May our Men’s and Women’s Division members always wholeheartedly support and encourage our Youth Division members who are striving to share this Buddhism with others! Collaborating closely with one another, united in our hearts and spirit, let’s advance resolutely towards victory!
Translation of "To My Friends" published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda's recent guidance, with universal value and application
The example that “leaders" set and the proactive initiatives we take are the source of energy and enthusiasm that gives birth to the momentum for one and all. It’s important that each of us take it upon ourselves to stand alone and enthusiastically advance in the midst of our activities!
To respect and treasure each individual - this is the humanism that we practise. The Daishonin teaches, "Words echo the thoughts of the mind.” It’s time to engage in dialogue with as many people as we can that is full of the hope and confidence we have in this practise, so helping others to gain an understanding and connection with Nichiren Buddhism!
A new era develops together with fresh new people. It’s in the activities of the local districts and groups that the real hive of the kosen-rufu movement is found. With everyone’s daimoku and by combining all our efforts, let’s raise all the talented and able individuals we can so that together we can become the pillars of the new era of kosen-rufu!
When we sing Gakkai songs, songs for kosen-rufu, everyone feels uplifted and waves of courage spread. Voicing our determination in song, let's advance together with the spirit of "One in Mind"!
The first and most important thing for those in leadership roles is to take the initiative in helping members who are really in the midst of great problems and trouble! By visiting members who are in such difficulties, and encouraging them with all we’ve got, we naturally develop and widen the noble path of Kosen-rufu!
Let’s always make a point of expressing our appreciation to the families who offer their homes for our SGI activities! Let exercise good common sense and be very careful about the neighbours especially in regard to parking our bicycles, cars or other means of transport and talking outside the meeting place. The expansion of kosen-rufu starts right where we stand!
Nichiren Daishonin said: “This is my vow, and I will never forsake it!." A person who can follow through with their vow is a true victor! Our lives are like dramas, so let’s live out our roles to the best of our abilities, adventurously and dramatically!
Speed is the crucial element for the expansion of kosen-rufu. Lets be sure to let people know what is going on and report what has taken place both with lightening speed. Let's forge ahead with a single minded focus determined to achieve what it is we have set out to do, no matter what!
The Daishonin states, “Teach others to the best of your ability, even if it is only a single sentence or phrase.”* The time has come for us to start afresh in spreading the Great Law together with our fellow bodhisattvas throughout the world, starting by participating in our joy and hope-filled local discussion meeting.