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19th August

THERE are people who live in lavish mansions, but are not happy in the least. There are those who are fabulously rich, yet miserable. Wealth does not equal happiness. Rather, for many people it can actually be a source of suffering. Similarly, just because you gain social position or graduate from a prestigious university does not necessarily mean you will be happy.

NICHIREN DAISHONIN said, “Suffer what there is to suffer, enjoy what there is to enjoy.” (WND, p681) By leading such a vigourous and vibrant life, we are able to advance each day by leaps and bounds towards absolute happiness, and help others do the same.

CONVICTION gives birth to courage. Faith is the highest conviction. For this reason, people of faith must possess the greatest courage.

NICHIREN DAISHONIN stated in the Gosho, “There is no greater happiness for human beings than chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.” So long as you maintain strong faith, resolutely chanting daimoku to the Gohonzon no matter happens, then you will without fail be able to lead a life of complete fulfillment. This is in accordance with the principle that earthly desires are enlightenment.

FAITH is the important thing. Everything is ultimately determined by the strength of one’s faith. I hope you will be confident of the greatness of faith, and lead lives that brighten your workplaces, communities and society itself.

NOTE: Visit for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, A Gift of Rice.