To My Friends

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.”

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

Let’s warmly thank and encourage
our treasured friends who are
striving for kosen-rufu,
“showing [them] the same respect
you would a Buddha.”(*)
From single word spoken from the heart,
waves of hope will spread.

“The Fourteen Slanders,” WND 1, p. 757
You should rise and greet him from afar, showing him the same respect
you would a Buddha.

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

Let’s meet people and engage
in conversation.
That is what kosen-rufu is about.
Let’s reach out with an open
heart and create bonds.
From that courageous first step,
a new friendship is born.

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

Take utmost precautions to protect
yourselves from the typhoon!
Be absolutely careful in the pouring
rain and watch out for high tides
and flooding from rising rivers.
Never let down your guard!
I also ask our “uncrowned friends,” the
organizational newspaper deliverers,
to make safety your priority and not push
yourselves beyond unreasonable limits.

(*)Japan has been experiencing extreme weather in recent months.

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

Let’s go to our friends who
are suffering the most.
This is the action of a Buddhist.
Let’s share our hope-filled philosophy
with them and together dramatically

transform our negative situation into
one of positive value, thus
“changing poison into medicine”!(*)

(*) The Buddhist principle that earthly desires and suffering can be transformed into benefit and enlightenment by virtue of the power of the Law.

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

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