Quotations from the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin....
founder of Nichiren Buddhism. Japan 1222-1282

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"On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime" (WND, 4)
When deluded, one is called an ordinary being, but when enlightened, one is called a Buddha. This is similar to a tarnished mirror that will shine like a jewel when polished. A mind now clouded by the illusions of the innate darkness of life is like a tarnished mirror, but when polished, it is sure to become like a clear mirror, reflecting the essential nature of phenomena and the true aspect of reality. Arouse deep faith, and diligently polish your mirror day and night. How should you polish it? Only by chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.


"The Three Kinds of Treasure" (WND, 851)
More valuable than treasures in a storehouse are the treasures of the body, and the treasures of the heart are the most valuable of all.
From the time you read this letter on,
strive to accumulate the treasures of the heart!

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"Letter to Gijo-bo" (WND, 389)
Single-mindedly desiring to see the Buddha" may be read as follows:
single-mindedly observing the Buddha,
concentrating one’s mind on seeing the Buddha,
and when looking at one's own mind, perceiving that it is the Buddha.


"On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime" (WND, 4)
If the minds of living beings are impure,their land is also impure, but if their minds are pure, so is their land. There are not two lands, pure or impure in themselves. The difference lies solely in the good or evil of our minds.

Quotations from the Writings of Daisaku Ikeda.....
President of Soka Gakkai International Lay Buddhist Movement


Though it might be difficult to appreciate at first, the “mud” of our suffering provides the building material from which we can erect a solid bulwark for the palace of happiness within.The deeper the mire of suffering, the more indomitable a palace we can establish.

Daisaku Ikeda


The differences between people need not act as barriers that wound,
harm and drive us apart. Rather, these very differences among cultures
and civilizations should be valued as manifestations of the richness
of our shared creativity.
Daisaku Ikeda


“Nonviolence” does not merely mean to refrain from violence.
Violence erupts when one person blames another for a problem or conflict.
Conversely, nonviolence is a way of life in which one resolves,
“Let me be the one to change first.”
If this spirit were to be embraced, how much more at peace would our
families and society itself be.

Daisaku Ikeda

When people perceive their lives as being at one with nature and the planet,
their views of society, nationality and race will naturally be transformed.
As long as the window of the human heart remains battened closed,
no great future lies in store for humanity.
People have to throw open the window of the heart.
When they do so, there will be no more hindrance to peace.
Daisaku Ikeda