To My Friends

The direct path to creating happiness
for both oneself and others is to expand
people’s connection to Buddhism.
Let’s each tap the wellspring of wisdom
from within and cheerfully chronicle
a personal history of fostering and
nurturing friendships.

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,
“You must not spend your lives in vain and
regret it for ten thousand years to come.”(*)
Let’s stride unerringly along the path
of one’s self-determined mission!
Be a champion who advances dynamically
for the sake of kosen-rufu!

(*)”The Problem to be Pondered Night and Day,” WND I, 622

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 essence of Buddhism lies
in our “behavior as a human being.”(*)
We can show actual proof of our practice
and gain others’ trust by taking action
with unwavering sincerity with prayers
for the flourishing of our community
and workplace!

(*)”The Three Kinds of Treasure,” WND I, p. 852
“The purpose of the appearance in this world of Shakyamuni Buddha, the lord of teachings, lies in his behavior as a human being.”

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

Life is about struggling with difficulties.
We are able to greatly develop our
life condition to the extent we undergo
hardships.
Let’s triumph over ourselves with
untiring perseverance and a
challenging spirit!

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

Rather than being passive and reactive,
let’s challenge ourselves to be proactive
and initiate action with the resolve,
“All right! I’ll show that I can do it.”
Let’s make progress in expanding
kosen-rufu with the spirit to always
be the protagonist.

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

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