Friday, September 23, 2016

Faith enables us to develop the capacity to experience happiness even in times of suffering

"Experiencing the power of faith is the direct path to developing conviction. In life, we encounter all sorts of problems and difficulties, both big and small. We may sometimes feel stuck in our jobs, relationships, family situations, and so on. We may have accidents or fall ill. Some of us may feel frustrated at not being able to introduce anyone to Nichiren Buddhism.

It's important to regard each such problem or difficulty as our personal challenge, chant daimoku earnestly, and participate in Soka Gakkai activities. If we do so, we will definitely make a breakthrough. Sometimes our problems are resolved one at a time, and sometimes they are all resolved at once, as the Daishonin describes when he writes: 'The sufferings of hell will vanish instantly' (WND-1, 199). We can also build an invincible self, such that even if our problems persist, we won't be swayed or defeated by them. That's because our Buddhist practice enables us to elevate our state of life.

"By accumulating experiences of surmounting difficulties through faith, we can deepen and strengthen our conviction in the power of Nichiren Buddhism."


Saturday, September 24th, 2016
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Relative and absolute happiness

RELATIVE AND ABSOLUTE HAPPINESS

"Nichiren Daishonin left us the Gohonzon. Through its power the poor can become rich and the sick, healthy. This is still a relative state of happiness and that's all you ever pray for, but eventually before you realise it, you'll be in the absolute state of happiness. You never pray for absolute happiness, but you enter that state without fail, whether you want it or not. It is the state in which you find your life meaningful, no matter where you are - I repeat, no matter where you are. At any time and in place you'll enjoy living itself. So, wherever you are, there will be bright atmosphere and never any argument. Sometimes you may get angry, but even this you'll be doing pleasantly. Don't you think you'll be delighted to be in such a state? I close my speech, praying that each one of you will graduate from relative happiness as soon as possible and enter into absolute happiness - a state you never even imagined you could enjoy."

Daisaku Ikeda
The HR 10, 330.


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Buddhism equals daily life

For Today and Tomorrow
Encouragement by Daisaku Ikeda
Thursday, September 22, 2016

The principle that "Buddhismequals life" means that everything in one's life is itself Buddhism.  The principle that "Buddhism becomes manifest in society" means that society, too, is at one with Buddhism.  The struggle for kosen-rufu can be waged only within the realities of life and society.  Those who earnestly grapple with these realities develop strength and inner substance.  They develop and grow.

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Illness is a means for us to develop a strong and compassionate self

Wisdom for Modern Life by Daisaku Ikeda
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Buddhism views illness as an opportunity to attain a higher, nobler state of life.  It teaches that, instead of agonizing over a serious disease, or despairing of ever overcoming it, we should use illness as a means to build a strong, compassionate self, which in turn will make it possible for us to be truly victorious.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

RELATIVE AND ABSOLUTE HAPPINESS

RELATIVE AND ABSOLUTE HAPPINESS

"Nichiren Daishonin left us the Gohonzon. Through its power the poor can become rich and the sick, healthy. This is still a relative state of happiness and that's all you ever pray for, but eventually before you realise it, you'll be in the absolute state of happiness. You never pray for absolute happiness, but you enter that state without fail, whether you want it or not. It is the state in which you find your life meaningful, no matter where you are - I repeat, no matter where you are. At any time and in place you'll enjoy living itself. So, wherever you are, there will be bright atmosphere and never any argument. Sometimes you may get angry, but even this you'll be doing pleasantly. Don't you think you'll be delighted to be in such a state? I close my speech, praying that each one of you will graduate from relative happiness as soon as possible and enter into absolute happiness - a state you never even imagined you could enjoy."

Daisaku Ikeda
The HR 10, 330.


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Saturday, September 17, 2016