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August 20, 2019
--TO MY FRIENDS--
Nichiren Daishonin affirms,
“You have associated with a friend
in the orchid room and have
become as straight as mugwort
growing among hemp.”(*)
Our organization is a gathering of
Let's find a good senior in faith with
whom we can discuss any problems
we are facing.
(*)"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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--WAGA TOMO NI OKURU--
"RANSHITSU NO TOMO NI MAJIWARI TE
MAHO NO SHO TO NARU"
GAKKAI WA ZENCHISHIKI NO TSUDOI DA.
DONNA NAYAMI MO SODAN DEKIRU
SHINJIN NO SENPAI O TSUKURO!