YOU who exert yourselves in the daily practice of shakubuku, struggle amid many obstacles and difficulties and extend yourselves for the sake of kosen-rufu, truly possess a profound mission and must certainly be called emissaries of the Buddha.
THE Daishonin stated, “There can be no discontinuity between past, present and future.” Those whose karma destines them to become enemies of and seek to destroy the True Law will sometimes be born as followers of non-Buddhist teachings, sometimes as priests of the Buddhist sects, and may sometimes even appear within Nichiren Shoshu or the Soka Gakkai. The function of their evil is the same in any case.
BECOMING a person who is trusted, respected and liked by all – an indispensable person whom others cannot do without – at home, at work and in your community, is to show validity of your faith in the True Law and to advance our movement for kosen-rufu.
IN the rapidly moving and changing society we live today, acts of minor and medium good are all too easily swept away and obliterated, leaving no lasting or appreciable impact. It is vital, therefore, to undertake acts of “great good” – the most fundamental and important kind of good.
OUT in society, there are many different kinds of people: malicious people who seek to undermine and deceive others; arrogant people who scorn and despise others. We study so that we can prevail over such people, succeed in all our endeavours and leading fulfilling lives.
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May 28, 2015
–TO MY FRIENDS–
Society is constantly changing.
Be trailblazers of the era
with fresh ideas, creative plans
and bold action!
Translation of “To My Friends” published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda’s recent guidance, with universal value and application.