–TO MY FRIENDS– June 10th, 11th, 12th 2015:

Wednesday
10th June
ONE who continues to chant abundant daimoku to the Gohonzon will accumulate eternal good fortune and establish an everlasting condition of joy within his life. In other words, through Buddhist practice, you can create the fundamental cause which leads to indestructible happiness. Therefore, you must absolutely never abandon your faith.

BUDDHISM is the source of an eternally vigorous and fresh spirit. It revives a life that is parched and exhausted and enables powerful life force to well forth. Even when you are in a deadlock, it opens a path of infinite hope. This is the world of the Mystic Law and the world of faith. However, no matter how wonderful and correct Buddhism might be, unless you immerse yourself in the pure flow of faith, you will not be able to tap such power.

WE are able to change suffering into a source of enlightenment and happiness in accordance with the Buddhist principle of “earthy desires are enlightenment”. The greater our suffering and sorrow, the greater happiness into which it can be transformed. Such is the power of daimoku.

OUR prayers are answered only to the extent that we exert ourselves to realize the Buddha’s wish for the happiness of all humanity. The Gohonzon (Mystic Law) has no obligation to answer our prayers. It has not asked us to chant to it. We request the privilege of being allowed to pray to the Gohonzon. If we have such a sense of gratitude and appreciation, our prayers will be answered more quickly.

OUR families are an important foundation of our daily lives. When we ensure that our families are solid and secure, everyone in the family can exert themselves wholeheartedly for kosen-rufu. And it is women who take on a large part of this important responsibility. In families, where the women are firmly grounded, the men will be likewise. On the other hand, when the men are firmly grounded but the women are not, then, more often than not, both of them will suffer. The power of women is immense.

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June 10, 2015
–TO MY FRIENDS–
The Daishonin advises,
“The best way to attain Buddhahood
is to encounter a good friend.”(*)
Good friends are our life’s treasures.
Let’s create a golden history
together with our fellow members,
as we inspire one another to
greater heights.
(*)”Three Tripitaka Masters Pray for Rain,” WND 1, p. 598
Translation of “To My Friends” published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda’s recent guidance, with universal value and application.

Thursday
11th June
ENCOURAGING one person can lead to the encouragement of countless others. Nichiren Daishonin knew that one person could open the way for kosen-rufu. We need to learn from the Daishonin’s example.

DEATH is the final settlement of accounts of our life in this world; we only die as we have lived. How we have lived, how full and rich we have made our life inside – all this is revealed at our last moment. At that time, we will surely know with the depths of our being how wonderful it is to have lived a life dedicated to the Mystic Law.

AS long as we remain in this strife-ridden saha world, it is impossible to stop the winds of suffering from blowing. We ourselves must be strong, we must become great trees that are untroubled by even the most powerful gales – and, indeed, even come to relish storms. We practice faith so that we may carry out our human revolution in order to enjoy such lives and to develop such inner strength.

IF supposing that because one has practiced for many years or has got a handle on the teachings of Buddhism, one acts in an arbitrary manner without seeking guidance from anyone, he will at some point become self-righteous and depart from the path of the True Law and true teaching. Such a person, even though he may give the appearance of embracing faith, is not proceeding along, the fundamental path of True Buddhism.

ALL in all, happiness and unhappiness lie nowhere but within one’s deep-seated ichinen. When viewed from the profound perspective of Buddhism, one’s strong ichinen to continuously chant daimoku to the Gohonzon will become the source of all change. In other words, you strong ichinen to continue chanting is the key to changing any situation for the better.

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JUNE 11, 2015
–TO MY FRIENDS–
The young women’s division
members and their efforts
are the hope for the new era
of kosen-rufu.
Engage in dialogue that elicits
infinite passion and wonder!
Encourage and applaud one
another as you advance together!
Translation of “To My Friends” published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda’s recent guidance, with universal value and application.

