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Nov 17, 2010

Words penned by Lyn Si for her family and friends.

On faith, daimoku and practice
Although I am born as a Gohonzon baby, I never really had faith in the Gohonzon until I was given this opportunity. Initially it was hard, but with encouragements from SGM members and support from my family, I held on. Remembering Nichiren ‘s gosho – “ The journey from Kamakura to Kyoto takes 12 days. If you travel for 11 but stop with one day remaining, how can admire the moon over the capital”

Thank You
I am grateful to have been born as a Gohonzon baby. My grandfather was introduced to this Buddhism and my family eventually followed.
I am grateful to have the Gohonzon and to be able to practice this Buddhism.
I am grateful to have a supporting family. They encourage me when I am feeling down and depressed.
I am grateful to President Ikeda. Even though he does not know me in person, he sent me guidance all the way from Japan.
I am also grateful to all the members who encourage me, gave me guidance and chanted for me.

Some of her favourite quotes from Nichiren Daishonin’s gosho

“Every night you spend in bed is making you stronger, so that you can face bigger difficulties in the future”

“To accept is easy; to continue is difficult. But Buddhahood lies in continuing faith. Those who uphold this sutra should be prepared to meet difficulties”

“There is no greater happiness than having faith in the Lotus Sutra. It promise us “peace and security in this life and good circumstances in the next”. Never let lifes’s hardships disturb you. After all, no one can avoid problems, not even saits or sages... Suffer what there is to suffer, enjoy what there is to enjoy. Regard both suffering and joy as facts of life and continue chanting Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo no matter what happens. Then you will experience boundless joy from the Law”

“It is rare to be born a human being. The number of those endowed with human life is as small as the amount of earth one can place on a fingernail. Life as a human being is hard to sustain – as hard as it is for the dew to remain on the grass. But it is better to live a single day with honor than to live to 120 and die in disgrace”

“Arouse deep faith, and diligently polish your mirror day and night. How should you polish it? Only chanting Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo”

“Now there is no need to attempt to surmise yourself how things will go. Whether or not your prayer is answered will depend on your faith. (If it is not) I will in no way be blame. When the wind blows, the trees shake. Our minds are like water. Faith that is weak is like muddy water, while faith that is brave is like clear water.”

“Illness is not something to feel ashamed of. It is a sign of misfortune or defeat. Suffering is the fuel of wisdom and it opens the way to happiness. Through illness, human beings can gain insight into the meaning of life, understand its value and dignity, and strive to lead more fulfilling lives.”

“When your determination changes, everthing will begin to move in the direction you desire. The moment you resolve to the victorious, every nerve and fiber in your being will immediate orient itself toward your success. On the other hand, if you think. “This is never going to work out,” Then at that instant every cell in your being will be deflated and give up the fight. Then everything really will move in the direction of failure.”

Lyn Si....

Your smile will always be on our minds
Your voice and laughter lingers in our ears
Your thoughtfulness and compassions touched many hearts
You are a role model to us, for
Your courage, hope, strength and bravery in persevering hardships in life
Although you were with us for not as long as we had wished
We should not be too sad, cos
You surely want us to carry on our lives as happily and cheerfully as you
You surely left us carrying with your happiness, contentment in life and our deepest love
You surely achieved your mission in life – changing your karma into mission for kosenrufu

As quoted by Presiden Ikeda:
Hardships make us strong
Problem give birth to wisdom
Sorrows cultivate compassion
Those who have suffered the most will become the happiest.

We love you always, Lyn Si dearest!


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