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To My Friends

November 10, 2022

Buddhism elucidates the principle,

  “like the lotus flower in the water.”(*)

Let’s live out our lives fulfilling our mission

  amidst the harsh-ridden realities of life, 

  just like the lotus that blooms forth 

  with unsullied purity from muddy waters.

Therein you will discover magnificent flowers

  of happiness!

(*)The Lotus Sutra and Its Opening and Closing Sutras,” 263 

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

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