A translation of President Ikeda's "To My Friends"
published in the Seikyo Shimbun and more.
Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
-- TO MY FRIENDS --
The extent to which we promote our publications
is the extent to which we can expand the conditions of peace and
Our appreciation and gratitude goes out to all those who promote our
and who are spearheading the noble 'battle of words!'*
Your lives are sure to radiate with happiness, prosperity and glory.
* President Toda used to say, "Words without conviction are no more
than a puff of smoke." By using the Seikyo Shimbun and all our other
SGI publications, let's speak out with words full of hope and
conviction, brimming with the courage of a lion king!
(from the Words of Wisdom, Seikyo Shimbun, April 15th-21st, 2013)
Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
--- DAILY GOSHO ---
"'Joy' means that oneself and others together experience joy."
(Chapter Eighteen: The Benefits of Responding with Joy - The Record of
the Orally Transmitted Teachings, page 146)
Selection source: Teachings of Buddhism, Seikyo Shimbun, May 27th, 2014
Wednesday, June 4th, 2014
---- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT ----
"There is a Russian proverb that says: 'Don't blame the mirror if your
face is awry.' The reflection in the mirror is our own. But some people
get angry with the mirror!
"In the same way, our happiness or unhappiness is entirely a reflection
of the positive and negative causes accumulated in our lives. We cannot
blame others for our misfortunes. This is even more so in the realm of
"There is a Japanese folk tale about a small village where no one had a
mirror. In those days, mirrors were priceless. A man, returning from a
trip to the capital, handed his wife a mirror as a souvenir. It was the
first time for her to see one. Looking into the mirror, she exclaimed:
'Who on earth is this woman? You must've brought a girl back with you
from the capital!' And so a big fight ensued.
"Though this is an amusing anecdote, many people become angry or
distraught over phenomena that are actually nothing but a reflection of
their own lives—their state of mind and the causes that they have
created. Like the wife in the story who exclaims, 'Who on earth is this
woman?' they do not realise their own folly."
SGI Newsletter No. 9000, The Wisdom for Creating Happiness and Peace,
Part 1: Happiness, 2.2 Buddhahood Is the Sun within Us, from the May
2014 issue of the Daibyakurenge, translation released 26th May, 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--
SEIKYO NO KAKUDAI WA
HEIWA TO KOFUKU NO KAKUDAI.
TOTOKI GENRONSEN NI SENKU SURU
SHINBUN CHO NO MINASAMA NI KANSHA!
FUKUTOKU NO EIKAN WA SANZEN!
-- KYO NO GOSHO --
"KI TOWA JITA TOMONI YOROKOBU KOTO NARI"
(Gosho Zenshu, page 761)
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