This is the time of year when there are sharp fluctuations in daytime and night-time temperatures. Let’s take due care to wisely look after ourselves, for example, by keeping warm at night so we don’t catch a chill while sleeping! Let’s all try to advance in the very best of good health!
Translation of "To My Friends" published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda's recent guidance, with universal value and application
It’s important that “leaders” waste no time in getting involved where activities are taking place for kosen-rufu. Let’s talk with and get to know each member, one by one, and so nurture a new group of capable and talented people. Let’s initiate a new surge of advancement in our movement!
Every single effort we make for the sake of our friends shines eternally as treasures of the heart. Let's lead a life of honour and pride, earning people's respect through our actions so that someone can say this about us: "It's all thanks to having that person in my life!"
The power of our voice is truly magnificent. With cheer and warmth in our voices let's shine a brilliant light of courage and hope on our friends' hearts. And ignite the powerful life force of the universe!
Come, let's advance in the new challenges we face by setting clear and specific goals! It's that strong determined prayer, based on daimoku, as well as the concrete action we take, which serve as the driving force for the expansion and development of our movement for kosen-rufu.
The Daishonin encourages us, "If the spirit of many in body but one in mind prevails among the people, they will achieve all their goals.*" Unity is the source of hope. Let's hold the type of harmonious discussion meetings where everyone resultantly feels they can start anew towards achieving their respective victories and successes!
This is the faith that enables us to develop a life condition of supreme value. If we exert ourselves in the two ways of practice and study, we are certain to become people who can appreciate everything in life and who are never defeated by anything! Let's therefore, advance along the great and correct path of our human revolution.
The growth and development of young people is the light for victory in the future. Let's give all the support and encouragement we can to our young men and women who by exerting themselves in their practice and study of Buddhism are trying to achieve their very best.
All of our Future Division members ( primarily primary and secondary school young people) are the priceless treasures of humankind and to all of those members who have the role of looking after and fostering these young people, may I say thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your efforts. You are indeed distinguished dedicated people who are truly supporting the development of a new era.
The strength and development in our solidarity for kosen-rufu is possible only because of the noble efforts and support of those who tirelessly work behind the scenes! Let's wholeheartedly applaud and praise the efforts of members who are sincerely engaged in dialogue, chanting for their friends' happiness and taking concrete steps to lead them in that direction!