April 23, 2015 –TO MY FRIENDS–

Thursday

23rd April
THE true teaching of Buddhism is in no way divorced from daily life or society. Its vitality lies in the proof of faith that unfolds in the midst of society as a result of one’s efforts in daimoku and other aspects of our Buddhist practice.

IN the midst of your efforts to spread the Mystic Law, tremendous vitality wells forth from the depths of your life. The Mystic Law is the ultimate ‘beneficial medicine’. I hope that all of you will live showing proof of the majestic power of the Buddha and the Law.

IT is in the course of our earnest personal struggles that we build a glorious palace for good fortune that survives throughout the past, present and future. You must not permit yourself to destroy that castle through foolish carelessness. Nichiren Daishonin admonished, “Strengthen your faith day by day and month after month. Should you slacken even a bit, demons will take advantage.”

BY chanting daimoku, we can cleanse and purify our lives of negativity and impurities. We can lead everything in the direction of happiness. For example, a person’s shyness may be transformed into valuable qualities such as prudence and discretion, while someone’s impatience might be transformed into a knack for getting things done quickly and efficiently.

LIFE is a struggle. Since that is true, let us make it a victorious one! Everything starts from here. This is the spirit of those who from the time of their youth have upheld philosophy and a bright, determined sense of mission. It is the spirit of those who embark on a profound, humanistic struggle for the happiness of their fellow human beings.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com for Nichiren Daishonin’s gosho, Letter to the Brothers.

April 23, 2015

–TO MY FRIENDS–
Times of difficult struggles are
opportunities to accomplish
our human revolution.
Determine this in your heart
and use everything as a
springboard for making a
significant leap forward!
Let’s advance with courage and joy!

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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