Everyone wants to feel a sense of purpose and achievement in life. If we are lucky, our daily work will provide this, as well as the means to support our lives. In today's challenging economic circumstances, the struggle to find work which is both meaningful and appropriately rewarded is intensifying for many.
Buddhism teaches that putting all our effort into the challenges we face right now is the key to future success and to opening up the kinds of opportunities which will enable us to utilize our skills and talents and ultimately contribute to creating a better world.
Far from encouraging us to remove ourselves to a purely spiritual plane, it teaches that the truth of Buddhism is to be found in our daily lives; that our efforts in our homes and workplaces are precisely those by which we elevate and strengthen our lives.
As Nichiren said:"Regard your service to your lord as the practice of the Lotus Sutra. This is what is meant by 'No worldly affairs of life or work are ever contrary to the true reality.'"
From SGI President Daisaku Ikeda
- Tripti Tandon, a lawyer working for a nongovernmental organization in India that strives to protect and promote human rights, talks about how her Buddhist practice helped her gain confidence Tripti Tandon, India
- An educator in the UK, Nigel Straker's Buddhist practice aided him in deepening compassion for his students and his belief in their potential Nigel Straker, UK
- Eryún Ósk Jónsdóttir talks about persevering with faith and hard work through a time of national economic crisis Eyrún Ósk Jónsdóttir, Iceland
- Colin Bergamin describes how an inner change in his own life became the catalyst for a transformation in his career and his circumstances Colin Bergamin, UK
"People always have many different roles to play. The crucial thing is to be determined to make a wholehearted effort in everything and be fully engaged in what we are doing at any given moment. The secret to successfully fulfilling a variety of roles is to concentrate fully on the task at hand and give it our best effort with enthusiasm, maintaining a positive, forward-looking attitude and not worrying."
"Do you give up the struggle to overcome your own limitations on the first attempt, or do you keep on with it, trying a second time, a third time, and continuing on in the challenge for the rest of your life? That is the only difference between the genius and the ordinary person."
"The most important thing is that you get into the habit of challenging yourself to the limit . . . the efforts put forth by those who make a habit of pushing themselves to the limit will in time bear fruit. They will distinguish themselves from others without fail. They will bring their unique talent to shine."
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