To My Friends

Buddhism teaches the principle of
“cherry, plum, peach and damson blossoms,”(*)
which elucidates the unique diversity and
beauty of all living entities.
Let’s shine a light upon each person’s
individuality and character and hold
discussion meetings overflowing with joy.
Nichiren Daishonin states,
“the more one praises [the blessings of
the Lotus Sutra,] the more one’s own
blessings will increase.(**)
Let’s create a dynamic tidal wave
of capable individuals!

(*)cf OTT p. 200
(*)”The Blessings of the Lotus Sutra,” WND I p. 673

Tentative translation of “Words of the Week” published in the Seikyo
Shimbun, based on President Ikeda’s recent guidance.

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To My Friends

When we understand what our mission is,
our potential will unfold remarkably.
Let’s never forget our sense of purpose
and advance together with our
cherished friends toward kosen-rufu
and victory in life!

Tentative translation of “To My Friends” published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda’s recent guidance.

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To My Friends

“The seeds of Buddhahood
sprout through causation.”(*)
Let’s cherish the friendships we
have fostered and help cultivate
new connections to Buddhism!
Let’s create a solidarity based on
creating happiness for oneself and
others that illuminates our local
community and all of society!

(*)”On the Properties of Rice,” WND 1, p. 1117; from the Lotus Sutra,
Chapter Two–Expedient Means

Tentative translation of “To My Friends” published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda’s recent guidance.

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To My Friends

“Faith is rejoicing.”(*)
Let’s vibrantly share our
experience of practicing
Nichiren Buddhism!
Then joy and confidence will spread.
Let’s light a fire of determination
in the hearts of our friends!

(*)from The Recorded Lectures, also known as Niko’s Records. A compilation of Nichiren Daishonin’s lectures at Mount Minobu between 1278 and 1280, recorded by Niko, one of the six senior priests designated by the Daishonin. “Rejoicing is faith, and faith is
rejoicing.”

Tentative translation of “To My Friends” published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda’s recent guidance.

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Let’s encourage our friends
who are battling illness and
inspire hope and reassurance
in those who are caring for
sick or elderly family members!
The Bodhisattva practice of
“replacing suffering with joy”
is our noble path as Buddhists.

Tentative translation of “To My Friends” published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda’s recent guidance.

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