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Brief Guidances

Spreading Trust and Friendship in Our Communities

I entrust you with the propagation of Buddhism in your province. It is stated that “the seeds of Buddhahood sprout [through causation], and for this reason they [the Buddhas] preach the single vehicle [the Lotus Sutra]” [The Lotus Sutra and Its Opening and Closing Sutras, p. 75].

“The Properties of Rice” (Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, p. 1117).

Nichiren Daishonin has entrusted us with the mission of realizing kosen-rufu in each of our communities. It is an endeavor that requires unending hard work and effort. But there is no place that we, the Bodhisattvas of the Earth, cannot transform.

In a society where human bonds are growing weaker, our sincere actions to unite people’s hearts shine brightly. Through heartfelt dialogue, we can help others form a connection to Nichiren Buddhism, which will lead them to become happy.

Let’s continue to expand our network of trust, with the deep awareness that everyone in our environment is linked to us by a deep karmic bond. For this network constitutes a safe haven of hope and revitalization.

(Translated from the October 22, 2019, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, the Soka Gakkai daily newspaper)

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