The study of Nichiren Buddhism is our guidepost to victory. Those who study the gosho while striving for kosen-rufu are strong. Serenely embark on a great voyage of life while weathering and winning over every storm! Tentative translation of “To My Friends” published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda’s recent guidance.
The “seeds of Buddhahood” are sown widely in the inner realm of our friends’ hearts to the extent we engage them in dialogue. Let’s praise one another for our strenuous efforts and joyfully expand the fellowship of the Bodhisattvas of the Earth!
“If one joint [of a bamboo] is ruptured, then all the joints will split.”(*) A single, earnest individual can create a momentous history. Let’s advance with courage upon courage! (*)”Letter to Horen,” WND 1, p. 512 (referring to the domino effect, or a chain reaction)
“One’s thoughts are expressed in one’s voice.”(*) Our deep prayers with our friends in our thoughts will definitely reverberate in their hearts. Let’s sincerely and refreshingly spread dialogue infused with happiness. (*)Opening the Eyes of Wooden and Painted Images, WND 1, p. 86
We are in a time when people are deeply and strongly seeking Buddhism. When we take action remaining true to our convictions, we can gain rapport and understanding. Let’s expand our solidarity of good!
For what purpose do we live? The depth of our aspirations determines our life’s worth. Let’s exuberantly advance along our chosen path toward the great ideal of kosen-rufu!
When we dedicate our lives to the Mystic Law, we are able to develop an indestructible life condition that is unswayed by difficulties. Together, let’s lead lives brimming with “eternity, happiness, true self and purity”!
Influenza is rampant! Rigorously observe preventative measures such as washing your hands, gargling, wearing surgical masks(*), using a humidifier and drinking plenty of liquids. Let’s take the best care of our health! (*)In Japan and some other densely populated Asian countries, it is social etiquette to wear a surgical mask when one has a cold or flu to prevent spreading the virus. It is also worn to keep from catching cold or the flu.
The general meetings of the “sisters of the Kayokai(*),” redolent with hopes and dreams, herald the coming of spring. “[‘Joy’ means that] oneself and others together experience joy.”(**) Let’s illuminate society and the future with the light of friendship and inspiration! (*)Kayokai is a special young women’s training group throughout the SGI. In Japan, the young women are holding commemorative meetings in January. (**)Refers to “joy” [in the passage “the benefits of responding with joy” (OTT, 146)
With society undergoing continuous change and transformation, cherish the opinions of women and give full play to the ideas of youth! This is the SGI tradition that enables us to grow and develop eternally.