Today, I will be sharing some of the amazing quotes, thoughts and guidances by Sensei Ikeda, the third president of Soka Gakkai International, by now it’s clear that I am a practicing member of Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism.
“It is not a question of your environment or those around you, nor what the organization or leaders may be like.To be swayed by such externals is pointless. It all comes down to one person, you. What matters is that you become a brilliant beacon, shinning with joy and happiness and live your life with confidence and courage. If you shine with a radiant light, there can be no darkness in your life”.
“Those who say “I will do it”, who are willing to take on a challenge even if they are alone, are true winners. The determination, the commitment to take action yourself, is the force that leads to victory. As Buddhism teaches in the principle of a life-moment possesses 3000 realms, our mind or attitude can change everything”.
“To be fearless no matter what happens, that is the root of true happiness. To move forward resolutely regardless of what lies in store, that is the spirit, the resolve, that leads to human victory. But if we allow ourselves to be distributed by petty criticism and slander, if we fear pressure and persecution, we will never advance now create anything of lasting value”.
“Buddhism is wisdom. As long as we have wisdom, we can put all things to the best use, we can turn everything in the direction of happiness.”
“Buddhism is action. One meaning of kyo of Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo is action. Without action, we cannot say that we are practicing Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo. It would merely remain a concept. Only through action are we able to truly gain the great benefit of the Mystic Law.”
“There is nothing more noble than inviting our friends to discussion meetings, gathering together to enable them to establish a connection with Buddhism, to talk about Buddhist teachings, and to deepen our faith. As the Lotus Sutra clearly indicates, through such steady, dedicated efforts to teach others about Buddhism, you are accumulating the good fortune and benefit to be reborn as great leaders and savor a state of unsurpassed freedom in lifetime after lifetime.”