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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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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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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