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Friday, May 6, 2016

[SGI-ToMyFriends-Wagatomo] 7th May, 2016 Daily Encouragement


* There is a national press holiday in Japan to give all newspaper staff, across the board, a rest. So there is ONLY Daily encouragement today. Back up to speed tomorrow!  

A translation of President Ikeda's "To My Friends" 
published in the Seikyo Shinbun and more.

Saturday, May 7th, 2016
"In a letter to a female disciple [the lay nun Ueno], Nichiren Daishonin writes: 'Neither the pure land nor hell exists outside oneself; both lie only within one's own heart. Awakened to this, one is called a Buddha; deluded about it, one is called an ordinary person' (WND-1.  456).

"Happiness and hell are within you, inside your own hearts and minds.

"Being a celebrity doesn't guarantee happiness. Neither does popularity. Honours and accolades are not true happiness, nor is wealth.

"True happiness lies in tapping the inner source of eternal, indestructible, absolute happiness that is Nam-myoho-renge-kyo—shining in the depths of your being that is still a work in progress—as you strive to cultivate your own life. This is the essence of Buddhism.

"The aim of our faith is for us to win in life. Buddhism is a set of principles to enable us to do so.

"To gloriously triumph in life, we need to strive just as always in our daily lives, carrying out our everyday responsibilities, and forge ahead with ever greater strength on the road of kosen-rufu.

"When you do that, your life will shine with an endlessly noble spirit. The countless Buddhas of the ten directions and three existences will protect all of you—inspiring, unsung emissaries of the Buddha—as foremost champions of the world."

SGI Newsletter No. 9388, The Wisdom for Creating Happiness and Peace, Part 2: Human Revolution, Chap. 17: Message for Youth [Part 2 of 4], 17.7 Live with an Invincible Spirit, from the January 2016 issue of the Daibyakurenge, translation released 22nd April, 2016


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