1) DO AN INVIGORATING GONGYO
Morning and evening gongyo create the victorious rhythm for living each day in harmony with the fundamental Law of the universe.
2) LEAD A BALANCED AND PRODUCTIVE LIFESTYLE
“Buddhism is reason” (“The Hero of the World,” The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, p. 839). We practice Nichiren Daishonin’s teachings so that we can wisely continue to create value. That is why we each need to become our own “king of physicians” and exercise practical wisdom to effectively boost our vitality and stamina based on a reasonable and sustainable way of doing things.
3) CONTRIBUTE TO THE WELFARE OF OTHERS
Health is exemplified by a life that keeps striving and challenging . . . True health shines in the lives of those who continue to ardently devote themselves to creating positive value for the happiness of others, the welfare of society and a better, brighter future for the world.
4) EAT WISELY
Food is life. Nichiren writes: “Food has three virtues. First, it sustains life. Second, it enlivens the complexion. Third, it nourishes strength” (“On the Three Virtues of Food, ”WND-2, 1060) . . . Each of us was born with our own lofty mission. Eating wisely to sustain our life, and maintaining our physical and mental well-being is also an important part of our Buddhist practice for that purpose.
SGI President Ikeda discussed four mottoes for good health in the series “To My Young Friends—Leaders of a New Age,” which originally ran in the Oct. 12, 2012, World Tribune.