Nichiren Daishonin assures us that “Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is like the roar of a lion." By chanting powerful daimoku, let’s banish the devil of sickness from our lives! And let's relentlessly change poison into medicine!
Translation of "To My Friends" published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda's recent guidance with universal value and application
“Leaders” must never neglect to study and polish their understanding on a regular basis. I hope that you speak with freshness and vitality so that people feel encouraged, energised and spurred on to say: “Let’s make a go of it!”
The surest path to a peaceful and flourishing world* is through one to one dialogue. Let’s expand the warm brilliance of our friendships as we spread hope and encourage people through our sincere and genuine concern for them!
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the SGI’s founding. The blossom of great capable Bodhisattvas of the Earth is now widespread on all five continents. With the same spirit of Nichiren Daishonin, "But still I am not discouraged,"* let's live out our lives by planting the seeds of happiness!
The fundamental basics of our faith and practice are gongyo and daimoku! Changing our karma, achieving our human revolution, everything starts by our chanting. By brimming with a strong vibrant life force, let’s all be victorious and successful in what we do.
Let’s wholeheartedly support our young people who are trying to engage in dialogue with their friends. Each one of them has enormous capabilities and talents with unique missions to fulfil for kosen-rufu. It is through our warm and caring encouragement, as their seniors in faith, that they can gain the strength to break through whatever walls are in front of them!
All of our struggles that we are experiencing right now are certain to become priceless treasures in our lives. Therefore, never ever give up! To ensure all that dynamic progress ahead of us, let’s try to cultivate and polish our hearts and minds in the midst of the challenges we face!
It is not a question of “What might happen?” but one of “What must I do to make it happen?” It's from a change of heart within ourselves that everything starts to move! May the dawn of a new sun arise in our hearts!
Let’s be sure to make good use of those precious words “Thank you!” A spirit of gratitude and appreciation enriches our hearts and spreads happiness all around us.
Each time we challenge to overcome a difficult problem we become increasingly stronger than ever before. This is the heart and essence of our Buddhist practice. Those who never allow themselves to succumb to anything, who never give in, are, in the end, without fail, victorious!
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