The greatest obstacle that prevents you from advancing is not the environment that surrounds you. It is your own cowardly heart. “Summon up the courage of a lion king”(*) and tackle what must be done right now with all your might! (*)”On Persecutions Befalling the Sage,” WND I, p. 997.
Nichiren Daishonin states, “Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is like the roar of a lion.”(*) Our faith and practice enables us to achieve good health and long life. Those of you who are fighting sickness and family members who are supporting them– never be defeated! (*)”Letter to Kyo’o,” WND I p. 412 Tentative translation of “To My Friends” published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda’s recent guidance.
Leaders should be modest and humble. Let’s convey our appreciation and respect for those around us through our words and actions. This is in keeping with Nichiren Daishonin’s words, “The purpose of the appearance in this world of Shakyamuni Buddha … lies in his behavior as a human being.”(*) (*) “The Three Kinds of Treasure,” WND-1, p. 853
“One’s thoughts are expressed in one’s voice.”(*) Let’s acknowledge and express our appreciation for the tireless efforts of our treasured friends and lavish them with praise and encouragement! Let’s create golden waves of joy!(*) Opening the Eyes of Wooden and Painted Images, WND 1, p. 86
August 26, 2018 –TO MY FRIENDS– Let’s treasure our new members and young people! Fresh power and strength will create a new history. Let’s build our districts into castles of capable individuals!
Continue to pray for others’ happiness and let your voice of conviction ring true. This is the key to dialogue! Let’s engage in wide-ranging discussions with friends with whom we share a connection, and spiritedly cultivate friendships.
Don’t rely on someone else. Break down the walls of limitations yourself! Each one of us is a trailblazer in the new era of kosen-rufu! Let’s advance along the great path of our mission with great pride!
The Daishonin advises, “The best way to attain Buddhahood is to encounter a good friend.”(*) A good friend with whom you can discuss anything and everything is life’s treasure. Let’s advance together with our noble fellow members!(*)”Three Tripitaka Masters Pray for Rain,” WND 1, p. 598
Those who wholeheartedly dedicate themselves to the basics of faith, practice and study are strong. This is because they have built a spiritual and philosophical foundation in their lives. Every day, let’s advance, and every day, let’s refresh our determination!
A life lived for kosen-rufu is remarkably bright and cheerful! Great happiness and growth arise from great ideals and challenges. We are eternal trailblazers!