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22nd September

ONE’S life changes from moment to moment. Whether these changes will lead you to improvement or to corruption depends on whether you possess a constant determination or ichinen to improve your life, along with the changes you experience from day to day.

THERE are many irrational events in the world which may cause one to wonder why they happen at all. Their true cause lies beyond the realm of the superficial, secular point of view that arises out of ignorance about the profound law of cause and effect, the determining factor of happiness or unhappiness. Without understanding this law, people have illusions which are irrational. In the end, only the eye of the Law and the eye of the Buddha can perceive the ultimate truth of all phenomena.

ACTION is either win or lose. Victory is determined by whether or not our actions contribute to the advancement of kosen-rufu. We lose if our actions do not create value and fail to bring about results. It is important to take action ourselves, rather than relying on others. Do not try to avoid adversity. We can develop into true leaders by confronting hardships with a strong determination.

EXERTING ourselves in the practice of gongyo each day amounts to what you might call a spiritual workout. It purifies and cleanses our life, gets our motor running, and puts us on the right course for the day. It gets our body and our mind working smoothly and puts us in rhythm, in sync, with the universe.

NICHIREN DAISHONIN wrote: “Life is limited; we must not begrudge it. What we should ultimately aspire to is the Buddha land.” (WND, p214) There is no retirement age in Buddhism. And there is no retirement from life. We must continue working all our lives, to our hearts’ content, for the sake of people’s happiness and for the sake of the Law. If we take ourselves away from the organisation’s activities, our lives will only be empty and lonely. We must proceed to the end on the path of kosen-rufu that we have chosen to walk in this lifetime.

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