Collection of Senior Leader Guidances –

 

juzu-beads

Special Note:

Attached is a simple slideshow on how to practice Nichiren Buddhism to become absolutely happy which I find to be quite meaningful for some readers.

As we come to deepen our faith and getting  are the notes I have taken down  from Seniors SGI Leaders in faith from ALL OVER THE WORLD, about some of the essentials of this practice:

Shakyamuni and Daishonin says one thing is constant: Nam Myoho Renge Kyo

Nam Myoho Renge Kyo is the rhythm/vibration of the Universe

The following are timeless guidances that I hope you too can benefit from reading; so that you can follow and practice this Buddhism correctly. Enjoy!

Continue reading “Collection of Senior Leader Guidances –”

Advertisements

Daily Practice – Daimoku & Gongyo

morning-and-evening-gongyo-book

Special Note:

Attached is how to chant Daimoku and the practice of Gongyo.

 

Gongyo

[勤行] ( Jpn)Literally, to “exert [oneself in] practice.” Generally speaking, gongyo refers to the practice of reciting Buddhist sutras in front of an object of devotion. The content and method of gongyo dif-fer according to the school of Buddhism. In Nichiren’s (1222-1282) teaching, gongyo means to chant the daimoku of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and recite portions of the “Expedient Means” (second) chapter and the “Life Span” (sixteenth) chapter of the Lotus Sutra with faith in the object of devotion called the Gohonzon. In The Recitation of the “Expedient Means” and “Life Span” Chapters, Nichiren states: “Though no chapter of the Lotus Sutra is negligible, among the entire twenty-eight chapters, the ‘Expedient Means’ chapter and the ‘Life Span’ chapter are particularly outstanding. The remaining chapters are all in a sense the branches and leaves of these two chapters…. If you recite the ‘Life Span’ and ‘Expedient Means’ chapters, then the remaining chapters will naturally be included even though you do not recite them” (71). In the gongyo of Nichiren’s practice, chanting the daimoku constitutes the fundamental practice, and therefore it is called the primary practice. Recitation of the “Expedient Means” and “Life Span” chapters helps bring forth the benefits of the primary practice and is hence called the supporting practice.

—- http://www.sgilibrary.org/search_dict.php?id=899

The practice of Daimoku and Gongyo are the two basics foundations of this Buddhism, and by devoting ourselves to this every morning and evening, chanting in front of the Gohonzon (Object of Devotion), we can bring out our highest potential each day to create a better life for ourselves and others.

Once again, I hope you find this article to be helpful to  your journey of physical, mental, and spiritual growth.

Nam Myoho Renge Kyo

 

 

Daimoku for Compassionate Society (Kosen-Rufu/Shakubuku)-

changekarma

Special Note:

Attached is a binder compiled by SGI South Africa members, cthat not only introduced SGI, but also details some testimonials on their personal achievement and transformation.

In the beginning of this practice, most people would find Kosen-Rufu to be quite a foreign concept. Based on the SGI website:

The phrase “Kosen-rufu” refers to the broad acceptance of the principles of Buddhism around the world, and it is often taken to signify world peace.

Simply put, kosen-rufu is the movement to communicate the ultimate way to happiness and the highest principle of peace to people of all classes and nations through the correct philosophy and teaching of Nichiren Daishonin. 

— http://www.sgi.org/about-us/president-ikedas-writings/kosen-rufu.html

Actually, Kosen-Rufu in daily lives, simply means the achievement of happiness for oneself and others. Through the wide proclamation of the Mystic Law

In practical sense, it means to chant/encourage others who are suffering, and guide them towards SGI meetings and activities. 

As expounded in the Lotus Sutra:  “After I [Shakyamuni Buddha] have passed into extinction, in the last five-hundred-year period you must spread it abroad widely (kosen-rufu) throughout Jambudvipa and never allow it to be cut off.”

The point of Kosen-Rufu is to establish a compassionate society, where each individual looks after one another’s best interest, ensuring one another’s happiness.

Where correct teachings are established, peace prevails. 

