FOR what purpose do we practice Nichiren Buddhism? It is to win in life. Victory is happiness; it brings joy. Defeat, on the other hand, is misery. No excuse can take away the wretchedness of defeat. That is why it is important to win in life and never be defeated. That is the purpose of faith.
NICHIREN DAISHONIN’S Buddhism enables us to reveal our highest intrinsic nature – that is, to fully reveal our own unique potential, to develop our character and to bring our true self to shine. To do this, we need life force. A strong life force will bring forth the most positive aspects of our personality.
COMPASSION is the very soul of Buddhism. To pray for others, making their problems our own; to embrace those who are suffering, becoming their greatest ally; to continue giving them our support and encouragement until they become truly happy – it is such humanistic actions that the Daishonin’s Buddhism lives and breathes.
SPIRITUAL freedom and independence, undaunted conviction and development without sentimentalism are the essence of Buddhism and faith. Hoping that others will think well of you or sympathise with you is sentimentality, a pettiness which has nothing to do with Buddhism.
LET’S find capable people. Let’s raise and protect them. That is the well-spring of eternal prosperity.
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May 10, 2015
–TO MY FRIENDS–
Capable individuals who shoulder
the next generation will be fostered
amidst real-life efforts.
Let’s pray and take action together
to create a solidarity in our
respective communities that
shines brilliantly with future
Translation of “To My Friends” published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda’s recent guidance, with universal value and application.