The Daishonin encourages us, “Carry through with your faith in the Lotus Sutra.” It is our unremitting and unceasing efforts, till the end, that are the key to living victorious lives! Let’s be the ones who never give up and face any challenge no matter what!
Translation of "To My Friends" published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda's recent guidance, with universal value and application
All of us SGI members, are the proud heroes and heroines of the kosen-rufu movement. “The 'great vow' refers to the propagation of the Lotus Sutra." Brimming with the very spirit of the Soka Gakkai's founding, let’s challenge ourselves to develop and expand our solidarity!
The Daishonin encourages us, "If you live even one day longer, you can accumulate that much more benefit." Never ever be defeated by the obstacle of illness! Let’s try to live, brimming with an ever stronger life force, our precious lives fulfilling our unique and noble missions!
When the seasons change as like now, it's important to take extra care of ourselves. Let’s try to use our wisdom and common sense so that we don’t get too tired everyday, by having well balanced meals, sleeping as needed, doing the appropriate amount of exercise, etc. Let’s advance by applying our faith and practice to our daily lives!
Our steady and consistent efforts to visit our fellow members and offer them warm encouragement and support is the very driving force for the advancement of kosen-rufu. By having frank and candid conversations, listening and talking to them with honest concern, let’s try to create a new wave together and make this year truly victorious!
To be quick on the uptake and to immediately respond is the key to the successful development of good relations with others. By quickly taking the appropriate actions and showing our honest concern, let’s expand the circles of trust we have with the people around us!
There is no such thing as deadlock when we are living our lives for the sake of kosen-rufu. Let's transform everything into something that is meaningful! And with strong optimism, may a fresh new spirit arise in our hearts just like a new morning sun!
Towards our most proud anniversary, the Soka Gakkai’s founding, November 18th, let’s together make fresh new determinations and forge ahead in expanding kosen-rufu! By striving wholeheartedly to make new friends and having more people who support and understand (what it is we are trying to achieve,) let’s open up a whole new era!
"The pillar of Japan" is victorious. Hurrah for everyone's unstinting devotion! Even if all of our dedicated efforts might be unseen by others, it is most certain that the Buddha and bodhisattvas are witnessing them. Now, brimming with all that great good fortune and benefit and continuing to help others to form a connection with Buddhism, let's advance with great pride!
All of our selfless dedication and painstaking efforts for the sake of kosen-rufu will “remain as the only memory of our present lives in this human world" and become immeasurable benefits and good fortune that adorn our lives. Aiming towards the glorious anniversary of the Soka Gakkai's founding, let's all strive together to make a triumphant history!
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