In the Deepest philosophical sense, through chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo and by teaching others about Nichiren Buddhism, we as disciples are going through the motions of practice and study, to achieve what Toda Sensei callsHuman Revolution.”

Through the deep transformation of our inner self (such as our temperaments, character,consciousness, etc), we influence a change in the other person and in turn, creates a change in society.

The End Result is to achieve World Peace and the absolute Happiness of All Living Beings.

Truthfully it can be a long process. Depending on the depth of one’s karma (thoughts, words, and action)But through the belief in a correct teaching, and by chanting abundant daimoku, we can bring forth such an inner transformation and create such a World for ourselves, and others.

As advice by my seniors in faith, we can transform our karma and that of others through the following ways:

  1. Chant ABUNDANT daimoku for other people’s suffering
  2. Reach out to the ones who are truly suffering and tell them about the Law
  3. Plant, nurture, and harvest the Nam Myoho Renge Kyo seed: Get them to chant, receive the Gohonzon, come to meetings, etc).

The other very important means to transform our Karma and achieve Kosen-Rufu is through an action called Shakubuku.

Shakubuku is a practice for others, a concrete exercise of compassion and belief in their Buddha nature. It is an act of the highest respect for others and one that requires courage—to speak in-depth about the teachings of Buddhism. Practicing solely for oneself might seem an easier option, but this is not the real road to enlightenment.

— http://www.sgi.org/about-us/buddhism-in-daily-life/shakubuku-reveal-true-potential.html

Out of Daishonin’s compassion and conviction that misguided philosophies which encouraged passivity and a sense of human powerlessness were the primary cause of suffering and social discord.

Therefore,it is essential to rebuttal the teachings regarded as heretical or preliminary.

One Senior in Faith told me that it is essential to shakubuku others, proclaiming that such an act is to Stop Evil and Bring Goodness. Therefore, sharing of our philosophy is very important.

And to end; I hope to inspire you with this quote and that you too can effectively share this Buddhism with others:

The wish to share the truth with others, to share the means for achieving happiness with others, is the hallmark of philosophy, of education, of culture, and of Buddhism.

Kosen-rufu means sharing with our fellow human beings through heart-to-heart dialogue and friendship, striving together with them to find the way to become better and happier people. That alliance of individuals working for the happiness of all constitutes kosen-rufu.

— SGI President Daisaku Ikeda

Nam Myoho Renge Kyo

Overcoming Karma – Finance, Relationships, Sickness


whatgoesaroundcomesaround

Special Note:

Attached is a copy of most amazing testimonials book compiled by Mr. Henry Leong Him Woh, a member of SGI Singapore. Free for your download. Within it contains some old testimonials when Soka Gakkai and Nichiren Shoshu is still intact. We are seeking to compiled a new version with most current/updated testimonials for incoming Soka Gakkai Members.

Hope this binder and the ones to come and inspire you to overcome your difficulties and problems in life.

Continue reading “Overcoming Karma – Finance, Relationships, Sickness”

Guidances on Daimoku and SGI Organization

threepresidents

 

Below are some of the quotes of encouragement and guidance on faith, from the following you will find Ikeda Sensei quoting from various authors from different backgrounds and disciplines, I hope you enjoy them as much as I did:

Shin’ichi Yamamoto (Ikeda’s Pen name) came to submit his resume to President Toda; while waiting, he listened while President Toda tells a suffering man seeking guidance on how to solve a seemingly insoluble problem.

“Stand up with faith. You should lead a powerful life. There will be a solution beyond your wildest imagination. Chant until you see a clear result. You can change anything for the better. It will be just like changing poison into medicine.”

—- Human Revolution, vol. 3, Fruition Chapter, late autumn, 1948

“One’s voice when chanting the daimoku penetrates all of the lands in the ten directions. Although our voice may be small, when we put it into the great sound of the daimoku, there is no place in the major world system that it does not reach.” 

