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To My Friends

December 1, 2022

Nichiren Daishonin affirms,

“You have associated with a friend

  in the orchid room and have 

  become as straight as mugwort 

 growing among hemp.”(*)

Let’s advance together to accomplish

  our human revolution as we help

  polish and inspire one another in

  our beautiful realm of Soka!

(*)”On Establishing the Correct Teaching for the Peace of the Land,” WND-1, 23)

 “A friend in the orchid room” indicates a person of virtue. The implication is that the company of a virtuous person works as a good influence, just as one is imbued with fragrance on entering a room filled with orchids. It is said that mugwort supported by hemp plants grows upright. 

Tentative translation of “To My Friends” published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda’s recent guidance.

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