To My Friends

“The deeper the roots, the more
luxuriant the branches.”(*)
Efforts and prayers unseen by
others determine future victory.
Every day, strive to take action
that you can take pride in and
for which you have no regret.

(*)”The Farther the Source, the Longer the Stream,” WND-1, p. 941

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

Brimming with hopes and dreams,
let’s spread people’s connections
to Buddhism and create a realm of
peace and prosperity in our communities.
Together, with pride, let’s live to fulfill
a great and noble ideal!

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

Buddhism teaches that
“the phantom city is identical
with the treasure land.”(*)
Let’s work toward reaching our goal
with all our might!
The challenging spirit to exert ourselves
will lead our lives to shine with the
supreme life condition of happiness!

(*)OTT, p. 72
The phantom city indicates the three vehicles of voice-hearers, cause-awakened ones, and bodhisattvas, and the treasure land is the one vehicle of Buddhahood.

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

Proclaiming “This is my vow,”(*)
let’s make a sweeping advance with
the spirit of many in body, one in mind,
together with our worldwide treasured friends,
fellow Bodhisattvas of the Earth.
Let’s courageously exert ourselves
in the “two ways of practice and study”
with our lives brimming with
profound joy and buoyant spirits!

(*)”Opening of the Eyes, Part Two,” WND I p. 281
“This is my vow, and I will never forsake it!”

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

Proclaiming “This is my vow,”(*)
let’s make a sweeping advance with
the spirit of many in body, one in mind,
together with our worldwide treasured friends,
fellow Bodhisattvas of the Earth.
Let’s courageously exert ourselves
in the “two ways of practice and study”
with our lives brimming with
profound joy and buoyant spirits!

(*)”Opening of the Eyes, Part Two,” WND I p. 281
“This is my vow, and I will never forsake it!”

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

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