May 9, 2015 –TO MY FRIENDS–


9th May
EVERYONE experiences hardships and problems. One might even go so far as to say that the entire human race is caught up in a continual cycle of suffering. Faith allows us to surmount a mountain of suffering, fulfil our desires, and open the fertile plains of a secure and peaceful life. When you continue to chant, whether you are in pain or joy, you will open up a great road to indestructible happiness.

BUDDHISM develops one’s life condition, and education, one’s intellect. Human happiness and social progress hinge upon the coordinated development of those two realms. I hope you will be diligent in your daily efforts towards self-development as you learn as much as you can.

THE Daishonin’s Buddhism is the great teaching for “securing the peace of the land”. As the number of people who chant the Mystic Law increases, that country and society will naturally be led on a rhythm towards prosperity. There can be no greater and more lasting contribution to the people than this.

THE truly great are those who strive with all their might – people, for instance, who propagate Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism, braving criticism and harassment; people who work to the point of exhaustion for people’s happiness. Despite the present hardship they may face, such individuals will definitely win in the end.

NICHIREN DAISHONIN wrote, “If the Law that one embraces is supreme, then the person who embraces it must accordingly be foremost among all others.” (WND, p61) You who base your lives on the Mystic Law are the foremost people in the world. You possess boundless and immeasurable good fortune and a supremely noble mission.

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May 9, 2015

It is your hope and passion
that will launch the new era.
Challenge your problems
with vibrant resolve!
Live with the eternal spirit
of youth!

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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