Can you build courage through doing Shakubuku?
Taking the opportunity to resend some classic & favorite
guidance & daily quotes.
to greet people and make new friends. By activating people’s Buddha nature, we call forth the positive functions of
the universe, which will manifest as support and assistance from those around us."
SGI Newsletter No. 8552,
To My Young Friends—Leaders of a New Age,  To Youth Entering
“Victory means to make a profound,earnest
determination to base everything on faith no matter what especially when we’re facing our most difficult challenges”
– WT, Pag C – Dec 30, 2011
Encouragement based on the Mystic Law calls forth and activates the power
of the Mystic Law inherent in the individual-that is, their fundamental human potential. It draws forth the individual's innate
life force, and instills courage, hope and conviction." - Daisaku Ikeda
"A woman who embraces
the lion king of the Lotus Sutra never fears any of the beasts of hell or of the realms of hungry spirits and animals."
Drum at the Gate of Thunder - The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol.1, page 949) Selection source: "Kyo no Hosshin",
Seikyo Shimbun, March
Eight sufferings: Also, eight universal sufferings. They comprise the four fundamental sufferings
of birth, aging, sickness, and death, plus the four additional sufferings:
(1) the sufferings of having to part
from those whom one loves,
(2) the suffering of having to meet with those whom one hates,
(3) the suffering
of being unable to obtain what one desires, and
(4) the suffering arising from the five components that constitute
one’s body and mind.
--TO MY FRIENDS--
Transform your karma into
and adversities into fuel for taking a
flying leap forward in life.
Remember, Buddhism elucidates
principle of "changing poison into medicine."
Let's write a drama about a winning life
grounded in great conviction.
"To chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo each time we face a problem, overcoming it
and elevating our life-condition as a result - this is the path of 'changing earthly desires into enlightenment' taught in
Nichiren Buddhism. We practice this Buddhism to make our prayers and dreams come true and to achieve the greatest possible
happiness. The fact that our prayers are answered is proof of the correctness of this teaching." - Daisaku Ikeda, Faith
Into Action, p. 152
"The biggest obstacles to our progress exist within our own lives in the form of
cowardice and the tendency to give up. Breaking through these barriers will unleash a surging wave of change."
Dr. Daisaku Ikeda
Happiness is not something far away. It is to be found neither in fame nor in popularity.
When you live with integrity, your hearts begin to fill with a happiness as vast as the universe. It’s about being true
to yourself and starting from where you are. From there your happiness will expand and grow limitlessly.
☀ Rather than seeking to better themselves, jealous people focus their energies on dragging
others down. Actions rooted in jealousy will only cause suffering and will not create any value or benefit for anyone. We
are only able to develop our own good qualities to the extent that we can respect what is admirable in others. -- Daisaku
Thursday, June 28, 2012:
In the "Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings," the Daishonin
says, "One should regard meeting obstacles as true peace and comfort" (Gosho Zenshu, p. 750). You may wonder how
encountering obstacles could be a source of peace and comfort. But the truth of the matter is that through struggling against
and overcoming difficulties, we can transform our destiny and attain Buddhahood. Confronting adversity, therefore, represents
peace and comfort.
Wisdom for Modern Life by Daisaku Ikeda
Thursday, June 7, 2012:
enables us to make any hardship or setback the source of our new advancement and our treasure for the future. Therefore, you…
See More don't have to be afraid of making a mistake or encountering an obstacle. In short, as long as you are devoted to
staying in the correct orbit of faith, you won't ever cease to advance toward your victory, even if you may go through some
twists and turns in life.
Fellowship means,a group of friends that share a common interest.
is the power to take decisive action and to break through challenges; it is a power that can only be developed through faith,
practice and study."- Josei Toda
hello everyone do keep up the good work and good night and do have a productive
Wisdom for Modern Life by Daisaku Ikeda
Sunday, June 3, 2012:
When we plant the seed of happiness
that is faith and carefully tend its growth, it will produce fruit without fail. We have to bear in mind,… See More
however, that we cannot plant a seed today and expect it to bear fruit tomorrow. That's not reasonable and Buddhism is reason.
If we persevere, bearing in mind the principle faith equals daily life in accord with reason, then our prayers will definitely
be answered. This is Nichiren's promise to us. And his words are true beyond any doubt.
