There’s nothing stronger or more noble than a life that is dedicated to upholding a lofty vision or goal and works tirelessly towards its completion. Someone who does not fear mistakes or setbacks and who continues to courageously try, is a person who is certain to come out on top!
Translation of "To My Friends" published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda's recent guidance, with universal value and application
Studying the Daishonin’s teachings in order to apply them in our daily lives is the very spirit of the Soka Gakkai. When we're facing difficulties or a deadlock, let’s reach out for Nichiren Daishonin’s Writings! From such action, unlimited hope, courage and wisdom will never fail to well forth!
The Daishonin teaches, "The lion king is said to advance three steps, then gather himself to spring, (unleashing the same power whether he traps a tiny ant or attacks a fierce animal."* It is vital that we never become overconfident even for the smallest of matters. By chanting daimoku with the ferocity and momentum of a lion, the path to victory dramatically opens up. Now, with the heart of a lion king, let's be victorious!
When we summon forth our courage, everything becomes a source for happiness and joy at the same time we can definitely win in any and all challenges. By continuously chanting daimoku, no matter what, let’s exert ourselves bravely and vigorously!
Now, let’s put forth our very best effort to achieve great growth and development so that we can complete our (traditional) February shakubuku campaign successfully! By taking good care of ourselves, especially when there are such variants in temperature, and chanting vibrant daimoku, first and foremost, let’s all create a fresh new history!
Kosen-rufu is a struggle waged by using our voices. It’s by using our voices that we voice what we believe is the truth. And it’s that same voice that is used to encourage others. Voicing what is in our hearts and on our minds let’s sincerely and cheerfully talk with others.
When we give every bit of ourselves to serving and helping others we’re able to break through the shell of our lesser egoistic selves and develop a state of life that is vast and all encompassing! Together with the SGI, and together with our fellow members, let’s scale the mountain of our human revolution!
It’s especially true when we are busy with work or other things in life that we need to carefully use our wisdom and work in close coordination with each other! It's through the efforts that we make at such busy times, to still coordinate well with others, that the momentum for the expansion of our movement is born!
Fostering successors is the very life towards sustaining our kosen-rufu movement. Let’s all actively help our new fellow members to develop in their own particular way! Let’s build a citadel of capable people all brimming with their unique brilliance!
The Daishonin teaches us, "One is the mother of ten thousand."* With the type of voice that can summon forth the spring, let’s try to encourage each and every person whom we have a chance to meet and make them an ally of our movement. From such actions, countless waves of hope are born.