A translation of President Ikeda’s “To My Friends”
published in the Seikyo Shimbun and more.
Tuesday, Oct 28th, 2014
— TO MY FRIENDS —
Though we might find ourselves in the midst of a hectic life,
let’s try to spare some time to read!
Even five minutes of reading a day can go a long way.
A person who is constantly investing time in learning
is never deadlocked!
Tuesday, Oct 28th, 2014
— DAILY GOSHO —
“Today there are people who have faith in the Lotus Sutra. The belief of some is like fire while that of others is like water. When the former listen to the teachings, their passion flares up like fire, but as time goes on, they tend to discard their faith. To have faith like water means to believe continuously without ever regressing.”
The Two Kinds of Faith
– The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol.1, page 899
Selection source: Myoji no Gen, Seikyo Shimbun, October 27th, 2014
Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2014
—— DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT ——
“Our warm and welcoming SGI gatherings—open to members and guests alike—shine as in light of hope illuminating our communities. As frozen hearts melt, trust grows. When we foster strong ties with our neighbours and others close to us, the realm of Soka will become a safe haven for them at a crucial moment.
“No matter how others may respond, let’s take the initiative to greet them and expand the circle of those who have a connection with Nichiren Buddhism. Our women’s division members are role models in this sphere.
“In helping others, working for their happiness—a sense of purpose shines. Doing so gives us joy and the strength to live our lives. It enables us to do our human revolution.
“Nichiren Daishonin states: ‘“Joy” means that oneself and others together experience joy’ (OTT, 146). True joy and the greatness of faith lie in the fact that we strive not only for our own happiness but help others become happy, too. Our sincere concern and prayers for others will definitely be understood by them someday.”
SGI Newsletter No. 9109, Opening a New Era of Kosen-rufu Together, (37) Talking to Others about Nichiren Buddhism with Courage and Joy, from 13th Oct., 2014, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun translation released 21st Oct., 2014
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–WAGATOMO NI OKURU–
TABO NA NAKA NI ATTE MO
DOKUSHO NO ITOMA O TSUKURO!
ICHINICHI GO FUN DE MO II.
MANABI TUZUKERU JINSEI NI
IKI ZUMARI WA NAI!
— KYO NO GOSHO —
“SOMOSOMO IMA NO TOKI HOKEKYO O SHINZURU HITO ARI ARUIWA HI NO GOTOKU SHINZURU HITOMO ARI ARUIWA MIZU NO GOTOKU SHINZURU HITO MO ARI CHOMON SURU TOKI WA MOETATSUBAKARI OMOEDOMO TOZAKARINUREBA SUTSURU KOKORO ARI MIZU NO GOTOKU TO MOSUWA ITSUMO TAISEZU SHINZURU NARI”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 1544)