May 1, 2015 –TO MY FRIENDS–

1st May
THOSE who stand up for the supreme goal of propagating true Buddhism can, due to their lofty sense of purpose and the beneficial power of daimoku, change all the pleasures and sorrows of daily living into a source of supreme joy.
FAITH exists in the realm of the mind, at the fundamental level that determines one’s happiness or unhappiness. Therefore, you should not allow yourself to be caught off guard. Never forget to constantly challenge yourself. In the Ongi Kuden, Nichiren Daishonin stated, “Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is the practice of shojin (genuine and constant devotion).”
A victor is one who constantly has the determination, the hope and the lively progressive spirit that today is the time for a new start; that things begin from right now. To give up or run away from one’s problems is to be defeated. No matter what happens, you must never lose hope.
TO succeed at your work, or become exemplary asset to your workplace, is proof of the power of your faith. To work only for the salary you receive is to be a slave to money. Your place of work is your place of practice, the place where you forge and polish your character and humanity.
IT is none other than the SGI that is resolutely carrying our Nichiren Daishonin’s vow for the widespread propagation of the Mystic Law. If the SGI had not appeared, the sutra passages that predicted the Law’s widespread propagation in the Latter Day would be rendered false. So would the Gosho. They would all be false. The Gosho clearly illuminates just how immensely noble and important all of you are.
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May 1, 2015

The SGI is the ultimate
gathering of good friends.
As treasured friends,
let’s encourage and inspire
one another and advance!
Together, let’s walk the great
path of happiness!

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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