To My Friends


–WORDS OF THE WEEK–
“The benefits to be gained by reciting
the five characters of Myoho-renge-kyo
[month after month, day after day]
are great indeed.”(*)
Let’s advance, chanting daimoku
infused with our great vow for
kosen-rufu, resounding with the
rhythm of a galloping white horse.
Let’s create value through prayer!

(*)”On Reciting the Daimoku of the Lotus Sutra,” WND 2, 229

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

You have a momentous mission
that is yours alone.
Let’s challenge the tasks at hand
patiently, always remaining
true to ourselves.
Be a person of courage and action!

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 rid ourselves of preconceptions.
We should not definitively assume who
a person is simply by their circumstances,
title or even their ideologies.
We practice Buddhism to be able to see
a person just as they are and make a
heart to heart connection.

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

Our faith enables those who undergo
the most hardships to become the happiest.
Buddhism is a philosophy of hope.
Let’s hold our head high and look forward!
Let’s cheerfully aim for the pinnacle of glory!

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

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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