—- Nichiren Daishonin (Gosho Zenshu, p 808) (Seikyo Times, 12/1995, p. 25)

“Prayer is the basis of faith and the foundation of Buddhism. One’s life-condition is not determined by appearances or position. What are we praying for? How are we praying? A person’s state of life is expressed in his or her prayer. Therefore, I would like you to become people who pray with a broad and deep resolve. To pray to accomplish kosen-rufu, to chant seriously for everyone’s happiness—such prayer encompasses one’s own happiness. Those who pray in this way will amass tremendous good fortune. A bodhisattva vows to save others before seeking to save himself. Foremost are prayers and action to save others from suffering. This is the practice of a bodhisattva. I always pray earnestly for the good health and happiness of all of the members around the world. Then, firmly determined to make this come true, I devote myself unstintingly to encourage them.

—- (President Ikeda, Conversation with Youth #9, Nov. 1994, Seikyo Times, p.53)

As you crave food when hungry, seek water when thirsty, long to see a lover, beg for medicine when ill, or as a beautiful woman desires powder and rouge, so should you put your faith in the Lotus Sutra. If you do not, you will regret it later.

—- Nichiren Daishonin (WND-1, 965; Persecution by Sword and Staff)

Now, if you wish to attain Buddhahood, you have only to lower the banners of your arrogance, cast aside the staff of your anger, and devote yourself exclusively to the one vehicle of the Lotus Sutra. Worldly fame and profit are mere baubles of your present existence, and arrogance and prejudice are ties that will fetter you in a future one. Ah, you should be ashamed of them! And you should fear them, too!

—- Nichiren Daishonin (WND-1, 58,59; Questions and Answers on Embracing the Lotus Sutra)

Lack of faith is the basic failing that causes a person to fall into hell.”

—- Nichiren Daishonin (WND-1, 60; Questions and Answers on Embracing the Lotus Sutra)

“Single-mindedly chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and urge others to do the same; that will remain as the only memory of your present life in this human world. Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.”

—- (WND-1, 60; Questions and Answers on Embracing the Lotus Sutra)

What is called faith is nothing unusual. Faith means putting one’s trust in the Lotus Sutra, Shakyamuni, Many Treasures, the Buddhas and bodhisattvas of the ten directions, and the heavenly gods and benevolent deities, and chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo as a woman cherishes her husband, as a man lays down his life for his wife, as parents refuse to abandon their children, or as a child refuses to leave its mother.

— Nichiren Daishonin (WND-1, 1036;The Meaning of Faith)

The prayers of one earnest person are enough to contain, subdue and drive away the devilish functions that run rampant in the land. Putting prayer first is just as important when we wish to change our own karma. We must pray with a determination that shakes the universe; we must pray with all our might. When we follow this fundamental path, our all-out efforts will bear magnificent fruit.

—- (President Ikeda, World Tribune Nov. 7, 1994, p. 5)

(SGI President Ikeda’s speech, April 3, 1998, World Tribune, page 10)

President Toda always said, “If I ask Daisaku then I know I don’t have to worry.” “When Daisaku’s involved, victory is certain.” This oneness of mentor and disciple is the essence of the Soka Gakkai.

Nichiren Daishonin and President Toda are constantly in my thoughts. The Gohonzon, President Toda, and sincerity are my “three treasures.” I have won through sincerity. Striving to lead the most upright life, while enduring the harshest criticism and abuse, I have won as a human being. From the standpoint of Buddhism, from the standpoint of the three existences of past, present, and future, I am confident that I am the greatest victor.

Buddhism is not about leading a self-centered existence. It we do not base lives on the Law, we are not practicing Buddhism. The great German writer Friedrich von Schiller writes, “The brave man thinks upon himself the last.” This is analogous to the spirit of not begrudging one’s life taught in the Lotus Sutra. This means treasuring the Law more highly than one’s life. The Law and kosen-rufu are central. The SGI, therefore, is extremely important. When you have the spirit of “I want to do something for kosen-rufu,” benefit is forthcoming. But if there are those who think, “I’m going to have the SGI do something for me,” they are abusing the world of faith. They are in the life-condition of Hell. This, indeed, was the mind-set of all who betrayed us in the past.

