May 25, 2015 –WORDS OF THE WEEK–

25th May
CORRECTLY discerning what is true and what is false requires strong powers of intelligence. If one lacks intellectual power, one will be unable to see through a lie; he will make mistakes and be misled.

JUST as all things on Earth are illuminated when the sun comes out, those who embrace faith in the Mystic Law are able to wisely discern the truth of events and happenings in society. They are able to manifest actual proof of validity of their faith in their daily lives and in society.

THOSE who have really struggled possess the “flavour” of profound character and humanity. There are those who give up when things are tough and consequently fall into despair. This is comparable to how you will determine your health if you eat too much at a time when your power to digest and assimilate food is weak. Therefore, having a strong life force is important. When our life is strong, we can turn all of our toils into a source of spiritual nourishment.

SOME of you may have family members or relatives who do not understand your faith but there is no need to be anxious about this. This is where your human revolution starts. All you have to do is show, by your example, steadily, little by little, how wonderful Buddhism is.

GONGYO is the basis and foundation of the practice of faith. If one who has practised gongyo regularly up till now should stop doing it, it is – to give a readily understandable example – like switching off an electric current. Even though one has the Gohonzon, which is absolute, without the practice of gongyo, he can gain no benefit.

NOTE: Visit for Nichiren Daishonin’s gosho, The Opening of the Eyes.

May 25, 2015

Friendship is cultivated
through courage.
Let’s reach out and help our
friends realize they are
Bodhisattvas of the Earth,
then together advance along
the great path of happiness.

Translation of “Words of the Week” published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda’s recent guidance, with universal value and application.

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