Every Future Division member(*), without exception, is a capable individual with a profound mission. Let’s nurture them with heartfelt encouragement, as they are the world’s hope! Together, let’s spend the summer growing and advancing in leaps and bounds! (*)Young people approx. 6 to 18 years of age.
When our concern for people’s pains is reflected in our heart and in our efforts to share in their sufferings, the true measure of our faith is revealed. Be the source of assurance and hope for friends and illuminate their heart with light!
Youth who take action are the hope for achieving resilience– that is, the strength for surmounting all hardships. Youthful Bodhisattvas of the Earth, be the pillar of strength, wisdom and bright cheer in our quest to spread the humanistic philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism toward the realization of a peaceful and flourishing society!
Nichiren Daishonin states, “Both oneself and others together will take joy in their possession of wisdom and compassion.”(*) A boundless wellspring of love exists in the lives of all people. Buddhism enables us to manifest this boundless love!(*)The Orally Transmitted Teachings, p. 146
Our connections to people provides the strength and power for revival and resurgence. Let’s stay in close communications to ensure that no one feels isolated! Remember, “the voice carries out the work of the Buddha.”(*) (*)”Nam-myoho-renge-kyo” chapter, THE RECORD OF THE ORALLY TRANSMITTED TEACHINGS, p. 4
Nichiren Daishonin says, “[A tree] will not topple if it has a firm stake to hold it up.”(*) As long as there are people who lend their empathy and a helping hand, a person will absolutely not be defeated. Let’s all be a strong support for our friends!(*)”Three Tripitaka Masters Pray for Rain,” WND 1, p. 598
Take extra precautions against heatstroke! Never push yourself beyond your limits. Drink plenty of liquids, replenish sodium loss and maintain a moderate room temperature. To all those in areas affected by recent natural disasters, please take care of your health!
To all those affected by the torrential rains, I am sending you daimoku.(*) May you be safe! May you stay healthy! May you change poison into medicine!(**)(*) Torrential rains in southwestern Japan have caused massive mudslides and flooding, with the death toll at 126 and rising.(**) The Buddhist principle that earthly desires and suffering can be transformed into benefit and enlightenment by virtue of the power of the Law.
“Words echo the thoughts of the mind and find expression through the voice.”(*) “Encouragement week” is upon us.(**) Let’s engage in heartfelt conversations with our fellow members and inspire them with reassurance and hope.(*)”The Unanimous Declaration by the Buddhas…,” WND-2, 843 (**)In Soka Gakkai in Japan, one week out of each month is designated as “encouragement week” for spending time visiting, meeting and encouraging fellow members and keeping meetings to a minimum.
It is raining heavily in various locales. Let’s take strong precautions against flooding and mudslides. I ask our newspaper deliverers to make safety and being free of accidents your number one priority!