Three eternal principles of the Soka Gakkai (Why we practice and why we strive to help others practice)

1. Faith for a harmonious family

2. Faith to enable each person to become happy

3. Faith to surmount obstacles.

“Our aim is solely for each individual to actualize the three principles Mr. Toda left us, by achieving a harmonious family life, personal happiness and an indomitable self.

I ask all the leaders here today to always bear in mind why we practice the Daishonin’s Buddhism. I call on you to work hard to ensure that everyone receives great benefit through faith, that not a single person falls by the wayside. That is my greatest wish.”

The New Human Revolution, Vol-5 Chap-6 “Lion”

Significance of the SGI Colors (October 3, 1988 World Tribune)

Red — Harmony, victory, the sun

• Yellow — Seeking, glory, and intellect

• Blue — Fortune, peace, and kosen-rufu

The following three traits summarize the character and mentality of the Bodhisattvas of the Earth:

To be rigorously strict toward oneself, like a sharp autumn frost.

• To be warm and embracing towards others, like a soft spring breeze.

• To be uncompromising when confronting evil, like a lion monarch.

(1999 Peace Proposal, Faith Into Action (FIA), p. 92)

•Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2001 23:47:18 -0800

From: “Danny Nagashima” <dnagashima@sgi-usa.org>

SGI General Director Wada attended a Southern California Zone Leaders meeting this evening, held at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. The auditorium was over flowing with more than 1700 excited and happy members. Following the video, Mr. Wada shared final encouragement. He emphasized that religion is for the sake of the people, whereas in the past, people were servants of religion. President Ikeda has mentioned a number of occasions that in the 21st century, education, politics, religion, etc. should serve the people.

Mr. Wada also shared his experience of his days as a youth. He said that in 1955, he received guidance from President Ikeda. At that time, President Ikeda gave him two points:

1. Never leave the organization and

2. Find a great senior in faith.

The Secret to Success

(World Tribune, May 5, 2000, p. 1; part of President Ikeda’s March 24, 2000 speech at the 44th Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting, held at the Tokyo Makiguchi Hall, Hachioji, Japan)

Nothing is as strong or as deep as the prayers of our women’s division members. To pray until victory is achieved, to pray with all one’s might — this is the spirit of the women’s division. The shining crown of victory adorns all who have such faith.

To pray through every problem, to pray fully with all of your being — this is the secret of success. [emphasis added]

On the Path Toward Absolute Happiness (SGI President Ikeda’s guidance at a conference held April 29, 2000 in Tokyo with SGI representatives from around the world; World Tribune, 5-19-2000, p. 1)

Prayer can fundamentally transform your life [The Secret to Human Revolution]

Let me share some words of wisdom from some of the great thinkers of the world that might serve to spur our advance. Thomas Paine, whose work greatly influenced the American Revolution, writes in his famous treatise Common Sense, “It is not in numbers but in unity, that our great strength lies.”

Unity is strength. In the realm of faith, people who cannot join hands and cooperate with others undermine the harmonious unity of the community of believers. This is the most serious of offenses. Consequently, those who cause such disharmony will experience no benefit.

The German poet and dramatist Johann Wolfgang van Goethe writes in Faust, “With little men go little acts, / Among the great a small one grows.” We must take on big challenges. That is why I hope you will not seek to accumulate petty, minor benefit, but great benefit. I hope you will not restrict your focus to this little island-country of Japan, but allow your gaze to encompass the great, wide world.

Mahatma Gandhi says, “Those who will not do it, although they appreciate the truth, will deserve to be called cowards.” We must act on what we know to be right and true. We know the importance of discussion meetings, gongyo and the struggle for kosen-rufu. If we fail to carry them out, we are cowards. Gandhi also says that there is no greater crime than cowardice.

Let me introduce another remark by Thomas Paine. “My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.” Today, the world is our arena — the world is the stage upon which kosen-rufu is unfolding.