Daily Encouragement by Daisaku
Sunday, June 3, 2012:
I would like each of you to rise to the challenge of revolutionizing the area where
you live into an ideal community and to do so with the…See More determination to start from where you are right now.
This means building a good SGI organization in your local area—and building it yourself with loving, painstaking care,
the way an artist pours his or her heart and soul into creating a work of art. It also means fostering capable people. Buddhism,
after all, can only flourish if there are people who uphold and practice its teachings.
Daily Encouragement by Daisaku
Thursday, May 31, 2012:
Buddhism is about bringing happiness, joy and fulfillment to all. It enables us not
only to become happy ourselves but to make causes for the… See More enlightenment of our ancestors seven-plus generations
back and for the happiness and prosperity of our children, grandchildren and descendants throughout future generations. This
is the great benefit of Buddhism.
Those who believe in the lotus sutra are as if in winter, but winter always turns
into spring. Never, from ancient times, has anyone heard or seen of winter turning back to autumn. Nor have we ever heard
of a… See More believer in the lotus sutra who turned into an ordinary person, the sutra reads, "if there are
those who hear the law, then not one will fail to attain Buddhahood".
Daily Encouragement by Daisaku
Wednesday, May 30, 2012:
Those who make many friends have greater opportunities for growth and self-development;
as such they make society a better place and lead happy,… See More satisfying lives. In every situation, human relations—communication
and personal interaction—are vital. We need to initiate and nurture friendships and contacts with many people, both
within the organization and in society at large. Our lives will open and be enriched to the extent that we do so.
how to apply the knowledge we have acquired - this is where wisdom comes in. We can accumulate all the knowledge we like,
but without wisdom to guide us, it produces nothing of value. Memorized… See More
information alone always remains
on the level of the conceptual.
Wisdom in contrast, operates on the level of real life. It is a source of power for living,
for surviving and coping. It is wisdom that leads to our success and happiness. Knowledge alone cannot produce happiness."
- Daisaku Ikeda
"Knowing how to apply the knowledge we have acquired - this is where wisdom comes in. We can
accumulate all the knowledge we like, but without wisdom to guide us, it produces nothing of value. Memorized… See
information alone always remains on the level of the conceptual.
Wisdom in contrast, operates on the level
of real life. It is a source of power for living, for surviving and coping. It is wisdom that leads to our success and happiness.
Knowledge alone cannot produce happiness." - Daisaku Ikeda
"Never be afraid (of people that speak ill
of us behind our back) of that. Just brush it off. Even the world's greatest people were criticized and belittled." -
Wisdom for Modern Life by Daisaku Ikeda
Sunday, May 20, 2012:
The Lotus Sutra has the drama
of fighting for justice against evil. It has a warmth that comforts the weary. It has a vibrant, pulsing courage that…
See More drives away fear. It has a chorus of joy at attaining absolute freedom throughout past, present and future. It has
the soaring flight of liberty. It has brilliant light, flowers, greenery, music, paintings, vivid stories. It offers unsurpassed
lessons on psychology, the workings of the human heart; lessons on life; lessons on happiness; and lessons on peace. It maps
out the basic rules for good health. It awakens us to the universal truth that a change in one's heart can transform everything.
Wisdom for Modern Life by Daisaku Ikeda
Tuesday, May 15, 2012:
When water is clear, the moon is reflected. When
the wind blows, the trees shake. Our minds are like the water. Faith that is weak is like muddy… See More water, while
faith that is brave is like clear water. Understand that the trees are like principles, and the wind that shakes them is like
the recitation of the sutra. -Nichiren
A peaceful life does not mean a life free of toil
and suffering, rather it means living without being swayed no matter what happens. This is a state of true peace and happiness.
The truth is that devoting ourselves to others' happiness is actually a necessary condition for becoming genuinely happy
The more happiness we bring to others, the happier we ourselves become.
is no need for you to be impatient. If you can achieve something very easily right from the start, you will find no sense
of fulfillment or joy. It is in making tenacious, all-out efforts for construction that profound happiness lies."
"Ultimately, we are responsible for our own destiny. It may seem to us that our fate is predetermined, whether by our
genes or by our environment. What really matters, however, is how we can improve ourselves from this moment forward, how we
can change the circumstances that we find ourselves in."
