March 17, 2015
–TO MY FRIENDS–
The castle of Soka is rock solid due to the unity of many in body,
one in mind and the indestructible spirit of valiant struggle.
Fellow members of great Kanto(*)–
now is the time to arouse yourselves to action!
(*)In the Japanese Soka Gakkai organization, this comprises the five prefectures of Saitama, Chiba, Tochigi, Gumma, and Ibaraki.
Translation of “To My Friends” published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda’s recent guidance, with universal value and application.
DO not stop striving until you achieve victory! Even if you are tired, never give up, never give in! Never forget your vow! This is the Soka Gakkai spirit. I hope you will all devote your lives to the great struggle to achieve the mission of kosen-rufu with the same determination.
YOU cannot truly grow, if you are always flattered and spoiled by those around you. You must resolve never to avoid hardship. If anything, you should have the spirit to go out of your way to find challenges and difficulties. The ultimate victors in life are those who have undergone and triumphed over hardships.
A coward in the end will be miserable. Nichiren Daishonin said, “A coward cannot have any of his/her prayers answered.” (MW1, p246) No matter how much you may practice faith, if you are cowardly, then your prayers will not be answered. Even if you have the mighty sword (of the Lotus Sutra), unless you unsheathe it and wield it boldly, you will not be able to cut through anything.
A person who tries to control others through exercise of authority or through scheming is base at heart. In the end, such a person is certain to fall prey to his/her own schemes and wind up leading a miserable life. You must definitely not become the kind of person who, addicted to power and authority, arrogantly looks down on others.
WE were born into this world as disciples of the true Buddha, Nichiren Daishonin, to fulfil our pledge for kosen-rufu. It is our natural responsibility as Buddhists to work for the happiness of many people. The purpose of our daily activities lies in how we exert ourselves for the sake of those who are suffering.
NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com
Antinuclear exhibition: From A Culture of Violence to A Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit Exhibition
The exhibition “From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit” was created by SGI in 2007 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Soka Gakkai Second President Josei Toda’s Declaration Calling for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (made on September 8, 1957).
The exhibition was launched on September 8, 2007, in New York at a civil society forum to galvanize public opinion toward the abolition of nuclear weapons and the creation of a culture of peace, specifically aimed at mobilizing youth. It has been shown in a total of 200 venues in 24 countries, including showings at the UN Office at Geneva and The Parliament House in Wellington, New Zealand.
Nuclear weapons stand at the top of the pyramid of violence, the pervasive influence of which hangs heavily over our daily lives as conflicts between communities, distrust, crime, domestic violence and abuse. At the bottom of this pyramid lies the silent, passive form of violence that is a lack of concern for others’ sufferings.
The exhibition emphasizes that the fundamental solution to the nuclear issue–as well as a transformation from arms-based security to human security, from a culture of war to a culture of peace–requires a change in the human heart and that we triumph over violence.
Since its first launching at Wisma Kebudayaan SGM in Kuala Lumpur on 2 September 2007, the exhibition has toured to all the States throughout Malaysia and has been seen by more than 180,000 visitors.
For further information about availability of this exhibition for educational use, contact Chia Kok Peng.
- “Testimonies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Women Speak Out for Peace” (DVD) <http://www.peoplesdecade.org/decade/survivors/>
- Soka Gakkai Second President Josei Toda’s Declaration Calling for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons <http://www.joseitoda.org/vision/declaration/read>
- Soka Gakkai International President Daisaku Ikeda’s proposal for UN reform and a UN Decade of Action by the World’s People for Nuclear Abolition <http://www.sgi.org/sgi-president/proposals/un-proposal.html>
- People’s Decade for Nuclear Abolition Website <http://www.peoplesdecade.org/>
- International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) <http://www.icanw.org/>
- UN Disarmament Education Website <http://www.un.org/disarmament/education/index.shtml>
- UN Cyber School Bus <http://www.cyberschoolbus.un.org/>