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13th March

NICHIREN DAISHONIN'S Buddhism teaches faith that is dedicated to advancing kosen-rufu. Faith equals daily life. Therefore, as long as we persevere in faith that is committed to kosen-rufu, it is possible for us to be successful and victorious in our daily life and in society, no matter what trying times we may find ourselves in at present.

YOU can make a defeat the cause for future victory. You can also make victory the cause for future defeat. The Buddhism of Nichiren Daishonin is the Buddhism of True Cause, the Buddhism of the present and the future. We do not dwell on the past. We are always challenging ourselves from the present towards the future.

THE truly valiant person tries to triumph over any situation, no matter how unfavourable. Excuses are a mark of the weak. Buddhism is victory, so we must triumph in the real world, all the while remaining true to our convictions.

JUST as a tree that lived a thousand years last another thousand years after it has been cut, happiness will continue and endure to the extent that we suffer to attain it. We acquire blessings and merits to the degree that we devote ourselves to Buddhist practice. Neither clever schemes nor tactfulness will achieve anything. You must on no account lead such a meaningless, frivolous life.

IT is our power of faith and power of practice that enables us to tap the absolute and boundless power of the Buddha and power of the Law of the Gohonzon. In this connection, your sincere, strong faith is most important. Therefore, we should maintain ever-advancing faith and practice throughout our life.

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