Friday
12th June
THOSE who have experienced great sufferings must win in life and become happy. If you are always losing and miserable, then you are not practicing Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism correctly. You are not following the true path. Buddhism teaches the means by which the sad can become happy and the happy become happier still. That is the reason for our practice. And isn’t becoming happy one of life’s most important goals?
NICHIREN DAISHONIN replied to Shinjo Kingo: “To accept is easy; to continue is difficulty. But Buddhahood lies in continuing faith. Those who uphold this sutra should be prepared to meet difficulties.” (WND, p471) It is through confronting difficulties that we attain Buddhahood and achieve a state of life of peace and tranquility. The mountains and valleys and storms along the way are something we should be prepared for and ready to overcome.
WHEN you purify your life with daimoku, you will definitely develop an utterly indestructible state of life of absolute happiness that abounds with great good fortune. In such a state of life, everything will become a source of joy. You will feel a deep sense of fulfillment even if you have neither worldly fame nor wealth. Each moment of your life will be totally satisfying.
YOU have to become wise and stand firm. Then, if there appears a person of distorted views, you will be able to deftly perceive his essential nature and to prevent the world of the True Law from being polluted by false or evil views.
TODAY, rather than leading a seemingly pleasurable life of self-indulgence, you should toil, bathe in sweat, along the road of Buddhist practice, so that tomorrow you can lead a life filled with confidence.
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June 12, 2015
–TO MY FRIENDS–
The SGI discussion meeting
sparks our faith and practice
and inspires harmony and joy.
Let’s gather together with a cheerful
spirit and create an atmosphere
where budding dialogues
blossom in abundant profusion.
Translation of “To My Friends” published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda’s recent guidance, with universal value and application.

–TO MY FRIENDS– June 7th, 8th, 9th 2015:

7th June
ONE of Nichiren Daishonin’s writings that we have read countless of times stated: “You must not spend your lives in vain and regret it for ten thousand years to come.” (WND, p622) Where can we find a life that is not spent in vain? It is found, I assert, in a life dedicated to fulfilling the vow of mentor and disciple to realize kosen-rufu, which leads directly to world peace.
DEVELOP yourself so that even just seeing you will hearten and inspire those who have been shipwrecked on the voyage of life. Leave behind great achievements that will encourage all those who follow.
THE Mystic Law is the “Law of treasures”. One who embraces this Law will definitely lead a “life of treasures”. Moreover, indiscernible benefit of one’s faith also passes on to one’s ancestors and descendants and to the members of one’s family, definitely enabling them to traverse upon the brilliant path of happiness.
A courageous person is happy; an optimist in the best sense of the world, he is able to live in a powerful and forthright manner. The great benefit of the Gohonzon will manifest itself in the life of a person who possesses such courage.
WE are fortunate enough to embrace the Gohonzon. We have faith, which enables us to change our destiny, and we chant daimoku, the source of tremendous joy. The Gosho states, “Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is the greatest joy of al joys.” In this sense, as we chant daimoku to the Gohonzon and cause tremendous joy to well up within us, we can resolve all of our problems and unhappiness.
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June 7, 2015
–TO MY FRIENDS–
One of the four virtues the Daishonin mentions
is “filial piety toward one’s father and mother.”(*)
A life brimming with appreciation is beautiful.
Treat your parents with kindness and consideration!
Shine with your own growth and development
and demonstrate victorious actual proof!
(*)”The Four Virtues and the Four Debts of Gratitude,” WND 2, p. 264
Translation of “To My Friends” published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda’s recent guidance, with universal value and application.

Monday
8th June

WE only live this precious life but once. Please make continual efforts, steadily overcoming life’s challenges one step at a time until you ultimately achieve a life in which all of your wishes are realized. May all of you, without exception, become happy. That is my sincerest wish.
BUDDHISM stresses the importance of the present and future. The present and the future are what matters. Always challenging oneself is practicing Buddhism. We practice for the sake of the present and future. It is important not to become trapped in the past; we have to put it behind us. The Buddhism of True Cause is always based on the present moment; it is always “from this moment on”.
THE important thing is to continue chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, no matter what, in times of happiness and in times of sorrow. This attitude of faith holds the key to living a life of supreme joy and happiness. Those who continue to chant sincere daimoku for whatever it is that is in their hearts, who continue to show proof of faith in their daily lives based on daimoku, praying deeply about all things – such people will definitely enjoy lives in which all their desires are fulfilled.
IT may be easy to masquerade as one who speaks about and studies the Law. However, such behavior will not in the least enable one to make the spirit of the True Law his own. Unless one ceaselessly returns to the prime point with seeking spirit, genuine Buddhism will not pulse within his own life. Much less will he be able to move the hearts of others.
EVEN a cave that has been in total darkness for millions of years will become brightly illuminated the moment a light is brought inside. Only your practice of faith can ignite the flame of happiness within your heart.
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June 8, 2015
–WORDS OF THE WEEK–
Leaders should go to the
forefront of our organization!
Compassion means to
“replace suffering with joy.”
Give the kind of encouragement
that awakens friends and enables
them to transform karma into
mission and despair into hope.
Translation of “Words of the Week” published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda’s recent guidance, with universal value and application.

