This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?
wisdom. Accomplishment of these can relieve the suffering of this world. Buddha Shakyamuni told us how long the teachings would remain on this earth. The Dharma Perfect Age would last five hundred years. The Dharma Semblance Age would last one thousand years. The Dharma Ending Age, that we are now, in will last ten thousand years. What are the sufferings of the sentient beings in our current age? The first is committing the wrongdoings of the Ten Bad Conducts. The Buddha taught us the First Learning of selfdiscipline to overcome these. The second suffering is the inability to remain serene and at peace. The Buddha taught us the Second Learning of deep concentration to achieve purity of mind and tranquility. The third suffering is ignorance. The Buddha taught us the Third Learning of wisdom to overcome our current state of ignorance. Committing wrongdoings, being confused and remaining in ignorance are three of the major problems of sentient beings in our contemporary world. The Buddha will teach when these problems afflict the sentient beings in our world. However, if the beings are not ill, there will be no need for the Buddha to teach. The Diamond Sutra says, “in the end we even have to lay aside the Buddha’s teachings, let alone worldly teachings”. When beings are well, the teachings are unnecessary and introducing them might even lead to more problems. This is similar to a healthy person taking medicine every day and eventually falling ill. Self-discipline cures our body, deep concentration cures our mind and wisdom cures our behavior. Therefore, a person who practices Buddhism is wise in thought, speech and behavior.
Bai Juyi no doubt held the sentiment that one might be happier where one is now. Rather than taking on such hardship." "Destruction takes but all-out struggle. When the is forgotten. leaving no stone unturned. incompetent cowards. Makiguchi and Mr. Those who consistently work together with the youth to realise noble shared goals are victors who possess a lofty spirit. collapse takes an instant. 'Apparently. those who use or exploit young people demonstrate the behaviour of arrogant. quickly leading to ruin. Toda placed such great importance on one-onone dialogue and discussion meetings.' Having observed the vicissitudes of the political realm." . It tells the story of a carp that attempted to climb the waterfall but fell back and. high-handed dictators or lazy. Following the Soka path of mentor and disciple means engraving this spirit deep in our lives and making it shine into the eternal future. which is the key to genuine happiness--that is the way to truly fulfil the great vow for kosen-rufu. it's probably better to remain a carp and swim about freely. living just as one pleases. so to speak. Bai Juyi asks what the carp must be feeling." "The Tang dynasty poet Bai Juyi wrote a well-known poem related to the Dragon Gate. That is why both Mr. you have the hard work of ascending into the heavens and making the rain fall. while construction requires an applies equally to any organisation or tireless and dedicated spirit of construction begins. if you become a dragon. It only a moment. and provides an answer to the effect." "The Soka Gakkai must never forget the spirit of construction.LEARNINGS FROM THE GOSHO "We need to maintain a youthful spirit ourselves and strive together with the youth: we need to nurture young people and confidently bequeath the future to them. rather than shouldering onerous responsibilities that often come with success. decided to abandon the endeavour. We must never lose the fundamental spirit to strive for people's happiness and to open the way for the youth." "The 'great vow' of Buddhism can only be actualised through the persistent challenge of going out into society and earnestly seeking to do whatever we can to inspire and encourage each person we encounter. This individual. having cut its forehead on the rocks below. In contrast. To continue reaching out in dialogue to the person right in front of us and conveying through our spirit and lives the greatness of the Mystic Law.
as the Daishonin says." "To bring our practise of the Lotus Sutra. to valiantly climb the Dragon Gate of faith as successors of kosen-rufu. However. This difference in outlook or attitude is also what determines whether we will be defeated by negative influences. this is what it means for us to 'live based on a great vow. the Daishonin calls out from the depths of his being: 'My wish is that all my disciples make a great vow' (WND-1. and attain Buddhahood without fail. or evil friends. And this difference in heart or spirit comes down to whether or not we embrace the 'great vow' that is mentioned in this letter. or a speck of dust returning to the earth' (WND-1. the Daishonin says: 'Think of this offering as a drop of dew rejoining the ocean. to successful completion means that we must eagerly and joyfully embrace the mission of taking on the sufferings of still more and more people and of challenging even greater difficulties in our cause for human peace and happiness. As practitioners of the Mystic Law. should there be no cause for regret in laying down one's life for the Lotus Sutra? Regarding this. Truly. then. depending on how one looks at it. And. 1000). 1003). our present existence is as fleeting as dew. 'It is the heart that is important' (WND-1.'" "The only way to repel this fierce attack of the devil king is to base one's life on 'a great vow' (WND-1. 1003)." . Therefore."Dragons have the job of making the rain fall--this same work can be regarded as a burden or as a mission. or successfully attain Buddhahood. our lives are as tiny as specks of dust. From the standpoint of eternity." "Why. A life based on a great vow is truly profound and unshakable. We cannot bring forth the strength to withstand great hardships or persecution for the sake of the Lotus Sutra unless we make our ultimate goal the attainment of Buddhahood in this lifetime and dedicate our lives to the great vow of the Buddha for the realisation of kosen-rufu. This is the Daishonin's message. The Daishonin urges us to actively seek this way of life. 1003). by solidly basing our lives on the Mystic Law--which is as vast as the ocean and as firm as the earth--we can establish an unshakable and boundless state of life that is at one with that all-encompassing Law. or the Mystic Law. compared to the colossal scale of the universe.