Tuesday, 31st March
IT does not matter if we are not gifted speakers. What matters is making consistent efforts to talk to others in a way that is most natural for each of us. It is vital not to remain silent in the face of injustice or wrongdoing, no matter what the other person’s status or position. If we chant powerful daimoku and take action, results will definitely appear. The causal law of Buddhism is extremely rigourous. The key point is that we ourselves become strong.
WHAT was Thomas Edison’s secret to success? He explained that it was absolutely never to give up before he had succeeded in what he was trying to do. Not giving up – that is the only way. Once you give up, you are defeated. This is equally true in the realm of faith. Quitting is not faith. We have to keep chanting until our prayers are answered. That is the correct way of prayer.
EVERYTHING is in motion. Life is constantly moving. The universe, too, is in motion. To live is to move. Advancement equals life. Stagnation equals death. A top is stable because it spins. Once it stops spinning, it cannot remain upright.
NICHIREN DAISHONIN taught that what counts in Buddhism is whether you win or lose. The same way may be said of human life. To win, you must become strong. If a person is fainthearted, he/she will only be held in contempt. In this evil age of the Latter Day of the Law, if you are weak and lack real capability, you will be defeated. On the other hand, if you summon forth courage and develop ability, you will definitely be able to defeat an arrogant foe.
OVER the long course of your life, you may at times find yourself deadlocked at work, at school or in your daily affairs. However, these are phenomena of daily life and society which lie on a different plane than faith and are not themselves the essence of faith. Therefore, you must never allow yourself to be swayed by such superficial matters and risks losing your faith entirely.
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March 31, 2015
–TO MY FRIENDS–
To our members of the
the Chugoku region(*),
the land of remarkable
people of ability–
Spread your passionate words of
truth and conviction
like countless waves.
Together, let’s greet the
dawning of a new era!
(*)Chugoku Region: Also known as the Sanin-Sanyo region, it is the westernmost region of Honshu, the largest island of Japan. It consists of the prefectures of Hiroshima, Okayama, Shimane, Tottori and Yamaguchi.
Translation of “To My Friends” published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda’s recent guidance, with universal value and application.