Ailleurs

Courage

Who needs Courage? how do we get it?

 From January   World Tribune - USA 2012
Courage Is a Powerful Force for Victory
We need courage to become happy, to triumph over life’s trials.
SGI President Ikeda sent the following message to the 55th Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting, held on Jan. 7 at the Toda Memorial Auditorium in Tokyo. SGI representatives from 18 countries and territories attended the gathering. This message originally appeared in the Jan. 8 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, the Soka Gakkai’s daily newspaper.
Solidly united together in 192 countries and territories around the world, we, the members of the SGI family, have set forth into the new year, brimming with bright hope and vibrant energy.
I thank you all for gathering for this meeting today, and look forward to your wonderful endeavors for kosen-rufu again in 2012.
I would also like to thank the visiting SGI leaders who have traveled to Japan at the start of the year and in the coldest season. I am particularly grateful for the attendance of the representatives from Thailand, who have been struggling to cope with damage caused by the severe flooding that affected large areas of the country toward the end of last year. Please welcome them all with a warm round of applause.
Our admirable members in Japan’s Tohoku region, which was struck by a devastating earthquake and tsunami last year, are also striving valiantly amid the harsh northern winter.
The eminent Tohoku-born educator and diplomat Inazo Nitobe (1862–1933), a friend of Soka Gakkai founding president Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, declared: “One should greet the new year with fresh courage and determination.”
Nichiren Buddhism is a great philosophy of hope that empowers us to forge ahead in our lives bravely and vigorously with fresh courage and determination, always focused on the present and the future, moving forward from this day on.
Earlier this week (on Jan. 2), I composed a poem for all of you titled “Hope Is Life’s Treasure”; today, I wish to impart the message, “Courage is a powerful force for victory.”
We need courage to become happy, to triumph over life’s trials, to help others, and to take action for peace and justice.
As a wise saying goes, “In valor there is hope.” To strive with the resolve that the greater the difficulties we face, the more we will challenge and surmount them with indefatigable courage, and to set an example that can bring infinite hope and inspiration for those who will follow in our footsteps—this is the epitome of a life dedicated to a noble mission.
Courage is also the heart of Nichiren Buddhism. Nichiren Daishonin clearly states, “Nichiren’s disciples cannot accomplish anything if they are cowardly” ( The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, p. 481). And in the very midst of the harrowing and life-threatening ordeal of exile on Sado Island, the Daishonin writes, “Those with the heart of a lion king are sure to attain Buddhahood” (WND-1, 302).
“The heart of a lion king” means remaining fearless even when numberless ranks of formidable enemies are arrayed against us. It means refusing to be defeated by mountains of difficulties. Such unequaled and incomparable courage is “the heart of a lion king.” Those who summon forth this courage when adversity strikes and wage an all-out struggle with the same spirit as their mentor are certain to attain enlightenment. Courage is essential to break through our own fundamental darkness and draw forth the lifestate of Buddhahood within ourselves and others.
Mark Twain (1835–1910), the author of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, which the young women’s division’s Kayo-kai members studied with second Soka Gakkai president Josei Toda in the 1950s, observed: “[People] don’t know their own possibilities . . . , while all the time within them is the driving power of the universe.”
Courage is the key that unlocks the power, as vast as the universe, that exists within us. And courageous faith is the highest form of courage.
Mr. Toda declared: “Faith, in short, is being determined to win, come what may.” Our global SGI network for peace, culture and education, which today shines as a pillar of humanity, was built through the valiant efforts of our members—ordinary, unheralded individuals—who rose up to champion the cause of kosen-rufu with courageous faith, undeterred by insults, oppression and malicious schemes.
In a letter of encouragement to a sincere female disciple, the lay nun Sennichi, the Daishonin writes: “When the lion king . . . roars, the hundred cubs will then feel emboldened, and the heads of those other beasts and birds of prey will be split into seven pieces” (WND-1, 949).
Similarly, when the lion king, who is the mentor, roars—that is, makes an impassioned call for kosen-rufu—the lions, who are genuine disciples, respond by taking action to widely propagate the Mystic Law, basing their efforts on courageously chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo for the happiness of themselves and others. They also apply themselves to combating error and corruption and to helping many others embrace the correct teaching of Nichiren Buddhism, thereby expanding the network of invincible champions in faith. This is the great path to eternal victory and prosperity based on the Soka spirit of mentor and disciple.
Let’s remember to “be bold and take a brave step,” as the bright Soka Gakkai Future Division song urges. [The song, titled “Take a Brave Step,” was sung earlier in the meeting by the Future Division’s Fuji Junior High School Student Chorus.]
The world is now eagerly awaiting the emergence of talented and capable Soka youth who can break through impasses and pave a way forward.
Congratulations to all the youth throughout Japan who will celebrate Coming-of-age Day on Monday. [Japan’s annual Coming-of-age Day fell on Monday, Jan. 9, this year. The official age of adulthood in Japan is 20.]
Members of the youth division, youthful Bodhisattvas of the Earth! Members of the student division, seekers of universal wisdom! And members of the men’s division and women’s division, my lifelong comrades in faith, who burn with an eternally youthful spirit! Let’s be victorious in all our endeavors in the coming year by uniting together strongly in the spirit of “many in body, one in mind,” and lead positive, enjoyable lives.
In closing, I present you with this poem: The great lion path of mentor and disciple, overflowing with courage and hope. Let’s strive together in high spirits
and win through all!
—Praying for your success and happiness.

What courage act will you take this year?

Can you make the difference with an act of courage?

Will you help someone else be courageous?

Can you build courage through doing Shakubuku?
 Taking the opportunity to resend some classic & favorite guidance & daily quotes.
Thanks.

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"Don’t hesitate 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, [4] 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
Gosho
"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."
(The 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.
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3/6/12
--TO MY FRIENDS--
Transform your karma into your mission
and adversities into fuel for taking a
flying leap forward in life.
Remember, Buddhism elucidates the
principle of "changing poison into medicine."
Let's write a drama about a winning life
with prayer 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.
Buddhist Encouragement
☀  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 Ikeda

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:
Nam-myoho-renge-kyo 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.
""Power" 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 week oxoxo
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 Ikeda
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 Ikeda
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 Ikeda
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.
"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 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 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
"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." - Daisaku Ikeda
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 ourselves.

The more happiness we bring to others, the happier we ourselves become.

 
There 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 up.
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 self-realization."
"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 others.

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 that design.

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 ennobling.
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HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS

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 of it.

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.

Superficial words do not touch other people's lives. It is necessary to pour one's entire being into our words in order to wholeheartedly encourage others.

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.

When you 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 friendship.

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 and now.

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.

If 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 deepest level.

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.

To commiserate 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.

You cannot 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.'[1]
"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, [35] “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
Daily 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....
Gosho Quote
[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."
This 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)
Letter to the Brothers
Written to Ikegami Munenaka and Ikegami Munenaga on April 16, 1275