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My Favorite Gosho


"The journey from Kamakura to Kyoto takes twelve days. If you travel for eleven but stop with only one day remaining, how can you admire the moon over the capital?"

Letter to Niike

Debashish Biswas, New Zealand

There have been a number of times where I have felt deeply moved by these words and realized why Nichiren extols the virtue of persevering in our struggles. Even though these words were written over 700 years ago, they are as relevant today as they were then.

For me, this passage has been particularly significant when I have felt like giving up. It has reminded me of how important it is to continue. It has also reminded me that I may want to give up even when I don’t realize just how close I am to having a breakthrough and achieving my goals. When I am in the midst of my struggles, I find it extremely challenging to realize that I am, in fact, changing my life through these struggles. It is the effort I am expending through doing my human revolution that is enabling me to grow, not in spite of these challenges but because of them.

When I read these lines, I am reassured that my struggles will become cherished memories because I have faith in Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and in my own Buddha nature.

Whether it is winning in my daily life or encouraging a fellow SGI member, these words of Nichiren's have always remained in the forefront of my life over the past few years. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda states, "The biggest obstacles to our progress exist within our own lives in the form of cowardice and the tendency to give up. Breaking through these barriers will unleash a surging wave of change."

[Courtesy of Focus SGI-NZ, April 2012]

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