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16th March

THE Gohonzon will never forsake those who dedicate themselves to kosen-rufu. Such people will definitely be praised by the Gohonzon and receive the protection of the Buddhist gods.

WHEN your friends are vigourous and in high spirits, you should be serene like the moonlight, and when they are down or dejected, you should warmly embrace them like the sun. I hope that you will advance while encouraging and praising one another - at times like a gentle breeze and at times like a warm current.

THERE may be times when others seem enviable. But others are others and you are you. Rather than comparing your every joy and sorrow to that of others, you should aim to surpass your limits in the situation you currently find yourself in. Those who can accomplish this throughout life are true victors, the true geniuses.

THE struggle to propagate Buddhism never stops for an instant. As the Lotus Sutra said, "This, the Buddha's work, I have never for a moment neglected" (LS16, 226). We must devote our entire beings to this great undertaking with our passion and energy; we must make our lives shine to illuminate that goal each second of our lives without cease.

YOUTH should have the spirit to exert 10 times the effort they have up to now. Faith is not empty posturing or lip service. It is action. It is all about whether you can stand alone.

NOTE: Visit for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, The Essentials for Attaining Buddhahood.