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10th January

BEING human, it is quite natural for our minds to wander, for all sorts of thoughts and memories to surface. You should just share all those thoughts with the Gohonzon. There is no set form or pattern for how we should pray. Buddhism emphasises being natural. Therefore, simply chant earnestly without pretence or artifice, just as you are, as your faith develops; you will naturally find it easier to focus your mind when you chant.

LIFE is, without exception, an ongoing struggle with various problems and difficulties. Faith is what allows us to simply transcend the accompanying pain and suffering, and to establish an indestructible fortress of happiness in our lives - a fortress that will last for all eternity. Our fortune grows in direct proportion to the state of life we are able to develop.

NICHIREN DAISHONIN said that the most important point is to be consistent in your faith and that as long as you are consistent, all your desires of the present and future will eventually be fulfilled. The thing you should never forget is to continue chanting daimoku no matter what.

WE should strive to read the Gosho everyday. Busy as we may be, I hope you will all make renewed efforts in this sphere. Reading the Gosho changes our lives enormously. Tremendous confidence that we can triumph in all life's struggles will well forth within us.

TO be earnest and to be stern is different. Bravery is different from desperation. A person of great courage is bright and cheerful. A confident person is calm and serene. A person with wisdom has the latitude to smile.

NOTE: Visit for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, On Reprimanding Hachiman.