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My Favorite Gosho

"Nevertheless, even though you chant and believe in Myoho-renge-kyo, if you think the Law is outside yourself, you are embracing not the Mystic Law but an inferior teaching."

On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime

Carlos Vigoa, USA

Last year, my financial struggles seemed so endless that I began to view them as this huge wall, one that seemed bigger than my capacity to scale it. I was unemployed at the time, and while I was chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and taking action, my attitude was to wait for someone (or something) to rescue me.

I increased the amount I chanted each day, yet I started to doubt the power of the Gohonzon when I didn't see immediate results. It was through studying this passage from Nichiren's writings over and over again that I realized I could no longer sit and wait for the Gohonzon to answer my prayers.

I realized that I had to take full responsibility for my problems and my victories. I realized that any change in my environment would begin with a revolution in my own heart.

I started to chant with a renewed determination to win over my problems.

SGI President Ikeda writes: "When you wage a struggle, you might win or you might lose. But regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being. A strong spirit, strong faith and strong prayer--developing these is victory and the world of Buddhahood" (For Today and Tomorrow, p. 50).

Last year, I was able to deepen my faith and clearly see the result of a determined prayer. I was hired for two jobs! At the first job, my employers said they wished they had found me earlier. The second is part-time, but I get full-time wages.

Furthermore, my inner revolution brought about a change in my relationships with my mother, family and others. In the end, this was, by far, my greatest benefit.

[Courtesy of World Tribune, SGI-USA, March 2008]

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