"Each time you fall down, just get back
If you can pick yourself up, you can also move forward."
"The question of how to live one's
life and find one's true life purpose can only be solved by making consistent effort to help others win over the miseries
that afflict them. This is the way of the bodhisattva--to exert oneself for the sake of others while striving for one's own
"When you clearly envision the outcome of victory, engrave it upon your heart, and
are firmly convinced that you will attain it, your brain makes every effort to realize the mental image you have created.
And then, through your unceasing efforts, that victory is finally made a reality."
"I hope that you will
always speak the truth boldly, saying what needs to be said no matter whom you're addressing. When it comes to championing
a just cause, you must never be cowardly, never fawn, never try to curry favor."
All by Daisaku Ikeda
A person fully awakened to the jewel-like dignity of their own life is capable of truly respecting that same treasure in
Buddhism teaches that nothing happens by chance. Everything has meaning. Please be convinced that
your inner life is already endowed with everything you need. No matter how difficult your situation may be, you are alive
now, and there is no treasure more precious than life itself.
Life, in all its forms, possesses a fundamental
desire to create value. Value is a relative notion, and in this world that is a tapestry of relationships, life is always
seeking to create ever better relationships, that is, ever greater value. Life tries to weave a more beautiful tapestry (the
value of beauty), a more useful tapestry (the value of benefit), a better tapestry (the value of good). All life, whatever
its present form, is seeking to transcend its present state in pursuit of perfection.
Life's natural tendency
is toward the flowering of potential, toward limitless advance. And faith is the key that enables us to open up the full realm
of possibilities within our lives.
Human life possesses a potential deeper than the great wide ocean and vaster
than the sky. We may tend to give up and resign ourselves to present circumstances, thinking "There is no way."
But by breaking down these barriers in our minds, we can enjoy vibrant lives, filled with powerful life force like the sun.
Life is filled with potential that is truly unfathomable. At last we are coming to see the enormous power it possesses.
That is why we must never write anyone off. In particular, we mustn't put boundaries on our own potential. In most cases,
our so-called limitations are nothing more than our own decision to limit ourselves.
Each of us must seek
to discover the particular theme or motif that will characterize our life. An attitude of intense, undaunted seriousness toward
each fleeting moment can open up a whole new life for us.
The full realization of one's inner potential can
be achieved only through interaction with the world of everyday reality.
"What kind of future do I envision
for myself? What kind of self am I trying to develop? What do I want to accomplish in my life?" The thing is to paint
this vision of your life in your heart as specifically as possible. That "painting" itself becomes the design of
your future. The power of the heart enables us to actually create with our lives a wonderful masterpiece in accordance with
One thing is certain: That is that the power of belief, the power of thought, will move reality
in the direction of what we believe and conceive of it. If you really believe you can do something, you can. That is a fact.
When you clearly envision the outcome of victory, engrave it upon your heart, and are firmly convinced that you will attain
it, your brain makes every effort to realize the mental image you have created. And then, through your unceasing efforts,
that victory is finally made a reality.
Everything depends on what is in our hearts. If we decide to ourselves
that something is impossible, then, consistent with our minds in thinking so, even something that is possible for us will
become impossible. On the other hand, if we have the confidence that we can definitely do something, then we are already one
step closer to achieving it in reality.
One of the fascinating things about human beings is this: Believe
for long enough that you are not as smart as others and this will actually lead to intellectual ineptitude. But, confronted
with the same doubts, if you choose to believe that your mind is merely dormant for now, lacking in exercise, once you begin
to train it, there are no bounds to what you can achieve.
"The heart is what is important." There
is nothing more vulnerable, nothing more corruptible than the human mind; nor is there anything as powerful, steadfast and
Ultimately, the only way to make good
friends is to become a good friend yourself. Good people gather around other good people.
Our human relationships
are like a mirror. So if you’re thinking to yourself, "If only so-and-so were a little nicer to me, I could talk
to them about anything," then that person is probably thinking, "If only such-and-such would open up to me, I would
be nicer to them." Therefore, you should make the first move to open the channels of communication.
If a person has just one good friend, their happiness is doubled and their life immeasurably enriched. This is genuine wealth.
