THE “Buddha land” exists nowhere but where you are right now. It is to be found in one’s enduring practice, based on faith, to spread the true teachings of Buddhism no matter what might happen. It is within one’s ichinen to challenge and overcome suffering.
THE heart of a person who adamantly adheres to his path in life is always as clear as a blue sky, even in the worse circumstances. Fame or success that is easily attained is as ephemeral as the light of a firefly. Such fame or success, because it lacks a foundation built with tenacious efforts, will not grace a person with the golden light of humanity.
ONE cannot become a starring player in life if one is easily swayed by one’s emotions over every little thing. Strength of character lies in performing the drama of life with courage and confidence, practising self-reflection and self-control under any circumstances.
THE first step in any job is to be personally committed to making the company or organisation a success through your own efforts. You can never be happy if you take a passive role. The joy of work and the ambition to succeed are born from a positive spirit, from taking an active role.
IF a person is defeated in the end, then no matter how successful he may have appeared along the way, his life will ultimately have been a failure. Victory in Buddhism equals eternal happiness. This is a crucial point. The victory we achieve through faith is valid not just for this existence but it endures forever throughout past, present and future.
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June 1, 2015
–WORDS OF THE WEEK–
Let’s all extend our appreciation
and wholehearted support for the
world’s foremost women’s division
The shining smiles at these gatherings
will generate flower garlands of
happiness and hope.
Hurrah to our suns of peace!
Translation of “Words of the Week” published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda’s recent guidance, with universal value and application.