Sunday, March 15, 2015 –TO MY FRIENDS–

March 15, 2015

Nichiren Daishonin beseeches us to “summon up the courage of a lion king.”(*)
Let’s raise our voice for truth and justice!
Bold, courageous action is the force for transforming society.

(*)”On Persecutions Befalling the Sage,” WND I, p. 997.

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

15th March

BUDDHISM exists to enable all people to cultivate and manifest the world of Buddhahood in their lives. Human society is a realm of “discrimination” or “difference”. But Buddhism transcends all superficial differences and focuses directly on life.
DO you give up the struggle to overcome your own limitations on the first attempt, or do you keep on with it, trying a second time, a third time, and continuing on in the challenge for the rest of your life? That is the only difference between the genius and the ordinary person. When all is said and done, winning over oneself – personal triumph – is the only way forward.
A person who warmly embraces and protects others is happy. A person who, on the other hand, is quick to scold or gives orders, or who harbours exclusivist tendencies, creates a cold, dark world around himself/herself.
AS followers of the Bodhisattvas of the Earth, we have stood up to fight for kosen-rufu of Myoho, or the Mystic Law. Therefore, as long as your faith is sincere and your actions are true, the Gohonzon will definitely protect you. Such precious individuals of pure faith, who act for the sake of kosen-rufu, can never fail to receive the Gohonzon’s protection.
COMMITTED to the welfare of your local communities, you have all laboured diligently under the hot sun in the noble cause of kosen-rufu, visiting the home of one friend after another out of sincere concern for their happiness. This is our greatest strength. You have also carried out steadfast and tenacious one-to-one dialogue with many people. These unflagging efforts to build on one another are the reason why the SGI will never perish. This is the foundation for great victory, for great construction.
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