To My Friends

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.”

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

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.”

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

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!

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

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.

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To My Friends

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!

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

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