March 30, 2015 –TO MY FRIENDS–

30th March

NICHIREN Daishonin stated, “Only by defeating a powerful enemy can one prove one’s real strength.” This is a truth that applies to all spheres of life. Youth must never be cowards or weak-spirited individuals who are constantly defeated. I would like you to become ever-victorious champions who win one decisive victory after another in all the various “battlefields” of life and society. Winning in life is the purpose of faith; it is also a testimony of the power of faith.

FAITH is just not an abstract idea. It is something you should develop through practice. In order to master faith through action, one must practise as the gosho teaches. Therefore, if one cannot put into action the lessons taught in the gosho, applying them from the standpoint of faith, then one’s faith cannot truly be called deep.

IT is vital to have a resilient spirit so that, without complaints or feelings of disaffection, you are able to always look on the bright side of the situation and find it a source of hope and happiness. Such is the wisdom to achieve victory in life. Again, it is faith that enables us to manifest such wisdom. I hope that, viewing all travails with composure, you will lead a life of dignity and happiness.

THE Daishonin’s writings and the myriad of Buddhist teachings are all embraced in the ultimate Law of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. Those who do not understand the Daishonin’s writings but have deep faith and strive to spread the Mystic Law are, through their faith and through their actions, “reading” those writings with their lives. Such people would surely be praised by the original Buddha.

ENCOUNTERING a good book is like encountering a great teacher. Reading is a privilege only human beings are endowed with; no other living creature on this planet has the same capacity. Through reading, we are able to come into contacts with hundreds and thousands of lives other than our own, and to commune with sages and philosophers who lived as long as two millennia ago.

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March 30, 2015

The Daishonin encourages us to
“strive ever harder in faith(*).”
The Buddhas and heavenly deities will be roused to action through
our indomitable prayer and efforts.
With a tenacity of purpose and
unity based on a kindred spirit, let’s bring to bloom
cherry blossoms of Soka in rampant profusion!

(*)”Letter to Niike,” WND I p. 1027

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

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