Tuesday
9th June
IN maintaining faith, we must be careful to avoid such attitude as haughtiness, pretension or conceit. True faith is to pray single-mindedly to the Gohonzon, continue the practice of gongyo and daimoku and forge ahead without affectation.

BUDDHISM teaches that “the voice does the Buddha’s work”. In general, voice and words have great power. The voice of a single courageous person has the power to embolden others and help them out of difficulty. The scope of kosen-rufu will expand only to the extent that you use your voice to proudly proclaim the true teaching. In this sense, to cowardly remain silent is an evil.

PEOPLE with rich and generous hearts treasure others and nurture their growth. They bring happiness to both themselves and others. Those who are impoverished of heart make life gloomy through their complaining and criticisms of others. They make both themselves and others miserable.

THOSE who strengthen their faith day by day and month after month are genuine practitioners. Our daily practice of gongyo, therefore, is important, as well as attending meetings every month. We must not let our faith grow weak. We must make it stronger today than yesterday, stronger this month than last. Buddhist practice is a succession of such untiring efforts, the ultimate goal of which is attaining the summit of Buddhahood.

OUR earnest prayers and grassroots activities – starting from the local community and rippling out to the entire world, starting from the individual and rippling out to all humanity – create the momentum for the achievement of peace and kosen-rufu.

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June 9, 2015
–TO MY FRIENDS–
We are in the season of
high temperature and humidity.(*)
Pay attention to sudden changes
in weather and manage your health
rigorously.
Do your best to lead a sensible daily life
and succeed in achieving good health
and happiness!
(*)Japan has entered the rainy season.
Translation of “To My Friends” published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda’s recent guidance, with universal value and application.

-” COURAGE, CAPACITY AND WISDOM” – June 6, 2015

June 6, 2015

THE LIFE OF NICHIREN DAISHONIN
Chapter 3
pp.23-25……

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A PROPHECY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

THE next year saw no lessening of natural calamities. A fire in January reduced Jufuku-ji temple and the Hachiman shrine at Tsurugaoka to ashes. A rainstorm which wiped out crops in August led to a shortage of food in 1259. Epidemics and famine stalked the city, and corpses began to litter the streets. People turned to priests of the leading sects. This too, proved futile.

NICHIREN DAISHONIN knew that the Lotus Sutra had said that those who believe in the true teaching will be able to enjoy peaceful lives. The conditions in Kamakura showed that the people were far fro enjoying peaceful lives, and the Daishonin attributed their sufferings to their belief in erroneous teachings. In an effort to clarify further the cause of these misfortunes, he went to Jisso-ji temple at Iwamoto in Suruga Province (presently eastern Shizuoka Prefecture ). He stayed there from the beginning of 1258 through the middle of 1260. As a major temple of the Tendai sect of eastern Japan. Jisso-ji housed many important sutra in its scripture library. The Daishonin pored over them all.

NICHIREN DAISHONIN devoted his time at Jisso-ji to tracing the root cause of misery as described in the sutras to help him explain the solution in Buddhism. As he read through the sutras, he wrote many short works,
but three proved to be preparatory to a greater treatise he would present to Kamakura officials in 1260. These were “The Petition for the Expulsion of Nembutsu Believers” (1259), “The protection of the Nation” (1259), and “The Remedy for Disaters” (February 1260).

