Nichiren Daishonin urges, “Become the master of your mind rather than let your mind master you.”(*) We can orient ourselves toward happiness by being in control of our capricious, ever-changing mind. This is the true joy of our faith and practice! (*)”Reply to the Lay Priest Soya,” WND 1, p. 486 Tentative translation of “To My Friends” published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda’s recent guidance.
Nichiren Daishonin states, “The seeds of Buddhahood sprout through causation.”(*) Let’s treasure each and every connection we have and spend this summer deepening friendships, fostering capable individuals and developing an expansive life condition together!(*)”On the Properties of Rice,” WND 1, p. 1117; from the Lotus Sutra, Chapter Two–Expedient Means
Nichiren Daishonin encourages us to “change poison into medicine.”(*) There is absolutely reason and meaning for all our worries and difficulties. Robust optimism is eloquent testament to being a Buddhist! “The Daimoku of the Lotus Sutra,” WND 1, p. 146 “[The Lotus Sutra is] like a great physician who can change poison into medicine.”
The more good books we read, the more we can cultivate a magnanimous spirit. Let’s challenge ourselves to read even a little. Those who continue to learn are never deadlocked!
The Daishonin states, “Iron, when heated in the flames and pounded, becomes a fine sword.”(*) The hardships that we undergo in our youth become treasures that cultivate our character. Today, too, let’s challenge ourselves and advance! (*)”Letter from Sado,” WND-1, p. 303
Nichiren Daishonin urges us to “test the truth of Buddhism now.”(*) Action is the power for creating happiness. The greater the difficulties, the more we should rise to the challenge with courageous faith! Then we can absolutely open the way toward brilliant achievement!(*)”The Selection of the Time,” WND 1, p. 584 “I say to you, my disciples, try practicing as the Lotus Sutra teaches, exerting yourselves without begrudging your lives! Test the truth of Buddhism now! Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.”
Test examinees, do your best! Don’t be defeated by your own weaknesses! I will be praying for your health, growth, advancement and victory. Please treasure each and every day!
Fellow members who are striving hard at your jobs– The busier you are, the more you should begin the day with strong prayer! Manifesting courage and wisdom, boldly demonstrate victorious actual proof of your faith and practice!
In summer, people are always on the move, beginning with visits to their hometowns. When driving, be vigilant and cautious, always remembering to take rest stops as necessary and strictly observing traffic rules. Don’t forget to exercise “your usual prudence”(*) (*)”The Strategy of the Lotus Sutra,” WND p. 1000 (“It is a matter of rejoicing that your usual prudence and courage, as well as your firm faith in the Lotus Sutra, enabled you to survive unharmed.”)
Summer vacation is an opportunity to strengthen the bond between parents and their children. Listen well to what children have to say. Play together, learn together and nurture a noble and magnanimous spirit!