Abraham Lincoln says: “Let none falter, who thinks he is right, and we may succeed.” “I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.” We must stick to our ideals to the end. Let us say, for example, that you have a friend who just does not seem willing to accept Buddhism. He attended a discussion meeting with you, but he does not want to practice. That is fine. What matters is that you keep moving forward in your practice, letting nothing set you back.

Then, I always keep a copy of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s collected works close to my desk. Mr. Makiguchi and second Soka Gakkai president Josei Toda were both fond of the American writer. Emerson writes in “Spiritual Laws,” “Never was a sincere word utterly lost.”Sincere words, words filled with conviction — they are the key to victory. We do not need go exaggerate, plot or scheme.

Finally, let me share some more words by Lincoln: “We proposed to give all a chance; and we expected the weak to grow stronger, the ignorant, wiser; and all better, and happier together.” “For all to become happy together!” — let us advance with this spirit.

And let us meet again next month, in victory. I pray for your health and long life and for your success in all endeavors. I am sending you daimoku.

I hope you will pray, too.

Pray that instead of devils or negative, destructive forces infiltrating your being, Brahma (Jpn Bonten), Shakra (Jpn Taishaku), and the gods of the Sun and the Moon — the positive, protective forces of the universe — will enter your life! Pray that they will enter the lives of all members in your region and the entire membership of the SGI, as well. If you do this, your strength will multiply a hundredfold, a thousandfold. With such prayer, you will realize a fundamental transformation in the very depths of your life. This is the secret to achieving your human revolution. [emphasis added]

In one of his commentaries, 26th high priest Nichikan writes that the Daishonin’s life manifests in our lives. [In his “Commentary on ‘The Entity of the Mystic Law,’” Nichikan states, “Through the power of the Mystic Law, we manifest the life of the Daishonin within ourselves.”]

This is the ultimate truth of faith in the Mystic Law. Nichikan says that the life of the Daishonin manifests itself in the life of each of us. That is why we will never be defeated. Let us move forward with this invincible conviction.

Thank you for being here today.

Those Who Devote Themselves to Kosen-rufu Receive the “Benefit of Protection”

—- (Dialogue on the Lotus Sutra, #50, “Dharani (26th chapter), Living Buddhism, July 2000, p. 35)

The Unfathomable Power of Daimoku

Haruo Suda: He [Shakyamuni] says that by accepting and upholding even a single verse of the Lotus Sutra, we will gain the same benefit as we would by making offerings to an infinite number of Buddhas. When you stop to think about it, this is remarkable.

President Ikeda: How is this possible? In particular, it’s because the source of the enlightenment of all Buddhas is the implicit teaching of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. This daimoku is the sutra’s undiluted and pure essence. The Lotus Sutra is the source of enlightenment of all the infinite numbers of Buddhas. 

Takanori Endo: The Daishonin’s Buddhism is truly incredible.

President Ikeda: Therefore, we mustn’t try to gauge the power of daimoku with our limited state of life, thinking, “This must be all there is.” The sutra says that the benefit of daimoku is beyond even the Buddha to fathom. For us to suppose that we understand its full scope is nothing short of arrogance. If we underestimate the infinite power of benefit of the Gohonzon owing to weak faith, then we will be only able to tap a minute portion of the Gohonzon’s power.

Speaking at Toshima Public Hall in Tokyo, second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda would often say on numerous occasions: “If the benefit that I have received is as great as this hall, then the benefit that all of you have received is no more than the size of my little finger.”

Japan today is facing a difficult economic situation. For precisely that reason, I hope all of our members will acquire immense benefit now. I would like to see each one gain inexhaustible good fortune. When times are good, anyone can do well. It is when times get tough that we can see what we are made of. That is when our faith is put to the test. It is important that we patiently strive to create hope.

