February 25, 2015 –TO MY FRIENDS–

February 25, 2015

The Daishonin admonishes, “You must strengthen [your faith] more than ever.”(*)
Let’s break through apathy and inertia!
The passion that burns in our hearts is the driving force that will propel a significant leap forward!

(*)”The Supremacy of the Law,” WND I, p. 612

Translation of “To My Friends” published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda’s recent guidance, with universal value and application.

25th February
PLEASE understand that your daily practice of gongyo and your continuous activities for kosen-rufu, based upon faith, ultimately return to you as fortune and benefit. This is the nature of the Daishonin’s Buddhism.
WHAT is the most important thing in human society? It is, without question, human beings. What makes human beings? Education. It is impossible to overemphasise the importance of education.
THE treasure of the heart is the most fundamental treasure. In this sense, all of you who spare no effort in exerting yourselves day and night for the sake of the Law and for the sake of others are people of character who possess the greatest happiness in life. The treasure of the heart, that is faith, is an eternal treasure that adorns our lives over the three existences of past, present and future.
WE need the tenacity and perseverance to accumulate benefit through faith steadily and surely with each step we take forward and up. We cannot build anything solid or indestructible by neglecting to make efforts when no one is looking or through pretentious posturing or empty gestures.
THE Gosho contains the illuminating light of a philosophy of hope, peace and respect for life that the world today is desperately searching for. Based on the Gosho, we are spreading the unprecedented revitalising light of Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism around the globe. What a grand renaissance ill bring about in the new century!
NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com/

*Light Of Fortune*
February 25, 2015

——————————— ” The Bow and Arrow” —————————–

You also are a practitioner of the Lotus Sutra, and your faith is like the waxing moon or the rising tide. Be deeply convinced, then, that your illness
cannot possibly persist, and that your life cannot fail to be extended! Take care of yourself, and do not burden your mind with grief. (WND-1, 656)


PRACTITIONERS of the Lotus Sutra will never be defeated by illness — this firm conviction and strong resolve arise from faith in the Mystic Law.
Even when battling a disease for a long time, please do not lost heart. In accord with the principle that Buddha and bodhisattvas observe your efforts, Nichiren Daishonin is surely aware of all your struggles. There is no way that the positive forces of the universe will fail to protect you.

Please chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, bearing in mind the Daishonin’s caution not to burden your mind with grief. Courageously overcome the devilish function of illness.

Today again, let’s triumphantly pave the way for good health and long life with strength, wisdom, and optimism.

*WND. Refers to the Writing of Nichiren Daishonin*
“Light of Fortune” Chap-7, p. 160~161
Daisaku Ikeda

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