LEARNING from the WRITINGSThe HOPE-FILLEDTEACHINGS ofNICHIREN DAISHONINSGI PRESIDENT IKEDA’S LECTURE SERIES“The Strategy of the Lotus Sutra”
President Ikeda Quotes his Mentor “When you are young, it is very important to believe in yourself.” “It is essential for young people to have something they can truly believe in. They need to trust their own hearts.” -- Josei Toda
Prudence, Courage and Firm Faith • Kingo’s efforts to urge Lord Ema to embrace faith in the Lotus Sutra resulted in Kingo falling out of favor with his lord and being persecuted and threatened by his peers.
Prudence, Courage and Firm Faith • Nichiren says Kingo’s survival was due to his prudence, courage and steadfast faith in the Mystic Law. • Faith is a struggle between the Buddha and devilish functions. It’s crucial to have strong faith and keep working at strengthening it without cease.
Faith that Activatesthe Heavenly Deities • We are responsible for improving our good fortune and increasing our karmic rewards. • The workings of the heavenly deities: When we chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, we reveal our innate Buddha nature and in turn activate the Buddha nature in all life, which then functions to protect us.
The Mystic Law is the Source of All Wisdom • The purification of the six senses means that through the power of the Mystic Law, we can overcome all hindrances and create the greatest possible value. • Belief in the Mystic Law brings true wisdom regarding all affairs of society. • Faith should spur us to do our very best, to apply ourselves with wisdom, dedication and energy.
The Essence of Buddhism:The Heart is Most Important • Happiness is not determined by external conditions; it comes down to one’s heart or mind. • A deluded mind is trapped in a descending cycle of negativity and misery while an enlightened mind carves out a path of optimism and hope.
The Essence of Buddhism:The Heart is Most important • The potential for ignorance and enlightenment exists within us. • A mind free of the fetters of ignorance is filled with the Buddha wisdom that enables one to rise above and overcome all ills and misfortunes.
Sharing the Same Commitment as the Mentor • When we single-mindedly chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo with faith in the Gohonzon, it is like facing a mirror and seeing our towering life-state of Buddhahood clearly reflected back at us.
Sharing the Same Commitment as the Mentor • “It is the heart that is important” means having: the heart of faith to actively propagate the Mystic Law; • the heart of a disciple to actively support the mentor; • and the heart of a lion to actively speak out for truth and justice.
The Strategy of the Lotus Sutra:Faith that Brings Absolute Victory • The “strategy of the Lotus Sutra” refers to faith in the Gohonzon. • Basing ourselves on the Gohonzon, we can overcome all that hinders us on the path to attaining Buddhahood.
The Strategy of the Lotus Sutra:Faith that Brings Absolute Victory • Cowardice prevents us from seeing the truth and can cause minor hardships to seem like huge, immovable obstacles. • Courage indicates the most robust, healthy spirit deriving from our inherent Buddha nature, which allows us to vanquish our fundamental darkness.
President Ikeda Calls Out Just as Mr. Toda called out 55 years ago, I call out to all the youth who are my true successors: “My young friends, how will you accomplish kosen-rufu? What are the challenges that lie before you? Where and how will you fight and win?” -- Daisaku Ikeda