Monday, 23rd March–WORDS OF THE WEEK–

23rd March

RELIGION serves as a foundation for people’s lives. When people possess a solid inner foundation of humanistic faith, then economics, philosophy and education can begin to fulfil their highest purpose. That is why a humanistic religious movement will inevitably be a movement dedicated to improving society and realising peace for all humankind. It is with this conviction that we of the SGI have developed our movement for peace, culture and education based on Buddhism.

CHARACTER and integrity are very important. A spirit of mutual respect and trust is a vital basis for real friendship. That said, there might naturally be times when you have arguments and disagreements with your friends. But there should always be an underlying spirit of respect and consideration for each other, no matter how close you are. In friendship, you must not think only of yourself.

WHEN something happens, the mind of a person who has not received training, of a self-conceited person, immediately becomes agitated and is swayed. If one’s mind does not become settled, then one cannot advance straight ahead along the path of happiness on which attaining Buddhahood in this lifetime lies.

I cannot tell you how much I hope and pray that you will tenaciously carry on with courageous faith for the eternal prosperity of yourselves, your immediate families and all your relatives.

THE gosho stated, “Myo means to open,” and “Myo means to revitalise.” Faith opens the way for changing all problems and sufferings into happiness, joy and hope, giving us fresh vitality. Based on the principle of “substituting faith for wisdom”, we can unlock the essential wisdom we possess within us.

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March 23, 2015
It’s spring! Time for dialogue!
And time to engage ourselves in activities
with lighthearted steps!
Let’s send encouragement like a fresh,
spring breeze to students who are advancing
to the next level in school and friends
who recently joined the workforce.
In life, be bold!
Translation of “Words of the Week” published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda’s recent guidance, with universal value and application.

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