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11th October

IF you maintain your faith in the Gohonzon until the last moment of your life, you will be able to escape the darkness of sorrow and enjoy the highest possible condition even in the phase of death.

DESIRES know no limits, and as long as people remain committed to their own interests first, there is no way that the desires of all can be completely fulfilled. Of course it is right and appropriate to work for changes that improve our environment and our situation. But more important than that is to bravely guard the place you are now, your own personal fortress. You must carry your duties in your present position thoroughly and thereby create your very own future.

BUDDHISM stresses the importance of the present and the future. Its focus is from the present towards to the future, from today onwards. There is no need to dwell on the past. We should simply continue advancing ahead with our sights on the future. As long as we live with such in invigorated, youthful spirit, the sun will always continue shining brightly.

IT is important to want to sit before the Gohonzon as though going to meet the original Buddha, Nichiren Daishonin, and that the daimoku and gongyo to be enjoyable. Bearing both these points in mind, what's most important is that you continue in your Buddhist practice throughout life. There's no need to be overly concerned with formality.

AS youth, it is important that you devote yourself earnestly and sincerely to kosen-rufu, whether others are watching your efforts or not. Please cast aside airs and pretension. Putting on airs is pathetic playacting. With pretence, you cannot help others. You cannot even make yourself happy. Nichiren Daishonin wrote, “Rely on the Law and not on persons.” (WND, p872) The important thing is that we devote our lives to the Mystic Law.

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