A translation of President Ikeda's "To My Friends"
published in the Seikyo Shimbun and more.
Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
-- TO MY FRIENDS --
The Gosho teaches us:
"Iron, when heated in the flames and pounded, becomes a fine sword."*
Young people, please strive to overcome any and all hardships!
It's only through the process of challenging and overcoming difficulties
that human beings can become truly great.
*Gosho, Letter from Sado - The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol. 1,
page 303, "Iron, when heated in the flames and pounded, becomes a fine
sword. Worthies and sages are tested by abuse."
Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
--- DAILY GOSHO ---
"And yet, though one might point at the earth and miss it, though one
might bind up the sky, though the tides might cease to ebb and flow
and the sun rise in the west, it could never come about that the
prayers of the practitioner of the Lotus Sutra would go unanswered."
(On Prayer - The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol. 1, page 345)
Selection source: Kyo no Hosshin, Seikyo Shimbun, April 16th, 2014
Thursday, April 17th, 2014
---- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT ----
"My mentor, second Soka Gakkai president Josei Toda, condemned the arrogance and egotism of those who looked down on decent, honest, ordinary people. He declared: 'Real religion, true Buddhism, helps those who are suffering. The Soka Gakkai is the ally of the people; it is the friend of the unfortunate.'
"Having taken on the struggle to eradicate misery from society, we can never slacken in our efforts. We must advance with all our might, all our being.
"The most important thing is to support those striving hard on the front lines of our movement. Let's do everything we can towards that end."
SGI Newsletter No. 8976, On Our Shared Journey for Kosen-rufu—I, (42) Advancing with the Same Spirit as Our Mentor, from 2nd Dec., 2012, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, translation released 15th April 2014
* The Japanese kanji is available by clicking on Seikyo Shinbun's
web-site address at http://www.seikyoonline.jp/news/index.html
--WAGATOMO NI OKURU--
"KUROGANE WA KITAI UTEBA
TSURUGI TO NARU"
SEINEN YO KONNAN NI IDOME!
KUTO O KOETE KOSO
NINGEN WA SHIN NI IDAI TO NARU.
-- KYO NO GOSHO --
"DAICHI WA SASABA HAZURURUTOMO OZORA O TSUNAGU MONOWA ARITOMO SHIO NO
MICHI HINU KOTOWA ARITOMO HI WA NISHI YORI IZURUTOMO HOKEKYO NO GYOJA
NO INORI NO KANAWANU KOTOWA ARU BEKARAZU"
(Gosho Zenshu, page 1351)
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