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To My Friends

February 21, 2023

Everyone is a capable person for kosen-rufu.

Let’s make a great advance in which we can

  each give full play to our unique individuality

  reflected in the Buddhist principle of “cherry, 

  plum, peach and damson blossoms.”(*)

Nichiren Daishonin affirms,

“If the spirit of many in body but one in mind

  prevails among the people, they will achieve

  all their goals.”(**)

(*)Buddhism teaches the principle of “cherry, plum, peach and damson blossoms,” which elucidates the unique diversity and beauty of all living entities. (cf OTT p. 200)

(**) “Many in Body, One in Mind,” WND 1, 618

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

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