As Nichiren Daishonin states, “the more one praises [the blessings of the Lotus Sutra,] the more one’s own blessings will increase.(*) Let’s unstintingly praise one another for each of our noble efforts! The solidarity of the Soka family is the driving force for hope and dynamic development! (*)”The Blessings of the Lotus Sutra,” WND I p. 673 Tentative translation of “To My Friends” published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda’s recent guidance.
The protagonists for kosen-rufu do not moan or complain. They are able to break through their lesser self and lead lives based on their greater self. Therein lies our noble philosophy, infused with deep insight into human nature and life.
Our districts are the “mother port” for kosen-rufu. Let’s invite friends and hold lively discussion meetings that herald a fresh voyage in the Year of Brilliant Achievement! Reveling in “what a joy it is,”(*) let’s joyously and courageously share Nichiren Buddhism with others! (*)”Letter to Niike,” WND 1, p. 1026 Full excerpt: “What a joy it is for us to have been born in the Latter Day of the Law and to have shared in the propagation of the Lotus Sutra! How pitiful are those who, though born in this time, cannot believe in this sutra!”
Let’s meet with friends and engage them in conversation! It is through dialogue that people are able to greatly develop themselves. With our lives brimming with vibrant enthusiasm, let’s bring “flowers of friendship” to bloom in abundant profusion!
Let’s lend our support to the Future Division members(*)! Let’s provide encouragement that brings smiles to the faces of these precious children! Let’s lighten their hearts and infuse them with confidence! (*)Young people approximately 6 to 18 years old.
Beware of snowdrifts and icy roads. Make safety your number one priority and never take unnecessary risks! I am praying for the absolute safety of all our fellow members, beginning with the organizational newspaper deliverers.
The most significant victory is winning over yourself. Today, let’s thoroughly live without regrets, taking even one step forward!
Guard against influenza! Rigorously observe preventative measures such as washing your hands, gargling, using a humidifier and wearing surgical masks(*). Based on strong prayer, let’s wisely achieve good 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 dynamic development of our district begins with satisfying and fruitful planning meetings. Let’s value everyone’s opinions, focus on the main points and use our time effectively.
In dialogue, the first step is to have the courage to open up and engage someone in a heart-to-heart discussion. Remember that “words echo the thoughts of the mind and find expression through the voice.”(*) Speak with courage and sincerity!(*)WND-2, 843