A Ship to cross the Sea of Suffering

"Real happiness is found in the struggles we undergo to realise our goals, in our efforts to move forward." Daisaku Ikeda


When reading through the internet, I come across encouragement, that I just need to share and store. I have been studying the lecture series from Daisaku Ikeda, on the gosho letter on “The Opening of the Eyes” lately, as a follow up from “A ship to sail the sea of Suffering”.  So in the next few days I endeavor to share some thoughts from my reading.

Until then, x

“When we find ourselves facing adversity, we may think we’ve reached our limit, but actually the more trying the circumstances, the closer we are to making a breakthrough. The darker the night, the nearer the dawn. Victory in life is decided by that last concentrated burst of energy filled with the resolve to win.”
— Daisaku Ikeda

“Prayer is the courage to persevere. It is the the struggle to overcome our own weakness and lack of confidence in ourselves. It is the act of impressing in the very depths of our being the conviction that we can change the situation without fail. Prayer is the way to destroy all fear. It is the way to banish sorrow, the way to light a torch of hope. It is the revolution that rewrites the scenario of our destiny.” Daisaku Ikeda encouragement as appeared in Dec 3, 2004 World Tribune p.8

“Doubt is the source of fundamental delusion in life; it is what Buddhism calls fundamental darkness. It gives rise to anxiety and drags us into the depths of despair. Faith, meanwhile, is the struggle against the doubt that resides within our hearts. The power to win in that struggle comes from chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. A true champion is therefore someone who puts prayer first” — Daisaku Ikeda from New Human Revolution Vol 17 page 276

An interesting one, since I just finished another session in my youth governance programme. Talking about the qualities of leaders and leadership styles. I might share it with the group next time….

“A requisite for leaders is sincerity. you must not be arrogant but exert your utmost for the sake of members. Honesty, kindness, a sense of responsibility, belief and ordinariness–people are seeking leaders with such humanistic qualities. Therefore, leaders must base their lives on faith, be true to themselves and develop as human beings.” — President Ikeda March 17, 1995 WT pg.4



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