Dedication to Kosen-rufu Brings Forth Incredible Life Force (p.47-48)

President Ikeda: At any rate, there is a fundamental difference in someone who strives to protect the SGI for the sake of kosen-rufu and someone who tries to use it for personal gain.It’s incredible just how much energy, wisdom and compassion well forth from our lives and how much the Buddhist gods go to work for us when we truly stand up for kosen-rufu. … The important thing is to stand alone and chant daimoku with the pledge, “I will accomplish kosen-rufu without fail.” We need to pray to the Gohonzon, “Please allow me to fight with the intensity of a charging demon.” With such prayer, we cannot fail to manifest power. We cannot fail to win. No matter how difficult the circumstances, one who stands up in earnest for kosen-rufu will absolutely receive the protection of the Buddhist gods. It is the “Dharani” chapter that teaches such passionate confidence in faith. [emphasis added]

To End; I will like to include the following Q&A:

Never detach yourself from the SGI organization

How can one advance on the right path and fulfill one’s mission without any wasted effort? I want to devote my life to realizing the American ideal that you, President Ikeda, articulated for us in the new poem that you presented to us in the United States, “Soar—Into the Vast Skies of Freedom! Into the New Century!”

President Ikeda: Thank you very much. The bottom line, essentially, is never to detach yourself from the SGI organization. No matter what kind of leaders or members you may encounter there, it is important that you do activities in the organization throughout your life. Why? Because the core of the Daishonin’s Buddhism is kosenrufu. And faith that is dedicated to kosenrufu is found only in the SGI. The reason for your participating in training courses such as these is to build a self dedicated to kosenrufu. Herein lies correct faith and correct action.

(From Discussion with SGI-USA Culture Department members, August 23-24, 2000, World Tribune 9-22-2000, p. 5)

 

Nam Myoho Renge Kyo.

Why Chant Daimoku?

The Following is an article from “My Dear Friends in America”, by Daisaku Ikeda (Third President of Soka Gakkai International), p. 197 (Santa Monica, Jan. 27, 1993)

Josei Toda (Second President of Soka Gakkai, Ikeda Sensei’s mentor in life) once declared: “I want to rid Kansai of sickness and poverty. Indeed, I am determined to do so!”

These words remind us again of how he put his heart and soul into giving guidance and encouragement to the members.

“Exactly forty years ago, on the occasion of the First Osaka Chapter General Meeting, President Toda proclaimed, “The purpose of our practice of faith is for all of us to become truly happy,” and “We embrace faith to secure our happiness throughout the infinite future.”

The purpose of faith is certainly not to subjugate oneself to the authority of temples or clergy, but, as my mentor clearly stated, to enable each person to attain happiness that endures eternally throughout the three existences of life.

President Toda also often said, “Those of you who have problems or sufferings, pray earnestly! Buddhism is a deadly serious win-or-lose struggle. If you should [pray with such an earnest attitude] and still have no solution forthcoming, then I will give you my life!”

This invincible conviction on which Mr. Toda was willing to stake his life inspired the members. By faithfully carrying on and practicing in accord with this spirit, we have built a global organization — the SGI.

Buddhism means putting the teachings into practice. Practice equals faith. With sincere prayer and action, our desires cannot possibly fail to be fulfilled. When you continue to apply yourselves to your Buddhist practice toward kosen-rufu, solidifying and gaining mastery in your faith, you will find that all your prayers will definitely be answered.

An expert archer can accurately hit a target with a single arrow. I hope all of you will become masters of faith and masters of life who will realize the complete fulfillment of all your desires. I also pray that you will be leaders of unshakable conviction who proudly open a new age of hope for kosen-rufu and the world.”
Basics of Faith from SGI President Ikeda

“The purpose of our practice of faith is for all of us to become truly happy,” and “We embrace faith to secure our happiness throughout the infinite future.”

— http://closedcurtains.blogspot.sg/2012/02/fighting-daimoku.html

The blog spot above has many quotes from Ikeda Sensei and has cited credible sources. Worthy of your time.

However some essentials of chanting Daimoku, one might run the risk of practicing incorrectly.

What are such Prayers?

