Our faith enables those who undergo the most hardships to become the happiest. Buddhism is a philosophy of hope. Let’s hold our head high and look forward! Let’s cheerfully aim for the pinnacle of glory!
When you bow to a mirror, your reflection will bow back to you.(*) When we engage in dialogue with respect for the other person, our Buddha nature will manifest itself. Let’s advance along the great path of happiness for oneself and others! (*)The Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings, p. 165 Actual full quote: “When one faces a mirror and makes a bow of obeisance: the image in the mirror likewise makes a bow of obeisance to oneself.”
Nichiren Daishonin urges us to “believe continuously without ever regressing.”(*) Nothing surpasses the power of perseverance. Actual proof of faith shines upon an indomitable individual! “The Two Kinds of Faith,” WND 1, p. 899 Full quote: “To have faith like water means to believe continuously without ever regressing.”
Are the goals I set clear cut? Am I absolutely firm in my resolve to accomplish these goals? Let’s ask ourselves these questions. A vow must be accomplished to be genuine!
It’s time for discussion meetings during the golden autumn season. Let’s pray together to come up with original, creative ideas for vibrant and dynamic gatherings! Let’s also thank the families who volunteer their homes and facilities for our activities and engage in discussions that sow seeds of happiness in people’s lives! Tentative translation of “Words of the Week” published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda’s recent guidance.
Buddhism is about the present and the future. We should dwell neither on past glories nor on past setbacks. Let’s advance with a refreshed spirit from now into the future!
Let’s attend the satellite broadcast of the monthly leaders meeting together with our children and grandchildren. Our interactions within the Soka family spark our spirit and character and serves as the best nourishment for our growth and development! Tentative translation of “To My Friends” published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda’s recent guidance.
It is autumn, a time for fostering capable individuals. Amidst our efforts to exert ourselves in the two ways of practice and study, let’s shine a light on new people and help them develop and manifest their abilities. Therein lies the future of kosen-rufu! Tentative translation of “To My Friends” published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda’s recent guidance.
What kind of difficulties are our friends undergoing? What are they seeking? Having a deep understanding of their needs and concerns is the first step toward encouraging them. Make steady and sincere efforts, and don’t be impatient! Tentative translation of “To My Friends” published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda’s recent guidance.
The mighty powers of faith and practice will activate the powers of the Buddha and the Law, leading to the steady appearance of benefits. Let’s lead lives of complete satisfaction and fulfillment basing ourselves on the principle of “prayer” leads to “practice.” [NOTE: The four powers = The power of the Buddha, the power of the Law, the power of faith, and the power of practice. In Nichiren’s teachings, the four powers are known as the four powers of the Mystic Law, whose interaction enables one to have one’s prayers answered and attain Buddhahood. TheRead more