A translation of "To My Friends" published in the Seikyo Shimbun based on President Ikeda's recent guidance, and more.
Tuesday, January 30th, 2018
— TO MY FRIENDS --
Studying Nichiren Buddhism
is like using a compass
which points in the direction of victory.
In the midst of striving for kosen-rufu,
ones who engraves the Daishonin's writings
in their hearts
Together with the gosho,
let's withstand any and every
storm of hardship we face,
and joyfully and composedly
embark on an epic voyage of life!
Tuesday, January 30th, 2018
--- DAILY GOSHO ---
"Buddhism primarily concerns itself with victory or defeat"
("The Hero of the World", WND-l page 835)
Selection Source: Member's experience
Seikyo Shimbun: Janurary 30th, 2018
Wednesday, January 31st, 2018
— — DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT ----
"'Evil persons too will be good friends to me' (WND-2, Page 432), is very important.
"'Good friends' in Buddhism are those who support and assist us in our Buddhist practice. Here, however, the Daishonin is saying that 'evil persons' — namely, 'evil friends' or negative influences who persecute and try to obstruct the faith of Buddhist practitioners — are actually good friends to them.
"Why is this? Because by encountering persecution at the hands of such people, he can prove that he is indeed the votary of the lotus sutra. Just as the wind turns the sails of a windmill, adversity enables us to change our negative karma and attain Buddhahood in this lifetime. If we summon ever stronger faith with every difficulty we encounter, we will be able to turn negative influences into positive ones. In fact, that is a hallmark of genuine faith."
New Human Revolution — Volume 27, Fierce Struggle 37, translation released December 2017
The Japanese kanji is available by clicking on Seikyo Shinbun's
-- WAGA TOMO NI OKURU --
KYOGAKU WA SHORI E NO RASHINBAN
KOFU NI TATAKAU NAKADE
GOSHO O MANANDA HITO WA TSUYOI.
IAKANARU ARASHI NIMO MAKEZU
JINSEI NO DAI KOKAI O YUYU TO!
--- KYO NO GOSHO ---
"BUPPO TO MOSU WA SHOBU O SAKI TO SHI"
("SHIJO KINGO DONO GOHENJI", Gosho Zenshu page 1165)
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from there on it is all automatic!
ALSO if you want to introduce a friend to the SGI but just don't know where to start, share with them the following addresses and they can read and watch some very well put together explanations about the SGI. Check it out yourself!
Check out the following address if you are looking for an important gosho quote
And for the children there's a wonderful new web-site
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