Friendship depends on you, not on the other person.What matters is what you put into a friendship, not what you get out
Rather than seeking to better themselves, jealous people focus their energies on dragging others down.
Actions rooted in jealousy will only cause suffering and will not create any value or benefit for anyone. We are only able
to develop our own good qualities to the extent that we can respect what is admirable in others.
When we have
a genuine sense that, no matter how difficult our present circumstances, we are not alone--that we are vitally connected with
others and with the world--we will, without fail, rise up to the challenge of living again.
To the extent
that we contemplate ourselves and elevate our state of life, we can deepen our understanding of others. Someone who does so
is capable of recognizing and treasuring people's individuality. A person of wisdom tries to invigorate others and bring out
the best in them.
Words spoken from the heart and filled with a powerful wish for someone's happiness can
deeply touch that person's life and revive his or her spirit, becoming a source of lifelong inspiration.
words do not touch other people's lives. It is necessary to pour one's entire being into our words in order to wholeheartedly
In order to overcome our prejudices, we must constantly strive to develop the habit of looking
at ourselves from the point of view of others. Realizing that all people have both good points and bad, in the end the important
thing is to strive to combat our own inner obstinacy and narrow-mindedness.
Friendly greetings serve as an
opening to heart-to-heart exchange from which we can set out onto the great ocean of friendship.
are sincere in your consideration for others, in even the most trifling matters, you can bring about a complete change in
the world around you.
One who treats others with contempt will eventually find himself shunned and disliked
by those around him. Anyone who becomes ensnared in selfishness will discover that in the end he is the one who suffers. On
the other hand, a person who shows respect for others will not only come to be respected himself, but will also help spread
an attitude of respect for others throughout society.
No matter how strong the hostility another person may
feel toward you, if you approach them in an attitude of sincerity and truth, they will invariably abandon their ill will and
respond with friendliness. A sense of sincerity is the one thing that somehow, in a very subtle way, gets across to others.
Human beings perhaps possess some deep inner power that allows them to sense sincerity instinctively. Whatever the case, the
degree to which they can do so is almost frightening.
To the extent that we love others, we will be loved.
To the extent that we work for others' happiness, we will enjoy protection and support. This is the law of cause and effect.
To encourage another is an intense task of inspiration, of rekindling their life energy and calling forth their indomitable
spirit. Underlying this must be an earnest wish for their happiness.
The bamboo groves of autumn are beautiful.
Each bamboo tree stands independently, growing straight and tall toward the sky. Yet in the ground, out of sight, their roots
are interconnected. In the same way, true friendship is an enduring bond that connects self-reliant individuals.
Generosity of spirit to respect those whose character and personality are different from yours is the very foundation of
Buddhism teaches that powerful opponents can actually be our greatest allies, because they enable
us to forge strength of character and develop fortitude.
I believe friendship is the most genuinely humane
relationship of which we are capable. To be understood and appreciated for oneself is a vital experience in life.
It is this time and this place that matter--not some other time or place. What matters is here and now--the people here
It is important to keep the promises made to friends. This is the true meaning of friendship. To
become people who can do so, however, we must first learn to keep the promises we have made to ourselves.
you remain sincere in your interactions with others, you will naturally come to find yourself surrounded by good friends.
Friendship is the most beautiful, most powerful and most valuable treasure in life. It is your true wealth. No matter how
much status people may gain or how rich they may become, a life without friends leads to an unbalanced, self-centered existence.
There is no true joy in a life lived closed up in the little shell of the self. When you take one step to reach out to people,
when you meet with others and share their thoughts and sufferings, infinite compassion and wisdom well up within your heart.
Your life is transformed.
Friendship is tested and proven in adversity. Perhaps only those who have suffered
truly demoralizing blows can fully appreciate the beauty of friendship.
Just as a spring breeze awakens tender
new shoots of green, sincere encouragement can thaw a frozen heart and instill courage. It is the most powerful means to rejuvenate
the human spirit.
"Thank you" is a miraculous expression. We feel good when we say it, and we feel
good when we hear it. When we speak or hear the words thank you, the armor falls from our hearts and we communicate on the
Friendship is not a matter of the amount of time you spend with someone. Rather, it is a measure
of the strength and depth of the spiritual resonance that arises between you.
