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A translation of President Ikeda’s “To My Friends”
published in the Seikyo Shimbun and more.
Thursday, Sep 25th, 2014
— TO MY FRIENDS —
For all newly appointed leaders, remember that the start is most crucial.
With actions that are based on the spirit of challenging
an earnest, win or lose struggle,
let’s generate waves of advancement!
Stand up with a fresh new determination and resolve!
Thursday, Sep 25th, 2014
— DAILY GOSHO —
(The Nirvana Sutra states: “Have no fear of mad elephants. What you
should fear are evil friends! Why?) Because a mad elephant can only
destroy your body; it cannot destroy your mind. (But an evil friend
can destroy both body and mind. . . . Even if you are killed by a mad
elephant, you will not fall into the three evil paths. But if you are
killed by an evil friend, you are certain to fall into them”)
(On the Protection of the Nation, The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Vol 2, page 135)
Selection source: “Kyo no Hosshin”, Seikyo Shimbun, Sept 25th, 2014
Friday, Sep 26th, 2014
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“Shakyamuni Buddha states that the Lotus Sutra ‘will face much hostility in the world and be difficult to believe’ (LSOC14, 246). True to those words, there are many cases in which, in our attempts to share with complete sincerity the correct teaching of Buddhism, we encounter closed minds and hardened hearts.
“But second Soka Gakkai president Josei Toda, the great leader of propagation, said: ‘How to spread the Mystic Law, how to enable people to become happy, how to advance our movement for kosen-rufu—there are no more wonderful problems to concern ourselves with than these concerns of the Buddha.’ All our efforts in such areas will, based on the principle that ‘earthy desires lead to enlightenment,’ deepen the life state of Buddhahood within us and enable us to accumulate boundless good fortune.”
SGI Newsletter No. 9088, Engaging in Joyful Dialogues with Bright Hope and Confidence, from the October 2014 issue of the Daibyakurenge, translation released 18th Sep., 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–
SHINNIN NO “LEADER” WA
“START” GA KANJIN DA.
SHINKENSHOBU NO KODO DE
ZENSHIN E NO HADO O!
SEISHIN NO KETSUI DE TATE!
— KYO NO GOSHO —
AKUZOTO WA TADA YOKU MI O YABURITE KOKORO O YABURU ATAWAZU
(Gosho Zenshu pg. 65)