April 27, 2015 –WORDS OF THE WEEK–

27th April
NO matter what difficulties may beset you at present, you should proudly continue to advance forward, always taking action and cherishing fresh hope for the future. Please be convinced that as long you embrace the Mystic Law, the time will come when you will heartily feel glad that you have persevered and been able to surmount the worst of circumstances.
THERE are many honours and decorations in the world. Correct faith, however, is the decoration of life that will adorn your existence throughout eternity.
IT takes courage to become happy – courage to remain true to one’s convictions, courage not to be defeated by one’s weaknesses and negativity, courage to take swift action to help those who suffering. It is through such daily efforts that your true beauty as a human being shines forth.
WE should focus on specific prayers as we do gongyo. Gongyo is the most basic practice of faith. And given the principle of the true entity of all phenomena, our attitude towards gongyo is a reflection of our faith. Therefore, please get into the habit of doing gongyo in such a solemn yet invigorating manner that anyone seeing you will be struck by your dignity and vibrant life force.
AS practitioners of Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism, we have faith and we have ideals. We are leading truly happy and fulfilling lives. Now is the perfect opportunity for us to widely spread the philosophy and ideals of Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism. Let’s rise to this challenge!
NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com

April 27, 2015

Hurrah to the resounding triumph
of the people!(*)
With my hands held together in prayer,
I express my heartfelt appreciation
to my remarkable fellow members
for your successive victories.
Now, more than ever, let’s bring to blossom
in rampant profusion flowers of
fortune and trust in our communities!

(*)Soka Gakkai (in Japan) endorses the New Komeito party, which has won sweeping victories in local elections held on April 26, 2015.

The New Komeito was originally founded by Soka Gakkai in 1964 but later separated as an independent entity, with Soka Gakkai providing only electoral support. The New Komeito is committed to giving political voice to the most vulnerable and underrepresented members of society on the issues of peace, social security, education, the environment and human rights. It works to protect the interests of non-union labor and people who worked in small and medium-sized companies, constituencies that makes up a large segment of the Japanese public.

NEW KOMEITO English website: http://www.komei.or.jp/en/

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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