To My Friends

[As a Japanese proverb goes,]
“One is the mother of ten thousand.”
One earnestly determined individual
surpasses the force of ten thousand.
Therefore, let’s each “stand alone”
and sincerely encourage one person!

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 only real failure is refusing to challenge
oneself because of the fear of failure.
Remember, “A coward cannot have any
of his prayers answered.”(*)
Let’s take a courageous step forward!

(*)”The Strategy of the Lotus Sutra,” WND I, p. 1001

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

Sincere, warmhearted words will
reach the listener without fail.
Let’s continue to pray for the happiness
of our friends and use our voice to
encourage them with “words that
echo the thoughts of the mind.”(*)

(*)”The Unanimous Declaration by the Buddhas…,” WND 2, 843
“Words echo the thoughts of the mind and find expression through the voice.”(*)

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 “verdant fields” of kosen-rufu
will expand to the extent we
ourselves develop and grow.
“It begins with me!”
“Yes! From today!”
Let’s set forth afresh with this resolve,
brimming with vibrant life force!

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

We have our faith and practice.
Therefore, no matter what,
we will never be deadlocked.
We can transform the winter of adversity
into a spring of happiness with the
Mystic Law that enables us to
“change 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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