THE doctrine of the three calamities and seven disasters * as delineated in various sutras provided the Daishonin with the answer he was seeking. It states as follows: If the correct belief is not upheld, indeed if it is slandered even though it has been proclaimed, the people and the nation will suffer various tragedies, including natural disasters, pestilence, famine, internal strife and foreign invasion. The Daishonin saw that the Japanese people not only cherished slanderous beliefs, but also had experienced all but two of the disasters—internal strife and foreign invasion.

ON July 16, 1260, he struck the decisive blow with the document that has come to be known as the starting and ending point of Nichiren’s Daishonin’s stuggle. This document marked the formal beginning of his efforts to propagate his Buddhism for the peace and happiness of society, a task he would pursue throughout his life. It is entitled the “RISSO ANKOKU RON” (On Securing the Peace of the Land through the Propagation of True Buddhism). It was written in scholarly but clear and concise Chinese, and to this day it is the one writing of Nichiren Daishonin’s by which he is most often judged. Critics quote it to imply that he was an abrasive fanatic; others find in it the courage of Nichiren Daishonin to express his convictions and thereby save troubled people.

THIS writing takes the form of a conversation between a host and a traveler on one of his stopovers. The host, of course, is Nichiren Daishonin, and the guest represents Jojo Tokiyori, at the time the retired regent but still the most influential member of the entire Hojo clan which virtually controlled the shogunate. (pp. 12-25)

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* three calamities and seven disasters: The disasters described is various sutras. the three calamities occur in two forms: the three lesser calamities of high grain prices or inflation (particularly that caused by famine), war and pestilence; and the three greater calamities of fire, wind and water, which destroy the world. The seven disasters are generally held to arise as a result of slandering the True Law. The Yakushi Sutra defines them as pestilence, foreign invasion, internal strife, extraordinary changes in the heavens, solar and lunar eclipses, unseasonable storms and typhoons, and unseasonable droughts.

June 6, 2015

GM ——————” COURAGE, CAPACITY AND WISDOM” ——————

FORMER President Toda sometimes took what seemed too severe an attitude towards the leaders. He was especially strict in training youth. He often used to cite the example of the sea bass in the Sea of Genkai. Buffeted by the unusually rough currents there, they become lean and extra delicious. The same hold true with people. Men should undergo strict training while young.

TAKEDA SHINGEN, (1) a general of Japan’s civil war era, said “Men are the moats, the castle walls and the castle itself.” The Sokagakkai is a castle of capable people. Three qualities are required of a great individual: courage, capacity and wisdom. Become a person who embodies all three, so you can solve difficult problems calmly, regardless of whether you’re praised or censured. (pp. 126-127)

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(1) TAKADA SHINGEN (1521-73) famous warlord from the province of Kai (present day Yamanashi). Tradition has it that unlike other great warlords of the day, he never built a castle, relying instead on the capabilities and unity of his men.

GM ——————————-” UNITY ” ———————————————

Our organization will never be destroyed by external forces. The Sado Gosho reads, Non-Buddhist or evil men can never destroy the Buddha’s true teachings, but the disciples of the Buddha definitely could. The parasite in the lion’s body devours him. …. Cold winds toughens one’s skin,
but a diseased organ will kill him. What matters is the internal unity of the
organization.

EVEN a massive tree can rot, as it is helpless against termites. It can endure harsh rain, and snow storms, but cannot combat those insects which bore from within. Many people die in traffic accidents, but even more die from internal diseases. Our organization will not be shaken in the least by any clamor from the outside world. Internal unity is crucial.

GM ——————————- ” TEAMWORK ” ———————————

IN the 1964 Olympics, the Japanese women’s volleyball team defeated the powerful Russian team. Player for player, the Japanese woman were physically weaker than the Russians, and their technique was probably not as polished. But they did have a burning determination to win no matter what, and in additional, they had splendid teamwork. Rigorous training and the power of unity gave victory to the Japanese team.

ULTIMATELY, whether or not one has confidence will decide the outcome of anything. Since we strive with confidence and unity, we can always win. On the stage of the universe, believers in the supreme Law will never be defeated, but will win a succession of victories in their ongoing struggle.

