A translation of President Ikeda’s “To My Friends”
published in the Seikyo Shimbun and more.
Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
— TO MY FRIENDS –
The strength and development in our solidarity for kosen-rufu
is possible only because of the noble efforts and support
of those who tirelessly work behind the scenes!
Let’s wholeheartedly applaud and praise the efforts
of members who are sincerely engaged in dialogue,
chanting for their friends’ happiness
and taking concrete steps to lead them in that direction!
Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
— DAILY GOSHO —
“Both of you have continued believing in the Lotus Sutra; thus you are now ridding yourselves of your grave offenses from the past. For example, the flaws in iron come to the surface when it is forged.”
(Letter to the Brothers – The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol.1, page 497)
Selection source: “Kyo no Hosshin”, Seikyo Shimbun, August 21st, 2014
Friday, Aug 22nd, 2014
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
” My mentor, second Soka Gakkai president Josei Toda, said: ‘All of our members are Bodhisattvas of the Earth who have emerged in the garden of the Soka Gakkai. Even members who may not be attending meetings now are certain to join us at a crucial moment.’
“While I was in Osaka in July 1956, I paid a home visit to a Kansai women’s division group leader. Just like many of our women’s division group and district leaders today, she strove earnestly for kosen-rufu while raising her young children—often bringing them to meetings with her—and caring for her ill mother-in-law. This women’s division leader passed away recently, but she remained actively engaged in Soka Gakkai activities to the very end. She once declared: ‘Our local community is a treasure land that has been entrusted to us by the Daishonin. There’s no way we won’t be able to expand our network of capable people and friends who share a connection with the Daishonin’s Buddhism.’ Loved and appreciated by members and nonmembers alike, she adorned her life with brilliant victory. This is the true Soka Gakkai spirit.”
SGI Newsletter No. 9067, Applauding Our Men’s and Women’s Division Group Leaders, from the September 2014 issue of the Daibyakurenge, translation released 18th Aug., 2014
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–WAGATOMO NI OKURU–
TOTOKI KAGE NO JINRYOKU ARITE
KOFU NO RENTAI WA KAKUDAI!
TOMO NO KOFUKU NO TAME
JIMICHI NI INORI, ARUKI
KATARU HITO NI SAIDAI NO SHOSAN O!
– KYO NO GOSHO –
“ONO-ONO ZUIBUN NI HOKEKYO O SHINZERARETSURU YUENI KAKO NO JUZAI O
SEME IDASHI TAMAITE SORO TATOEBA KUROGANE O YOKUYOKU KITAEBA KIZU NO
ARAWARURU GA GOTOSHI”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 1083)