated by the struggles that confront you. You must never retreat. You must never be daunted. Your daily activities to make your faith manifest itself in your lives will become solid roots for your victory and happiness over the three existences.


WITHOUT the world of intellect that education opens, religion and faith are in danger of becoming blind. But with the light of intellect produced by education, the spirit of religion also shines with a brighter light.


WHEN we interact with others with true sincerity, the other person will more often than not come to respect and value our own character. And this is all the more so when our actions are based on prayer. Conversely, holding others in contempt only leads to being held in contempt oneself. One whose life is tainted by feelings of hate towards others will come to be reviled by others.


CULTIVATING harmonious relations with and winning the support of people of diverse characters and persuasions are part of our Buddhist practice. This is a necessary pre-condition for the organisation to move forward as a while and for our own individual development and growth. It also enables us to forge a solid self-identity so that we can confidently meet and talk with all kinds of people.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com/ for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, Winter Always Turns To Spring.

Thursday

26th February

BUDDHISM is the wellspring of courage. When we possess courage, we can transform any misfortune or suffering into sustenance for our own development and the strength for achieving our mission.


THE "power of practice" encompasses the strength of your daimoku and the energy with which you work for kosen-rufu - for the happiness of all people and the prosperity of society as a whole. The stronger the power of your practice for yourself and others, the more you can tap the power of the Buddha and the power of the Law of the Gohonzon.


YOU must not be half-hearted. When you pursue something with a strong determination, you will have no regrets even should you fail. But if you succeed, you will achieve truly great things. Either way, your unceasing efforts will lead you to the next path you should follow.


IN seeking the truth, there is never a point when we can say, "This is good enough," and have done with our efforts. Similarly, in practising for the happiness of others, there is no point at which we can say, "I have done enough." The same goes for our practice to develop and perfect ourselves.


EDUCATION provides the ship, the map and the compass for the exploration of those unknown inner regions. Believing in people, believing in some rich unknown something and drawing it out - that is the vigourous spirit of education. It has something in common with true religious spirit as well.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com/ for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, Winter Always Turns To Spring.

Wednesday

25th February

PLEASE understand that your daily practice of gongyo and your continuous activities for kosen-rufu, based upon faith, ultimately return to you as fortune and benefit. This is the nature of the Daishonin's Buddhism.


WHAT is the most important thing in human society? It is, without question, human beings. What makes human beings? Education. It is impossible to overemphasise the importance of education.


THE treasure of the heart is the most fundamental treasure. In this sense, all of you who spare no effort in exerting yourselves day and night for the sake of the Law and for the sake of others are people of character who possess the greatest happiness in life. The treasure of the heart, that is faith, is an eternal treasure that adorns our lives over the three existences of past, present and future.


WE need the tenacity and perseverance to accumulate benefit through faith steadily and surely with each step we take forward and up. We cannot build anything solid or indestructible by neglecting to make efforts when no one is looking or through pretentious posturing or empty gestures.


THE Gosho contains the illuminating light of a philosophy of hope, peace and respect for life that the world today is desperately searching for. Based on the Gosho, we are spreading the unprecedented revitalising light of Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism around the globe. What a grand renaissance ill bring about in the new century!

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com/ for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, Winter Always Turns To Spring.

Tuesday

24th February

THOSE who firmly establish their own characters, qualities and inner spiritual domain, no matter what happens, will possess the fundamental strength and capacity to change everything into a source of value. Such people are truly happy.


BUDDHISM is the highest principle of reason. It is based on the reason that we are promoting all of our activities in society. In this way, Buddhism can be made to pulse in society. This is the basis for the SGI movement.


PUT an end to onshitsu. It is your enemy and stand in the way of benefit. Let’s enable everyone to fulfil all their desires with fresh, honest faith linked directly to the Dai-Gohonzon.


WHETHER in life, day to day existence or the movement for kosen-rufu, solid unshakeable victory is not achieved overnight. While receiving conspicuous benefit is wonderful, you cannot expect it to happen all the time. It is like winning the lottery. Just because you win it once does not mean you will win it every time. Far more important is inconspicuous benefit.


LET us live long lives and make our way to the top of this mountain with joy, hope and strong commitment, with the goal of completing the foundations for kosen-rufu. Though some may pass away in the course of our journey, they will attain Buddhahood and quickly be reborn; since life and death are indivisible, they will continue to work for kosen-rufu as our fellow members in faith forever.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com/ for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, Winter Always Turns To Spring.