HARMONIOUS unity is the key to victory in any campaign. Victory or defeat hinges on unity. Everything accomplished so far in the Sokagakkai has been the result of unity. If unity is lacking or weak, good results cannot be achieved. (pp.126-129)

*GM. Refers to Guidance Memo*
The World Tribune Press 1975
*Chapter Three: Unity
Daisaku Ikeda

*Guidance in1975, hold true today, in 2015*

June 5, 2015 –TO MY FRIENDS–

Friday
5th June

NO matter what your circumstance, it is your ichinen of faith that enables you to open the palaces of happiness that exists within you and establish a life that is fulfilled in every respect. This is the purpose of faith and Buddhist practice. Your powerful ichinen directed towards the Gohonzon and the accomplishment of kosen-rufu will cause every aspect of your life to unfold.
IF you lack courage, you cannot win any struggle. And if you cannot win, you will be unable to show proof of justice.
THE purpose of life is to realize absolute happiness. Absolute happiness is something that does not change with time; it is eternal; it is a sense of happiness that is unaffected by external factors, welling forth from the depths of one’s life. It is not a transitory thing like a worldly status, fortune or satisfaction.
FAITH in the Mystic Law enables us to direct our individuality in the most positive direction. Those who possess the loftiest individuality are people who cast aside self-interest to dedicate themselves whole-heartedly to serving others; people who work for the happiness of their fellow human beings, the welfare of society and the propagation of the Mystic Law, indifferent to whether they are recognized or acknowledged for their efforts. Their greatness of character makes such action possible.
TO rise from the depths of sorrow of a beloved person’s death and set out to realize their vision with ever greater determination and resolve nothing can compare to the profundity, nobility and strength of such a life. This is something that my mentor in life, Josei Toda, often solemnly asserted.
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June 5, 2015
–TO MY FRIENDS–
Those who do not forget modesty and
humility have enriched hearts and
are generous of spirit.
When we appreciate those who support
us and always seek to learn from others,
we develop the capacity for unlimited
self-improvement.
Translation of “To My Friends” published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda’s recent guidance, with universal value and application.

June 4, 2015 –TO MY FRIENDS–

Thursday
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
–TO MY FRIENDS–
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.

June 3, 2015 –TO MY FRIENDS–

Wednesday
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.

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June 3, 2015

–TO MY FRIENDS–
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.

June 2, 2015 –TO MY FRIENDS–

Tuesday
2nd June
WHEN the number of people in a particular country who chant daimoku grows, it can be said that the nation is on a course towards relishing rissho ankoku, or securing the peace of the land through the propagation of true Buddhism. Of course, for one country to be at peace, its neighbouring countries must also be at peace. True peace can be established when each individual nation realises this principle of rissho ankoku.

OPTIMISM should not be confused with a haphazard or easy going attitude. It is a strong and robust view of life. An optimist is one who is able to see an opportunity to open the way forward in the most difficult situation, and who steadfastly clings to the belief that things will definitely turn out for the best. Such a person always views the suffering of life with detached composure and sees their positive implications and bright potential. Optimism enables one to greatly expand his state of life.

IF you possess a strong life force and abundant wisdom, it is possible to enjoy the challenge of overcoming life’s hardships much in the same way that waves make surfing exhilarating and steep mountains give mountaineering its allure. Because the Mystic Law is the source of life force and wisdom for overcoming life’s difficulties, the Daishonin stated that there is no greater happiness than chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.

LIFE passes by in an instant. Therefore, become people who can say confidently at the end of your lives, “I have won! I have done my very best!” How fortunate you are, now when you are young, to be able to participate freely in SGI activities.

THERE are many trials and challenges that await us in our efforts to advance kosen-rufu. The three powerful enemies will repeatedly assail us and many are the obstacles we must surmount. All of our hard work for kosen-rufu, however, is transformed into our boundless good fortune and benefit. In other words, every effort we make also benefits our own lives. Moreover, those with whom we forge bonds of friendship and help form a connection with Buddhism in this lifetime will share profound ties with us across eternity.

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June 2, 2015

–TO MY FRIENDS–
“Diligently polish your mirror
night and day.”(*)
No one can surpass the person
who ceaselessly continues to
chant daimoku.
Let’s maintain assiduous faith
throughout our lives.

(*)”On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime,” WND I, p. 4
“Arouse deep faith, and diligently polish your mirror day and night. How should you polish it? Only by chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.”

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