How To Build A Solid Inner Self

Woodblock made ca. 1930 exactly the same way a...

Woodblock made ca. 1930 exactly the same way as they were made by artisans ca. 1830. The skill and the care are the same. There is a drawing or a copy of it coming from the artist. Then the woodcutter and the printer take over. Their skill varies. Hokusai once wrote to one of his editors that he was not happy with one of the woodcutters. In the case of the new cuts of the 36 views of the Fuji, only experts can distinguish the many versions – mainly by differences of the frame around the script (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This bit of encouragement is taken from the June 2012 Living Buddhism.  The article, written for discussion meetings, is titled “Building a Solid Inner Self” and begins on pg. 17.

“Building a solid and unmoving self like Mount Fuji means doing our human revolution, elevating our state of life, based on our practice of faith.  It means developing a solid self that is never defeated by our environment or circumstances and is capable of transforming everything into happiness and victory.  True happiness shines in the lives of those who possess such an indomitable self.” (My Dear Friends in America, 3rd edition, pg. 289)

This article bears great food for thought, and below are some highlights that I found particularly encouraging.

You can defeat any hardship or challenging situation by building a solid inner self!

1.  Apply your daily Buddhist practice to your daily life and transform the situation.

2.  Self-reflect on your own actions, how you interact and treat other people, and polish your character.

3.  Whether you are dealing with difficulties at work, home, or in your daily interactions with others….make the determination to win and you will.

4.  Do not dwell on what others choose to say or do.

5.  Persevere with confidence and dignity along the path you choose.

6.  Remember, life is all about the choices we make….even the little ones.

7.  Through your Buddhist practice, you can open up and transform all areas in your life, even the most challenging ones.  Anything and everything is possible!

8.  In our daily doings, take care not to create opportunities for others to take advantage of you or do you harm.      Always protect yourself and be aware of what is going on around you.

9.  Exercise prudence and treat others with respect.

10.  Focus on being happy and contribute to the welfare of others as well as society.

And remember….

“Just as Nichiren Buddhism teaches, no matter how difficult the situation, our Buddhist practice enables us to advance with confidence and dignity, aiming for absolute victory.  Our personal victory becomes a victory for kosen-rufu that can encourage many.”





  1. Beautiful words of encouragement. I have personally witnessed tremendous change in the life of a Buddhist friend. She has been practicing for just over a year and when she started one of her goals was to have girlfriends; she said she had never had a close female friend. Now she’s expecting her first child and her baby shower was attended by approximately 33 women and a couple of men, too. And that isn’t even all of the people she can now count among her support system. If this isn’t actual proof that this Buddhist practice is effective, I don’t know what is. Nam myoho renge kyo! Have faith and carry on.

  2. Thank you for this encouragement! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve suffered over something so apparently stupid because I let other people’s words or reactions, positive or negative, determine my sense of self worth. I am challenging myself to live out the “cherry, peach, dansom” concept by valuing my life at each moment, as I am. I’ve including this in my prayers, but hey better late than never:-)

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