May 18, 2015 –WORDS OF THE WEEK–

18th May
BECAUSE we are flesh and blood, we naturally get tired or fall ill from time to time. However, we must not allow our spirit to be continuously dark or heavy on that account. I hope that, through your participation in the vast world of faith that opens a solution to such sufferings, you will transform all situations for the better.

THE importance of having a refined way of expression hold true for our organisation and our activities in the community as well. I hope that leaders, in particular, will be considerate in their manner of addressing fellow members. The way you speak is indicative of the depth of your faith, character and culture. Insensitive and irresponsible language hurt not only others, but the person himself, as a believer, a leader and member of society.

AS long as you burn with faith, have self-confidence and hope, you will be young and full of energy. You will be able to say that you have truly lived, been a true victor, and winner of life’s medal of honour. This is the essence of life, of faith, and of Buddhism.

EDISON invented things that were of practical benefit to humanity. He was clear about his purpose. He was not simply interested in personal acclaim or riches. And he pursued his endeavours with a “never give up” spirit. We, likewise, are living with a conviction, determined never to give up in our efforts to help even a single person become happy. We are working for the noblest of all causes, kosen-rufu.

KOSEN-RUFU is the infinitely noble and worthy challenge of attempting to elevate the human spirit to the loftiest heights. No life could be greater than one dedicated to this glorious and everlasting cause. Of course, we all experience various problems and difficulties in our daily existence, but the important thing is to achieve exhilarating victory in each challenge before us, one at a time, day by day.

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May 18, 2015

Let’s learn from our senior pioneer
members and their early struggles
in the development of our organization.
Courage is tantamount to compassion.
Let’s hold bright and cheerful discussion
meetings that abound with the spirit
of propagation.

Translation of “Words of the Week” published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda’s recent guidance, with universal value and application.

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