April 29, 2015 –TO MY FRIENDS–

29th April

WE should not forget that the most important thing is to accumulate the treasures of the heart by treasuring and upholding the Law. I hope that you will live your lives each day accumulating the treasures of the heart and adorning your existence with the treasures of faith.
THE age when silence is considered an indication of wisdom is over. The age of the people means an age of dialogue, a time when people must share their opinions and discuss matters over and over again. You must never withdraw into your own world of quiet contemplation. Such withdrawal leads to defeat in life.
THERE is only one way to become a good leader, and that is to model yourself after a good leader. It is to be in perfect accord with a good leader. In the broadest sense, this truth applies to every field of human endeavour. It is even truer in Buddhism, which is based on the way of mentor and disciple.
LIFE is a struggle with ourselves; it is a tug-of-war between moving forward and regressing, between happiness and unhappiness. Those short on will power or self-motivation should chant daimoku and pray with conviction to become a person of strong will, a person who can tackle any problem with real seriousness and determination.
GAINING educational qualifications, titles or position in society are but a means for attaining happiness; they do not constitute happiness in and of themselves. The most important thing is faith.
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April 29, 2015

Let’s create a sound rhythm in life,
beginning with reciting gongyo
and chanting daimoku
every morning and evening.
Let’s ensure that each day
we lead lives of satisfaction
and fulfillment, brimming with
powerful life force.

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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