  • Prayers that are destructive to oneself and others
  • Prayers that are unreasonable
  • Prayers that do not contribute to Kosen Rufu (The Happiness of Oneself and Others)

Myoho Renge Kyo talks about the Law of Cause and Effect, and it is a very strict law.

There are also certain behaviors towards the practice, that constitutes as practicing incorrectly.

What are such behaviors?

  • Begrudging one’s life (complaining)
  • Holding on to the three poisons towards oneself and others
  • Conducting the 14 Slanders towards anyone.

Therefore, it is essential for SGI members and All Practitioners to chant for the sake of Kosen-Rufu and World Peace.

In the following excerpt from President Ikeda guidance about daimoku with a pledge for kosen-rufu; from the New Human Revolution, Vol. 1, Chapter 5, Pioneers, (June 6, 1994, World Tribune) [from a meeting in Brazil, October 20, 1960], he says,

“Buddhism is a teaching of unsurpassed reason. Therefore, the strength of one’s faith must manifest itself in the form of studying, exercising one’s ingenuity and making twice as much effort as anyone else. Earnest daimoku is the wellspring for the energy to challenge these things. Your daimoku must also be a pledge.”

“A pledge?” asked the man. None of the members had ever heard of such a concept before.

“Yes, a pledge.” Shin’ichi replied. “This means to make a vow of your own accord and pray to fulfill it.” Shin’ichi Yamamoto emphasized strongly: “Of course, there are all kinds of ways to praying. Some people may pray that everything just falls into their laps without having to make any effort. But a religion that encourages such prayer is one that will lead people to ruin.

“Prayer in Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism means to chant daimoku based on a pledge or vow. At its very core, this vow is to attain kosen-rufu. It means chanting resolutely with the determination: ‘I will realize kosen-rufu in Brazil. Therefore, I will show magnificent actual proof in my work. Please enable me to somehow bring forth my greatest potential.’ This is what our prayer should be like.

“It is also important that we establish clear and concrete goals for what we hope to achieve each day and then pray and challenge ourselves to achieve each one. This earnest determination will give rise to wisdom and resourcefulness, thereby leading to success. In short, to win in life we need determination and prayer, effort and ingenuity. It is misguided to dream of getting rich quick, expecting to encounter a rare stroke of luck or some shrewd money-making scheme. This is not faith. It is mere fantasy.”

As Nichiren Daishonin proclaims:

“No prayers will go unanswered.”

It is vital that when chanting for our prayers to be answered, we do so with:

  • 100% conviction towards the Gohonzon.(Our object of devotion)
  • Sincere and determined Prayers (NO DOUBT)
  • Gratitude and Determination to fulfill our mission for Kosen-Rufu

 

Lastly, I will like to end with the following Quote from Ikeda Sensei (Sensei meaning Mentor in Japanese):

“In Buddhism, nothing is wasted. Freely tell others about this philosophy, in your own words. It isn’t necessary to cite complex theories or arcane terms. Since the Buddhist Law is inherent in your life, you don’t need to be anything other than yourself. Chant about whatever your concerns are, whether they be problems you are facing, your goals, kosen-rufu or the happiness of yourself and others. Your earnest prayers will bring forth your inherent Buddhahood, enabling you to build an eternal and indestructible state of life.”

— (WT E-Mail Express April 20, 2007 | No. 414; Previews of the April 20 World Tribune)

Nam Myoho Renge Kyo.

What is Daimoku?

nammyohorengekyo

 

This is perhaps the most basic question people would ask about this practice. If you are a Non-Buddhist, the action of chanting Mantra might be foreign to you. In some beliefs, the action of chanting Mantra is the basis of their belief that one is creating a good cause towards advocating the truths. The explanation below is taken directly from Soka Gakkai International (SGI)’s website, the foremost non-profit organization that is protecting this teaching, about the meaning of this mantra:

Nam comes from the Sanskrit namas, meaning to devote or dedicate oneself.

Myo can be translated as mystic or wonderful, and ho means law.

This law is called mystic because it is difficult to comprehend. What exactly makes it difficult to comprehend? It is the wonder of ordinary people, beset by delusion and suffering, awakening to the fundamental law in their own lives and realizing that they are inherently Buddhas able to solve their own problems and those of others.

