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Buddhism in Action for Peace
History & Philosophy
Stories and reflections on the Buddhist approach to life
The efforts made by one individual can be immensely important. Nichiren repeatedly states that victory depends not on numbers but on a group or individual's attitude or resolve. In one passage he writes: "Everyone in Japan, from the sovereign on down to the common people, all without exception tried to do me harm, but I have survived until this day. This is because, although I am alone, I have firm faith [in the Lotus Sutra]" (MW-3, 198). In other words, his strong faith enabled him to emerge triumphant. I find this passage deeply moving.
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