Encouragement

Traveler for Peace

The significance of Oct 2nd — World Peace Day. On Oct. 2, 1960, Daisaku Ikeda, the newly appointed Soka Gakkai president, embarked on his first overseas journey to spread Nichiren Buddhism worldwide, with his initial stop on American…

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What Does “Changing Our Karma” Mean?

This Q&A series addresses frequently asked questions about Nichiren Buddhism. Q: I often hear people in the SGI talking about “changing karma into mission,” but I’m not sure I know what that means. Can you explain? A: What…

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Encouragement

For the Peace of the Land

A report from the North America and Oceania Study Conference. “If you care anything about your personal security, you should first of all pray for order and tranquility throughout the four quarters of the land, should you not?”…

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9,500 Lions of Justice

If there was a lesson to be gleaned from the powerful milestone Young Men’s and Young Women’s General Meetings held in July, it was this: Next year’s 50,000 youth gathering starts with treasuring the person right in front…

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Is it OK to chant for my desires?

Q: I read somewhere that Buddhism teaches that desires cause suffering. Yet in the SGI, I’ve been encouraged to chant for my desires. Is this OK? A: Experience tells us that desires can cause suffering and that resisting…

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