Emerson writes: “And so of cheerfulness, or a good temper, the more it is spent, the more of it remains.” Cheerfulness is not the same as frivolousness. Cheerfulness is born of a fighting spirit. Frivolousness is the reverse side of cowardly escape. Emerson also said that “power dwells with cheerfulness; hope puts us in a working mood.” Without cheerfulness there is no strength. Let us strive to advance still more brightly and cheerfully.

1974: SGI President Ikeda gives his first university lecture, at UCLA.


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The means by which all people could awaken to the fact that the truth of life and the universe exists within their own lives, and actively manifest that truth, was established by the Daishonin.  Moreover, this truth is the enlightened wisdom of all Buddhas and is fully revealed in the Lotus Sutra, which is the highest teaching of Buddhism.  By basing ourselves on that truth, we can lead lives of supreme value.  The Daishonin’s Buddhism opened this realm of faith so that it was accessible to anyone, anywhere, anytime, no matter what their background.  It would be no exaggeration to say that the practice of chanting daimoku in Nichiren Buddhism is what gave rise to a ‘Buddhism of the people’.  This practice of chanting daimoku is indeed the supreme Buddhist practice, making it possible for us to fundamentally transform our lives.

Daisaku Ikeda

Lectures on On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime, p. 24


District Million

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MILLION! We’ve started our campaign to chant one Million.