The more we find ourselves confronted with adversity the more we burn with the indomitable spirit of “never being defeated.” Let’s help and encourage each other to keep on going, to keep on trying. This is the very heart and spirit of Soka. Now is the time for us to make that great advance based on unity and empathy!
Translation of "To My Friends" published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda's recent guidance, with universal value and application
The Daishonin encourages us, "You must simply make up your mind." The strength needed to break any deadlock that we are facing now is drawn forth by chanting daimoku infused with the vow to achieve kosen-rufu. Let’s exceed what we achieved yesterday. Let’s advance one step today, and if not that… half a step!
"One is the mother of ten thousand." By wholeheartedly treasuring every person we have the chance to meet, ten thousand waves of hope are widely spread. A breakthrough to victory lies right before our own eyes.
The Daishonin states: “do not depend on others.” Let’s do our utmost to overcome any carelessness or dependency we might have which leads to us easily assuming that “someone else will probably do it.” With the spirit of standing alone, let’s resolutely strive to shoulder the full responsibility!
Today’s hardships that we may encounter in our activities are in and of themselves a happy and enjoyable Buddhist practice that creates for eternal good fortune and benefit. By making up our minds, "We will be victorious, no matter what!" let’s advance with the heart of a lion king.
One single earnestly devoted person can help spread a great wave of expansion and develop strong bonds of unity with everyone. Let’s all take the initiative in taking such action! Let's never slacken in our repudiation of evil!
It is our groups' dynamic progress that decides the course to glorious success. To all of our noble men’s and women's group leaders, let’s create a great surge towards the resounding victory of Tokyo from our very own and much cherished group!
The Gosho states: “The stronger one’s faith, the greater the protection of the gods.” The extent to which the winds of adversity blow against us, is the extent to which we must move the protective forces of the universe with our strong inner determination and daimoku!
To our Mens’ division members striving, as ever, as the strongholds of our movement. Together, let’s win in our struggles with our vigorous, manly spirit! Come, let’s set our sights on achieving the very best we’ve ever achieved, overflowing with courage, fearing absolutely nothing!
Everyday is considered a brand new start when you’re living a life devoted towards achieving kosen-rufu. Let’s be sure to constantly take on new challenges, from this very moment, let's make the decision to advance with a fresh new determination!
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