A translation of President Ikeda’s “To My Friends”
published in the Seikyo Shimbun and more.Saturday, Jan 10th, 2015
— TO MY FRIENDS —
To all of our dearest young friends who have newly come-of-age,*
may you all live out your lives fulfilling your great vow.
That is how you can experience true satisfaction
and the glory of life as a human being.*The second Monday of January is Coming-of-Age Day, a Japanese national holiday, to congratulate those who have newly entered adulthood and encourage them to become self-reliant members of society.
Saturday, Jan 10th, 2015
Sunday, Jan 11th, 2015
“’Now when Nichiren and his followers perform ceremonies for the deceased, reciting the Lotus Sutra and chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, the ray of light from the daimoku reaches all the way to the hell of incessant suffering and makes it possible for them to attain Buddhahood then and there. This is the origin of the prayers for transference of merit for the deceased.’ (OTT, 17)
“The power of chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is unfathomable. The ‘light’ of the daimoku we chant reaches every corner of the universe, illuminating even those agonising in the hell of incessant suffering after death and enabling them to attain Buddhahood directly, says the Daishonin.
“In ‘The Offering of an Unlined Robe,’ the Daishonin writes [to the lady of Sajiki]: ‘Be firmly convinced that the benefits from this [your sincere offering] will extend to your parents, your grandparents, nay, even to countless living beings’ (WND-1, 533). The great benefit of our Buddhist practice dedicated to kosen-rufu also flows on to the deceased as well as to unborn future generations.
“Offering prayers based on the Mystic Law—chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo— is the best and truest offering we can make for the deceased. Because the Mystic Law has the power to help all people attain Buddhahood, not only those here in the present but throughout the three existences of past, present, and future.
SGI Newsletter No. 9165, The Wisdom for Creating Happiness and Peace, Part 1: Happiness, Chapter 6: Facing the All-Important Questions of Life and Death—Part 2 [of 2], 6.8 Our Own Attainment of Buddhahood Enables the Deceased to Attain Buddhahood, from the December 2014 issue of the Daibyakurenge, translation released 28th Dec. 2014
* The Japanese kanji is available by clicking on Seikyo Shinbun’s
–WAGATOMO NI OKURU–
— KYO NO GOSHO —