Without challenge there will be no youth. The dynamism of youth pulsates in the spirit of continuous challenge.
“I can declare with confidence that each of you who bravely exerts yourself in doing Gakkai activities and taking leadership for kosen-rufu, camly overcoming every obstacle along the way, will enjoy immeasurable benefit. I can state with certitude too that each of you is in perfect accord with the Daishonin’s spirit. Your efforts win his unrestrained applause and approval.”
1987: Calabasas, Calif., campus of Soka University of America, founded by SGI President Ikeda, opens.
The greater the hardship befalling him, the greater the delight he feels, because of his strong faith.
(A Ship to Cross the Sea of Suffering. WND pg 33)
Nichiren Daishonin wrote this letter at Kamakura in the first year of Kōchō (1261), about two weeks before he was exiled to Itō in Izu. Virtually nothing is known about the recipient, Shiiji Shirō, other than that he lived in the province of Suruga and was acquainted with two of the Daishonin’s leading disciples, Shijō Kingo and Toki Jōnin.
The title of this letter is drawn from a passage in the “Medicine King” chapter of the Lotus Sutra that speaks of “a ship in which to cross the water.” In this letter, the Daishonin teaches that the daimoku of the Lotus Sutra is the “ship” that can unfailingly transport one across the sea of life’s inevitable sufferings to the distant shore of enlightenment.
KEEP your daily faith fresh and abreast of the times. This is faith, and the road to vital progress. A tired life-condition means you are defeated.
THE Lotus Sutra teaches the principle of ichinen sanzen. The power of the macrocosm of existence is encompassed in the Mystic Law. That is why there is no difficulty that we cannot overcome, no fate that we cannot transform through the power of the mind of faith. An organisation, too, is basically a reflection of the mind of the people at its core.
STEADY efforts are important. Through our own persistent efforts in our practice of faith, we can create an indomitable condition of eternal happiness in our lives. Advancing a little further and accumulating a little more benefit day by day is the key to finding unshakeable happiness. This principle holds true in other fields of human endeavour as well.
FAITH enables us to secure ultimate victory. It enables us to live out our lives with vigour and joy and to strive to improve ourselves and become the very best people we can be. Moreover, faith enables us to walk through life with complete assurance and confidence, unafraid of anything.
“COME, let us take action!” “Let us work for kosen-rufu!” “Let us expand our SGI network!” Joy resides in such a bright, positive spirit. Those who strive gladly for kosen-rufu and for the welfare of their friends savour true happiness.