PROPAGATION is the fundamental practice in Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism. It is also the essence of the Lotus Sutra. This is upheld by the Great Teacher T’ien-t’ai of China, who declared: “The Lotus Sutra is the teaching of shakubuku, the refutation of the provisional doctrines.” To boldly speak the truth with compassion for the other person and clarify the correctness or error of the tenets they uphold – this constitutes the practice of propagating the Mystic Law. Our strength lies in the fact that we champion truth.
ANYONE who has ever made a resolution discovers that the strength of their determination fades with time. The moment you feel that happening is when you should make a fresh determination.
IN Buddhism there is a term called kisha, which means “to give gladly”. The word “gladly” is very important. It describes the spirit which is necessary to further develop one’s state of Buddhahood, and the spirit which fills one’s life with an inexhaustible wellspring of happiness and fortune and a boundless sea of benefit.
WHAT is true victory in life? What is the meaning of true happiness? Who is truly great? The answers to questions such as these are determined not by superficial criteria like fame, status or wealth, but by the inner reality of one’s life. The crucial factor is whether or not one’s life shines with victory and is filled with happiness. We must have a correct perspective on this issue.
NOTHING is more important than having a sincere and honest mind, especially in the world of faith. In fact, having such a mind in your attitude towards the Gohonzon and Nichiren Daishonin is the source of boundless fortune.
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April 30, 2015
–TO MY FRIENDS–
Let’s use bitter struggles as a
springboard for development and
change karma into mission!
Nichiren Buddhism enables us to
transform everything into
Let’s advance cheerfully!
Translation of “To My Friends” published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda’s recent guidance, with universal value and application.