May 2, 2015 –TO MY FRIENDS–

2nd May
TO teach others about Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism requires courage. While compassion is also important, as common mortals it can sometime be hard for us to summon compassion. That is why courage is vital. Courage translates into compassion. Chanting daimoku is how we summon courage. The power of faith and the power of Buddhism is the source from which we draw forth courage.
THROUGHOUT the 10 directions – the vast universe – there are surely billions upon billions of planets like the Earth. And the Mystic Law is the fundamental law that pervades everything in the universe. When you die, wherever you go, or wherever you may be between this life and the next, as long as you are a follower of Nichiren Daishonin you are safe and protected. You may be at peace, and make your way freely and joyfully through all eternity.
THOSE who can always maintain a positive attitude and give free play to their wisdom regardless of their circumstances are happy people. There are no stalemates for people of wisdom. Such individuals also bring joy to others and can lead them in a positive direction.
NICHIREN DAISHONIN admonished us to continue advancing with pure faith, while chanting daimoku ourselves and teaching others to do the same. If you fail to have this attitude, before you know it your life will be ‘dyed’ by evil influences. A person who lives based on the principle of yumyo shojin (valiant and untiring dedication), however, gives devilish functions no opportunity to enter his/her mind or influence him/her.
SOME people spend their lives grumbling or complaining about their problems and sufferings. Others live brightly and joyfully. The state of your ichinen will determine whether your environment will become a “hell” or a “joyful land”. Also, you can transform suffering into pleasure according to your ichinen of faith.
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May 2, 2015

Take precautions during this
season of changeable weather.
Manage your health rigorously
so as not to catch cold.
Based on good health above all,
let’s advance vibrantly,
sound of body and mind.

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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