Tag: nichiren daishonin

The Buddha and the Devil

It is said that after Shakyamuni Buddha attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree in India, he was confronted by the devil Mara who attempted to sway him from his determined commitment to spread his teachings of universal enlightenment with the people of India and the entire world. Shakyamuni states:   It is better for me […]

The Benefits of Responding with Joy

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President Ikeda writes, “Through faith we can establish a state of life, where no matter what happens, we experience joy, hope and confidence in the depth of our being.” Throughout his writings, Nichiren Daishonin expresses great joy despite the intense challenges and circumstances he faces. “The Benefits of Responding with Joy,” Living Buddhism, Jan 2016 […]

When Our Minds Change, the World Changes

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As difficult as it is for me to believe, every time I read a letter of encouragement or a piece of guidance from SGI President Ikeda, I find the following words, Whether we become happy or unhappy is not determined by other people or our environment. It is decided by our own inner determination or […]

Happiness In This World

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I met a young woman a few days ago at my Buddhist center. After chanting, she showed me the first few pages of an essay written by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda about one of Nichiren Daishonin’s writings – a writing titled Happiness In This World. She only had a portion of the essay and wanted to know […]