In Japan, the mountain potatoes
known as taros are rough and dirty when harvested, but when they are placed in a basin of running water together and rolled
against each other, the skin peels away, leaving the potatoes shining clean and ready for cooking. Similarly, the only way
for us to hone and polish our character is through our interactions with others.
Genuine sincerity opens people's
hearts, while manipulation causes them to close.
A Buddhist scripture states that "the voice does
the Buddha's work." The voice has the power to convey one's compassion for another. No matter how much you care, the
sentiment alone will not communicate itself. When your feelings are conveyed in words, your voice will have the immense power
to move another person's heart.
The heart of one person moves another's. ... If one's own heart is closed,
then the doors of other people's hearts will also shut tight. On the other hand, someone who makes all those around him or
her into allies, bathing them in the sunlight of spring, will be treasured by all.
It is much more valuable
to look for the strengths in others-you gain nothing by criticizing people's imperfections.
with, to feel pity for, another falls short of genuine compassion. Understanding is key. People manage to draw the strength
to carry on simply knowing that there is someone out there that understands them unconditionally.
judge the quality of another's friendship by superficial appearances, especially when things are going smoothly. It is only
when we have experienced the worst, most crushing of times-when we have plumbed the depths of life-that we can experience
the joys of genuine friendship. Only a man of principle, a woman of resolve-a person who stays true to their chosen path-can
be a trusted and true friend, and have real friends in turn.
People who come to your aid in a time of personal
crisis are people of genuine compassion and courage. More often than not, people will try to act as though nothing is wrong.
Others are either afraid or refuse to get involved, and quietly drift away.
Our voice resonates with life.
Because this is so, it can touch the lives of others. The caring and compassion imbued in your voice finds passage to the
listener's soul, striking his or her heart and causing it to sing out; the human voice summons something profound from deep
within, and can even compel a person into action.
Friday, March 9th, 2012
---- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT ----
"When all of the functions of the Ten Worlds within our lives are enveloped in the light of the wisdom and compassion
of the world of Buddhahood, we can give expression to the power of supreme goodness and create enduring value. It also means
that each unique individual comes to shine as an entity of the Mystic Law and manifest their inherently dignified nature.
The Gohonzon enables us to build what Mr. Toda described as 'a joyful, pure, and sunny realm of friends living together in
harmony and peace.'
"In such a realm, everyone—irrespective of their circumstances or whether they
are still in the process of transforming their karma—shines with the 'dignified attributes that they inherently possess.'
Those in the world of Hell, for instance, manifest the world of Hell contained within the world of Buddhahood, and though
there may still be suffering, it is not the hopeless suffering of wandering lost in eternal darkness. They can bring forth
the courage to face difficult realities head-on, the wisdom to surmount the obstacles and barriers arising from within and
from without, and the powerful life-force to make new strides forward. Sufferings become challenges that aid one’s personal
transformation and growth, a springboard to great development.
"Illuminated by the light of the five characters
of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, the noble state of life that is one with the Mystic Law functions vibrantly even in the world of Hell.
The meaning of the sufferings of hell is thereby turned around completely."
SGI Newsletter No. 8466, Learning
from the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin: The Teachings for Victory,  “The Real Aspect of the Gohonzon”, Tapping
the Infinite Benefit of the Gohonzon through Faith, from the December 2011 issue of Daibyakurenge, translated March 6th, 2012
Encouragement by Daisaku Ikeda
Saturday, May 19, 2012:
From the standpoint of the eternity of our lives,
because we embrace the Mystic Law everything is moving in a positive direction, everything contributes to our happiness and
our attainment of Buddhahood.
We need to have confidence in the Mystic Law; we mustn't be swayed by immediate circumstances
or allow them to cloud our faith....
[T'ien-t'ai writes:] "As practice progresses and
understanding grows, the three obstacles and four devils emerge in confusing form, vying with one another to interfere. .
One should be neither influenced nor frightened by them. If one falls under their influence, one will be led into
the paths of evil. If one is frightened by them, one will be prevented from practicing the correct teaching."
statement not only applies to me, but also is a guide for my followers.
Reverently make this teaching your own, and transmit
it as an axiom of faith for future generations.
GOSHO (The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 501)
to the Brothers
Written to Ikegami Munenaka and Ikegami Munenaga on April 16, 1275