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Back to listMar 31, 2011

SGI President Publishes New Series of Gosho Commentaries

Soka Gakkai members in Ofunato City, Iwate (March 2011)Soka Gakkai members in Ofunato City, Iwate (March 2011)

Following the devastating earthquake and tsunamis that hit Japan on March 11, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda began publishing a series of words of encouragement in the Soka Gakkai organ newspaper, the Seikyo Shimbun. The series, based on short excerpts of Nichiren's writings, was started with the aim of providing hope and courage to all people facing difficulties in life.

In the month of March, six such articles have been published. The following is one such article published on March 22, based on a passage from Nichiren's writing titled "Reply to Kyo'o":

"Misfortune will change into fortune. Muster your faith, and pray to the Gohonzon. Then what is there that cannot be achieved?" (WND-1, 412)

The Buddhism of Nichiren Daishonin allows us to change poison into medicine and to transform our negative karma. There is no hardship or suffering that we cannot overcome, no darkness that we cannot break through. Now is the time to bring forth the vast and immeasurable power of the Buddha and the Law.

The more challenging the times, the more important it is that we take a step forward based on powerful prayer. Courageous faith is the very heart of Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism.

Written in the context of thirteenth-century Japan-an era rife with disasters and calamities-The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin is a compilation of treatises and letters written to Nichiren's followers. Many of these letters offer advice, encouragement or consolation and shed light on the sanctity of life and its boundless potentiality. These writings have become the basis of SGI's movement for peace, culture and education. Today, SGI members throughout the world study the writings of Nichiren with the aim of deepening their understanding of Buddhism and applying its humanistic principles to the betterment of society.

[Photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]