June 3, 2015 –TO MY FRIENDS–

3rd June
THIS existence passes by in an instant but our lives themselves are eternal. Please be deeply confident that all your present efforts and hard work will contribute to your eternal happiness. That is why it is important never to retreat in faith, no matter how daunting the difficulties you may encounter. Do not be afraid. If you retreat or let yourself be ruled by fear, you will be the one to lose. “For your own sake and for the future, do not backslide in faith! Do not be afraid! Persevere in faith!” – This is Nichiren Daishonin’s message.

ONE saying goes that people will not exceed their dreams. So you should have big dreams. But you must recognize at the same time that dreams are dreams and reality is reality. It is natural, therefore, that to achieve big dreams, you must view your situation realistically and work with your entire being to see that they come true.

REALITY is harsh. You must courageously challenge the stern realities of life and win, and win again, in everything – in your daily lives, at work, at school and in your homes. Buddhism and faith are the driving force for unlimited improvement.

WHAT is the most important in one’s practice of faith? It is to have courage. Courage is the source of justice, happiness, comradeship and benefit.

ONE who can always give courage and hope to others is great. To bring courage and hope to each person we meet, we must make sure that passion and conviction burn bright in our lives. Thus, we will become true leaders.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com

June 3, 2015

The growth and development of the
student division members provides a
light of hope that illuminates the future.
They are the key to worldwide kosen-rufu.
Student division members–
live each day of the springtime of
your youth meaningfully, grounded
in the “two ways of practice and study”!

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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