June 4, 2015 –TO MY FRIENDS–

4th June

BUDDHISM is about emerging triumphant. Victory, in whatever challenge or struggle, invariably brings joy. To be defeated, on the other hand, makes everyone downcast. Losers weep bitterly; victors shine with glory. That is why we must win in life without fail. That is the purpose of our faith and our solid unity.
CONSPICUOUS benefit refers to such instances of benefit where we are clearly protected in times of trouble and able to find a speedy solution to a problem we are facing. Inconspicuous benefits, meanwhile, are like the sapling growing into a mighty tree. We accumulate good fortune little by little and this manifests itself gradually over time. In life, it is inconspicuous benefits that matter most.
WHERE people possess wisdom and life force derived from faith, they can move everything towards and increasingly bright and more positive and encouraging direction. The truly wise person of faith is one who enters the rhythm of being able to achieve victory in reality again and again, instead of merely philosophizing about it.
IT is often said that victory or defeat is what counts in Buddhism. Whether or not you can attain Buddhahood in your present life, whether or not you can accomplish kosen-rufu – this is what victory or defeat amounts to. In essence, as stated in the Gosho, it comes down to whether or not we win over devilish forces.
WITHOUT faith, worldly sufferings function to increase the causes which lead to unhappiness. Embracing Myoho allows one to transform fundamental sufferings, or earthly desires, into enlightenment. These fundamental sufferings then become the power which enables one to undergo a complete change of destiny, and travel towards the great path of enlightenment and perfected character. This is the greatness of faith.
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June 4, 2015
Transform hardships into
life’s treasures, and
sorrow into strength
for encouraging others.
The philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism
enables us to transform everything
into something of positive value.
Never be defeated!
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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