To My Friends

Soka Gakkai is a realm in which we
share in our sufferings and joys
together and encourage one another.
With our solidarity of good friends,
let’s advance, grounded in the Buddhist
principle of “changing poison into medicine”!(*)
Let’s reach out with heartfelt voices
of profound and warm concern!

(**) The principle that earthly desires and suffering can be transformed into benefit and enlightenment by virtue of the power of the Law.

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

“Words echo the thoughts of the mind

and find expression through
the voice.”(*)
“Encouragement week” is upon us.(**)
Let’s engage in heartfelt conversations
with our fellow members and inspire
them with reassurance and hope.

(*)”The Unanimous Declaration by the Buddhas…,” WND-2, 843
(**)In Soka Gakkai in Japan, one week out of each month is designated as “encouragement week” for spending time visiting, meeting and encouraging fellow members and keeping meetings to a minimum.

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

It is raining heavily in various locales.
Let’s take strong precautions against
flooding and mudslides.
I ask our newspaper deliverers to
make safety and being free of
accidents your number one priority!

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

A leader of kosen-rufu should
be conscientious, and at times
bold and daring!
With strong prayer as the
foundation, take excellent
leadership that shines in history!

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 Daishonin encourages us to
“believe continuously without ever regressing.”(*)
With faith like flowing water, let’s build
an indestructible palace of happiness
in our lives!

(*)”The Two Kinds of Faith,” WND I, p. 899

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

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