May 8, 2015 –TO MY FRIENDS–

8th May

COWARDLY people are quick to rely on others, assuming that someone else will take care of things for them. They do not make any efforts themselves. On the contrary, they often engage in wrongdoing when no one is watching and cause trouble for their colleagues. Ultimately, they wind up in a situation where they can no longer remain in the same circle, prompting them to betray their friends and leave.
OUR existence to this world can be likened to a dream. The issue of by far the greatest importance and eternal relevance is how we face death, the inescapable destiny of all living beings. For in the face of death, external factors such as social status or position in an organization count for naught. Everything depends on one’s faith, one’s state of life.
ALL of the toils you undergo for the sake of kosen-rufu become magnificent good fortune that lasts for eternity. You will undoubtedly be able to cultivate a vast life state in lifetime after lifetime. That is why it is important for you to practice diligently in this lifetime. Nichiren Daishonin stated, “Do not spend this life in vain and regret it for ten thousand years to come.” (MW 5, p173)
BUDDHIST faith comes to life when you use your belief to address problems in society and the realities of life. Unless you acquire secular knowledge and learn how to relate Buddhism to the real world, you cannot be called a true practitioner of Buddhism. When you take interest in every aspect of society and expand the world of your mind, you also strengthen and deepen your faith.
NO matter how much one may appear to be prospering at any given point, surface prosperity is like a dream. Whether the whole of one’s life has been decisively happy or unhappy becomes clear in the final chapter. This is something one must gauge by the yardstick of eternity.
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May 8, 2015
When we chant daimoku with the power of a roaring lion,
we are invincible.
As the Daishonin strongly admonishes,
“What sickness can therefore be an obstacle?”(*)
Burn with strong resolve for kosen-rufu and
absolutely prevail over the “devil” of illness!
(*)”Reply to Kyo’o,” WND I, p. 412
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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