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22nd July

SURELY, many obstacles will arise in the course of our Buddhist practice. They occur because of our efforts to propagate the True Law. Many difficulties that stand in our way actually serve to test whether or not our faith is strong enough to enable us to reach enlightenment in this lifetime.

GONGYO is a practice which calls forth and cultivates the infinite power that the microcosm inherently possesses. It transforms your fate, break through any apparent dead ends and converts sufferings into happiness. It creates a transformation, a resolution of the microcosm. It is a diagram in miniature of kosen-rufu in our lives.

ULTIMATELY, when we live in accord with the great eternal Law, everything in our life becomes a source of happiness. Without this firm basis, any happiness, no matter how wonderful it may appear, is but transitory and fleeting.

OUR personality does not determine our happiness or unhappiness; rather it is the substance of how we have lived our lives that decides. The purpose of Buddhism and education as well as of all our efforts towards self-improvement and growth is to enhance that substance. This is what life is all about.

HUMAN society is a struggle between good and evil. The evil are easily united by shared self-interest. That is why it is so important for good people to unite and form alliances and networks to counter and combat those negative forces. Let me share these words of President Makiguchi with you: “If good people allow evil people to do as they please, though they may regard themselves high above such people, they have in effect already capitulated to evil.”

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