It’s nigh on always young people’s enthusiasm and passion that creates a new history. Today also, my dear friends, with resolved determination and fresh new resilience, put all your might into whatever it is you are aiming to achieve!
Translation of "To My Friends" published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda's recent guidance, with universal value and application
Each one of us is a protagonist for kosen-rufu! With this conviction and assurance, let's build heart to heart bonds as we strive together towards our goals. With the spirit to not leave even a single person behind, let’s build our solidarity for happiness and victory!
The Daishonin teaches, “The wise will rejoice while the foolish will retreat.” Joyfully arousing our spirits, let’s strike back against the gales of adversity beating down upon us! Together, let’s build a life that we can be proud of!
From our districts let's take a great leap forwards and make a breakthrough in our efforts for kosen-rufu! District leaders (MD/WD), always remember that it’s your strong determination and resolve that opens the door to a new era! Please take the lead in inspiring everyone with hope!
If Buddhism is about victory or defeat, then in that case, a half-hearted attitude is one’s greatest enemy. First make a vow, then challenge yourself to fulfil that vow! Those who continue to put forth their best effort, to the very end, no matter what happens, are adorned with shining glorious victories in life.
Our faith and practice is about courage. Victory in the challenges we face is determined by the momentum we have. Brimming with abundant life force, let’s speak to as many people as we can (about what our movement is trying to do), without hesitation! Just as the Daishonin encourages us, “The voice carries out the work of the Buddha."
Each and every one of us is playing the leading role in the movement for the creation of peace. The greatest spirit of Establishing the Correct Teaching for the Peace of the Land (Rissho Ankoku) has continuously and perfectly been inherited in the solidarity of Soka. Let’s, therefore, continue to advance with pride in what we are doing!
The true value of a Buddhist manifests itself in their 'behaviour'. People understand and empathise with what we believe in and talk about through seeing our actual actions and attitude such as when we are courteous and speak politely and with honest caring words.
Today, yet again, let’s engage in conversation! Starting with the people in the local neighbourhood, who are closest to us in proximity, let’s expand waves of friendship far and wide. Getting out and about and meeting people, is exactly what kosen-rufu is all about!
What opens up the path to our future is the inner will and strength to realise our goals. “That's it! I’m going to do it!” When we set clear targets for ourselves and chant about them we’re able to muster up unlimited strength and courage!