“Each of you should summon up the courage of a lion king and never succumb to threats from anyone. The lion king fears no other beast, nor do its cubs. Slanderers are like barking foxes, but Nichiren’s followers are like roaring lions” (WND, 997).
It was with the words we just read that the Daishonin strenuously called out to all of his followers. In this writing, the courage or heart of a lion king is another way of saying the courage to fight bravely against any oppression. Faith means courage.
Even if we are subjected to persecution and even if the Buddhist gods do not come to our aid, we must always have the courage to persevere in faith, no matter what difficulties we encounter. Such courage is the direct path to happiness.
This guidance is an abstract from 'The World of Nichiren Daishonin Writings' with universal value and application
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