A translation of President Ikeda’s “To My Friends”
published in the Seikyo Shimbun and more.
Thursday, July 10th, 2014
— TO MY FRIENDS —
Let’s encourage as many members as possible
to challenge the study reviews this coming autumn!*
Capable and talented new members are born
when we learn and engage together with them in study!
* Many SGI organisations are planing to hold study exams this coming autumn.
Thursday, July 10th, 2014
— DAILY GOSHO —
“Myo means to revive, that is, to return to life.”
(The Daimoku of the Lotus Sutra – The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin,
Vol.1, page 149) Selection Source: “Kyo no Hosshin”, Seikyo Shinbun, July 10th, 2014
Friday, July 11th, 2014
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“Out of his wish that Shijo Kingo win in his present circumstances, in the place where he possessed an important mission, the Daishonin stressed that a wise person is one who is not carried away by the eight winds. The eight winds are conditions that obstruct the practice of Buddhism, consisting of the four favourable winds of prosperity, honour, praise, and pleasure, and the four adverse winds of decline, disgrace, censure, and suffering. These are defined as follows:
“Prosperity – Prospering through gain or advantage.
Honour – Being honoured or acclaimed by the public.
Praise – Being praised by those around one.
Pleasure – Experiencing enjoyment, physically or mentally.
Decline – Suffering various kinds of loss or disadvantage.
Disgrace – Being scorned by the public.
Censure – Being slandered by those around one.
Suffering – Experiencing suffering, physically or mentally.
“Generally, people welcome the four favourable winds and seek to avoid the four adverse winds, but even the four favourable winds represent only temporary, relative forms of happiness.
“If we allow our behaviour to be ruled by considerations of short-term gain or loss or the reaction of public opinion—if we become obsessed with what others think of us, focus only on superficial appearances and form, and overlook what’s really important—we won’t stand a chance when confronted with turbulent times of momentous change. It is crucial that we forge a solid self that is impervious to all of the eight winds.
“The Daishonin asserts that the heavenly deities—the benevolent forces of the universe—will protect those who are ‘neither elated by prosperity nor grieved by decline’ but remain ‘unbending before the eight winds’ (WND-1, 794).”
SGI Newsletter No. 9028, Learning from the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin:
The Teachings for Victory,  “The Eight Winds”, from the
October 2013 issue of the Daibyakurenge, translation released 4th July, 2014
* The Japanese kanji is available by clicking on Seikyo Shinbun’s
web-site address at http://www.seikyoonline.jp/news/index.html
— WAGATOMO NI OKURU —
KONSHU NO KYOGAKU SHIKEN NI
OKU MEMBER GA
IDOMERU YO GEKIREI O!
TOMO NI MANABI KATARIAU NAKA DE
ARATANA JINZAI WA SODATSU!
— KYO NO GOSHO —
“MYO TOWA SOSEI NO GI NARI SOSEI TO MOSUWA YOMIGAERU GI NARI”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 947)