We only have to watch the news on TV, listen to the radio, or even simply talk to the people around us, to be aware of the challenges and sadness that can accompany the process of living our daily lives.
Buddhism has at it’s very core, the ultimate goal of removing suffering and promoting a state of happiness in all those with whom it comes in contact. Many may think that this is an unachievable target, and that those who strive towards it are deluded.
But the principles and method for attaining such a state are encompassed by teachings contained in The Lotus Sutra. That is not to say that there is any magic bullet or instant fix to alleviate our suffering, but striving to do so is surely a task worth undertaking.
Daisaku Ikeda summarised it thus:
What is true joy in life?
This is a difficult question – and one that has occupied a great many thinkers and philosophers.
Joy can quickly give way to suffering. Joy is short and suffering long.
Also what passes for joy in society is superficial. It cannot compare with the joy derived from the Mystic Law.
The key then lies in cultivating a state of mind where we can declare without reservation that life is a joy.
This is the purpose of our Buddhist Practice.
Nam Myoho Renge Kyo.