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To My Friends

September 10, 2023

When we “[associate] with
   a friend in the orchid room,”(*)
   our lives will bloom beautifully
   with richness and redolence.
Let’s pray and go to our friends
   in high spirits, listening well to
   what they have to say and
   learning from one another.
Let’s create a fragrant breeze
   of cheerful encouragement!

(*)”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 “Words of the Week” published in the Seikyo
Shimbun, based on President Ikeda’s recent guidance.

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