To My Friends

The flame infused with their vow burns
brightly amidst raging winds in the hearts
of my beloved friends of Kyushu!
Swiftly scale the slope of kosen-rufu to
raise the trailblazing banner atop the
zenith of your life and resound the
song of joy throughout the world!

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 take great pride and
advance with the spirit,
“I am Soka Gakkai [International]!”
Nichiren Daishonin states,
“[The greater the hardships
befalling him,] the greater the delight
he feels[, because of his strong faith].”(*)
Let’s unleash the immeasurable
powers of the Buddha and the Law
with the indomitable powers of our
faith and practice!

(*)”A Ship to Cross the Sea of Suffering,” WND I, 33

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

Nichiren Daishonin states,
“Even though one may resort to
harsh words, if such words help
the person to whom they are
addressed, then they are worthy
to be regarded as truthful words.”(*)
Let’s boldly speak the truth!
Sincere actions will always lead to trust.

(*)”The Tripitaka Master Shan-wu-wei,” WND I, p. 178
[Note: Although translated as “harsh words,” the meaning here may be closer to “strong words” or “strict words”

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 chronicle a history of
resounding victory as we take on
the challenge of expanding kosen-rufu
toward spring, bringing to bloom
cherry blossoms of Soka in
rampant profusion!
Let’s firmly unite with the spirit of
many in body, one in mind, and
make a roaring advance bursting
with boundless joy!

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

Soka Gakkai’s ever-victorious formula
is to advance with the strategy of
the Lotus Sutra.
Let’s win the battle for possession(*)
between the Buddha and our inner
negative forces with powerful prayer!

(*) cf. “The Great Battle,” WND 2, p. 465

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

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