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6th July

WE are Buddhist, but we are also ordinary citizens and members of society. So, we strive to be excellent citizens who contribute to society more than others. However, as Buddhists, our most fundamental understanding should be that we are followers of the Boddhisattvas of the Earth. As such, we should dedicate ourselves on our spare time to kosen-rufu activities and to the propagation of true Buddhism, in order to realize peace and for the sake of the people. The important thing is to have a deep sense of mission.

ARMED only with sincerity, not relying upon wither authority or economic strength, I have stood in the midst of all kinds of difficulties, taking the lead of millions of people. I have done this solely out of my faithful vow to my mentor that I would devote my whole life to protecting members and leading them to happiness. Fulfilling that vow has been my whole life.

BECAUSE we have problems to challenge, we can change our earthly desires into enlightenment by praying and trying to secure the best solution. Problems form the springboard for further growth and development.

NICHIREN DAISHONIN taught the principle “earthly desires are enlightenment”. Because we have desires and worries, we can appreciate happiness. Because we face and overcome painful difficulties, we can attain Buddhahood. The truth is that a life without suffering is not at all happy. That is the perspective of Buddhism.

WHAT is the purpose of life? What is the purpose of learning? Without a profound philosophy that addresses these questions, our lives will be superficial and shallow. How can we deepen ourselves as individuals? How can we attain a rich, fulfilling view of what it means to be a human being? And how can we lead lives that make the most of our potential? These are the basic questions we face in life.

NOTE: Visit for Nichiren Daishonin's gosho, A Gift of Rice.