Chant resonant daimoku! Offer words of encouragement! By using our voices let’s spread hope both in our local communities and far and wide in society. As the Daishonin states, "The voice carries out the work of the Buddha."*
*Nam-myoho-renge-kyo - The Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings, page 4
Translation of "To My Friends" published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda's recent guidance, with universal value and application
Words of sincere and honest concern can move people’s hearts. Those who are making earnest efforts naturally gain the trust of others. Let’s, therefore, be the one’s who stand up and take the initiative!
To all of our SGI Cleaning Group members, thank you so much for keeping our community centres so spick-and-span. It’s because of your dedication that our centres shine as castles for kosen-rufu. Please wisely take every possible measure to protect yourselves from the heat by wearing a hat when you are outside, constantly drinking enough fluids, replacing any lost sodium, etc..
At the heart of human diplomacy and relationships lies sincerity, accountability and speed. Being prompt and consistent in our responses builds bonds of trust. Let’s shine triumphantly through our behaviour as a human being!
Ladies, please make it your top priority to stay accident and incident free. At night, make sure to avoid poorly lit routes and try to return home as quickly as you possibly can! Carelessness can be our worst enemy. Let’s make a point to regularly remind each other as we advance in our activities.
Its because of the sincerity we pour into seemingly ordinary daily Gakkai activities such as home visits and encouraging members, that great flowers of good fortune fragrantly blossom. "It is said that where there is unseen virtue, there will be visible reward.* Lets become people of sincere and pure-hearted faith.
Hardships are the greatest opportunity for fulfilment. Patience and perseverance are what lead to a glorious victory. To all of our dear youth, never give up, never be defeated! May you all freely perform your own dramas of friendship and inspiration.
Both those who talk about the Mystic Law to others and those who hear about it will be embraced with great benefit. By chanting daimoku with this strong conviction, let's plant the seeds of Buddhahood!
Particularly in regard to family members who are not SGI members, let’s be sure to express our utmost appreciation for all their support and always be considerate and thoughtful of their situations. It is because of their kind and warm understanding and support that kosen-rufu can be achieved. Together with everyone, let's advance this great path to happiness!
Let's praise and show the utmost respect to those members who selflessly contribute to the local community despite their busy schedules. It’s through showing such actual proof of the greatness of Buddhism in society that we can develop and expand the trust we have with others.