Renge means lotus blossom.

The lotus flower is pure and fragrant, unsullied by the muddy water in which it grows. Similarly, the beauty and dignity of our humanity is brought forth amidst the sufferings of daily reality.

Further, unlike other plants, the lotus puts forth flowers and fruit at the same time. This illustrates the principle of the simultaneity of cause and effect; we do not have to wait to become someone perfect in the future, we can bring forth the power of the Mystic Law from within our lives at any time.

Kyo literally means sutra and here indicates the Mystic Law likened to a lotus flower, the fundamental law that permeates life and the universe, the eternal truth.

—- http://www.sgi.org/about-us/nam-myoho-renge-kyo.html

The title “Myoho Renge Kyo” is actually the title of the Lotus Sutra, which is expounded by Buddha Gautama (Shakyamuni Buddha) some 2,500 years ago. This is believed to be true, based on the Buddha of the latter day: Nichiren Daishonin that this is the teaching (out of the 8,000 teachings Shakyamuni Buddha has expounded before his passings) to be the only and correct teaching for the Latter Day of the Law. This has historical significance and factual proofs.

The essence of True Buddhism according to Nichiren Daishonin, who has continued this heritage of preaching the true law of Life and Death, is the conviction that:

  • We have within us at each moment the ability to overcome any problem or difficulty that we may encounter in life; a capacity to transform any suffering.

  • Our lives possess this power because they are inseparable from the fundamental law (Which is Myoho Renge Kyo) that underlies the workings of all life and the universe.

The fundamental teaching of the Lotus Sutra is that for all living beings, we have innate within us the life state of Buddhahood, which is the highest state of life. That is equal to that of Shakyamuni Buddha, Many Treasures Buddha, and Nichiren Daishonin himself.

To quote from Nichiren Daishonin’s Gosho (the writings of Nichiren Daishonin where he has encouraged his disciples to continue in faith, I will be inferring a lot from Goshos to provide you with the most accurate information):

The Lotus Sutra is the king of sutras, true and correct in both word and principle. Its words are the ultimate reality, and this reality is the Mystic Law (myōhō). It is called the Mystic Law because it reveals the principle of the mutually inclusive relationship of a single moment of life and all phenomena. That is why this sutra is the wisdom of all Buddhas. – (WND, On Attaining Buddhahood in this Lifetime, p 3)
— http://www.nichirenlibrary.org/en/wnd-1/Content/1 

Based upon Nichiren Daishonin’s conviction:

The truth of all phenomena in life is Myoho Renge Kyo, and innate in our lives is Myoho Renge Kyo. In the eternality of life and death, this is the ultimate law of the Universe. This is the Sutra where all great teachings find inspiration from. 

When one upholds the Lotus Sutra and chants the Daimoku, the Daishonin expounds the great benefits that:

Whether you chant the Buddha’s name (referring to Nam Myoho Renge Kyo), recite the sutra, or merely offer flowers and incense, all your virtuous acts will implant benefits and roots of goodness in your life. With this conviction you should strive in faith. – (WND, On Attaining Buddhahood in this Lifetime, p 4)

http://www.nichirenlibrary.org/en/wnd-1/Content/1

It is the same with a Buddha and an ordinary being. When deluded, one is called an ordinary being, but when enlightened, one is called a Buddha. This is similar to a tarnished mirror that will shine like a jewel when polished. A mind now clouded by the illusions of the innate darkness of life is like a tarnished mirror, but when polished, it is sure tobecome like a clear mirror, reflecting the essential nature of phenomena and the true aspect of reality. Arouse deep faith, and diligently polish your mirror day and night. How should you polish it? Only by chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. -(WND, On Attaining Buddhahood in this Lifetime, p 4)

http://www.nichirenlibrary.org/en/wnd-1/Content/1

I wish for you to put the teachings into practice, and chant earnestly for your happiness.

Nam Myoho Renge Kyo