To My Friends

Don’t be defeated by illness!
As the Daishonin strongly admonishes,
“What sickness can therefore
be an obstacle?”(*)
Thoroughly pray with the strong
determination to completely
rejuvenate all the cells in your body!

(*)”Reply to Kyo’o,” WND I, p. 412

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To My Friends

You have associated with a friend
in the orchid room and have
become as straight as mugwort
growing among hemp.(*)
Engaging with people enables
us to help one another polish
our character and elevate
our life condition.
Let’s cultivate and spread our
connection with good friends.

(*)”On Establishing the Correct Teaching for the Peace of the Land,” WND-1, 23)
“A friend in the orchid room” indicates a person of virtue. The implication is that the company of a virtuous person works as a good influence, just as one is imbued with fragrance on entering a room filled with orchids. It is said that mugwort supported by
hemp plants grows upright.

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To My Friends

Our Buddhist practice enables us
to win over our impulse to give up
and give in to cowardice.
Let’s absolutely surmount every
wall of obstacle standing in our way
with resolute prayer!

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To My Friends

Striving one day for the sake of
kosen-rufu surpasses “a hundred years
of practice in the Land of Perfect Bliss.”(*)
So, today, again, let’s widely convey the truth
and cultivate people’s connection to Buddhism
while accumulating great benefit!

(*)”On Repaying Debts of Gratitude,” WND-1, 736

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To My Friends

Nichiren Daishonin beseeches,
“My disciples, form your ranks
and follow me.”(*)
Successors, arise!
Engage in a courageous struggle
waged with words and expand
the solidarity of [people united
for the cause of] good!

(*)”The Actions of the Votary of the Lotus Sutra,” WND I, p. 765.

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