May 31, 2015 –TO MY FRIENDS–

31st May
NO matter how difficult or how fortunate the circumstances in which you may presently live, this is only one aspect of your life. Viewing things as they truly are, Buddhism focuses on one’s life as a whole and, in particular, on the outcome of its final chapter in determining its success or failure.

IT is you yourself who will determine the kind of person you will be. In the final analysis, no one but you can build the person that you become. Being weak-willed as to be swayed by the opinions of others is itself tantamount to defeat.

THERE is not a single person who is free of problems or worries. Nor are there any “trouble-free” families or communities. What matters is what action we can take to resolve such problems and worries. The important thing is to exercise one’s wisdom to the fullest and make persistent efforts, while aiming towards the victory that lies beyond one’s present problems.

SIMPLY deciding from the outset that you are just not good enough, without making any effort, is nothing but escapism. Each of us is different but we are all alike in that we possess tremendous potential. The truth is, you can do almost anything if you set your mind to it. The worst thing is to lose confidence in yourself and limit your own potential.

HEART-TO-HEART bonds between people are the very essence of our Buddhist organisation, our organisation for kosen-rufu. If these are lost, the SGI will be reduced to a cold and heartless bureaucracy; it will no longer be a realm of Buddhism.

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May 31, 2015

Let’s wholeheartedly support and inspire
our fellow members who are dedicating
their lives to kosen-rufu.
“You can do it!”
“Let’s challenge the situation together!”
[With such words of encouragement,]
let’s pray and advance together!

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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