Bursting with the spirit to learn more, let’s actively and cheerfully advance! The Daishonin encourages us, "It is the heart that is important." When we participate in activities, happily and enthusiastically, our lives shine with even more benefit and good fortune.
Translation of "To My Friends" published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda's recent guidance with universal value and application
Let’s put our whole heart into what we’re doing now! Half-hearted efforts achieve nothing worth speaking of. It’s our earnest and serious resolve to win that yields “wisdom” and “strength."
Please be careful of seasonal illnesses like colds and influenza! By taking ample common sense measures such as wearing a mask in crowded places, washing our hands frequently and gargling when we come inside, let’s protect ourselves from sickness. I hope that we can spend each day wisely continually staying on top of our health!
It’s the continuity of our efforts to overcome those small daily challenges that leads to the establishment of a grand and lofty state of life. Let’s set clear goals for the tasks we have each day and courageously take on even the things that we might feel like avoiding or that we don’t feel very confident about!
Our current place of work is, in fact, the very place where we can grow most. It’s the "Dojo" for training our lives! Chanting deeply as we make serious efforts, let’s convert all our hardships into life’s greatest treasures!
By our sowing the seeds of peace we have become the trailblazers of humanity’s history. It is said, "One is the mother of ten thousand." Together with our fellow members in 192 countries and territories around the world, let's proudly walk along this noble path of engaging in dialogue with others.
Those with a sense of justice are strong. Those with a smile are not defeated. No matter what happens, with unyielding optimism, let’s advance, overcoming any and all the billows of obstacles we might face!
It's when those in supportive or assisting positions courageously stand up and enthusiastically fulfil their roles, that the momentum for our advancement greatly accelerates. Let’s be perfectly united in mind with the central figures in our activities and create a totally new history of kosen-rufu!
It's the very essence of all our activities for leaders to be the forerunners. First of all, let’s take action ourselves and then share with others the challenges we are facing and the experiences we have had of practising this Buddhism, vividly and enthusiastically!
It’s the momentum and growth of the young men and women of the youth division that uplifts and encourages everyone’s spirits. Such activity gives rise to hope and courage for one and all! With the cherished dream of kosen-rufu in our hearts let’s be the front runners on the path of our great expansion!