Thursday, September 29, 2011

What counts (in life) is ... how much good you have accomplished

It is important to remember that your worth as a person is not based on your profession.  It is not based on wealth, fame or academic credentials.  What counts is how hard you have striven in your chosen path, how much good you have accomplished. how earnestly you have devoted your energies to it.  It is your spirit of devotion, your sincerity, that determines your true worth.  For that reason, individuality constitutes the basis for leading a life of dignity and meaning as a human being. 


Friday, September 16, 2011

The power of belief

One thing is certain: That is that the power of belief, the power of thought, will move reality in the direction of what we believe and conceive of it. If you really believe you can do something, you can. That is a fact. 

Dying Happily

A nurse who cared for many terminal patients has observed, "Ultimately, people only die as they have lived." To die happily is therefore extremely difficult. And since death is the final settlement of accounts for one's life, it is when our true self comes to the fore. 

We practice faith to live happily and also to die happily. One who has faith in the Mystic Law will not die an unhappy death.

The workings of our mind are truly subtle. Some have noted that despite what is commonly believed, our memory doesn't necessarily deteriorate as we get older. Even supposing a certain degree of decline is inevitable, our acceptance of people's assertions that memory function deteriorates as a fact, usually causes us to become more forgetful. In reality, however, our brain is made so that we can keep learning at any age.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

On youth; Global citizen

Youth means to cherish hope; it is a time of development. Youth means to challenge oneself; it is a time of construction. Youth means to fight for justice; it is a time of action.

Good citizens are those who love both their own country and the world. A strong alliance of global citizens who possess a sound philosophy will transform the world. The development of the people constitutes the foundation and framework for human progress.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

On Freedom, Good Books, Viewing Death

Freedom doesn't mean an absence of all restrictions. It means possessing unshakable conviction in the face of any obstacle. This is true freedom.

Reading good books cultivates and nourishes one's life. A good classic never grows old, it is always refreshing and now. It's message will be just as valid in the new century. Encountering such a work is truly a lifelong treasure.


How painful and frightening is the prospect of death for human beings! No matter how wealthy or powerful we may be, all is vanity before death. Everything is empty, like a dream or an illusion. But people do not face this fact. Nichiren Buddhism teaches us that we can transform our karma and attain a supremely peaceful death that is the start of a journey to our next lives.