The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin Published in French
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to Europe in 1961, the first volume of The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin has been translated into French and published by Verlag Herder GmbH in cooperation with Soka Gakkai Japan. The publication contains 172 of Nichiren's writings.
Dr. Dennis Gira, a renowned Buddhist scholar in France, acted as editorial supervisor. His wife Mme. Nicole Gira also aided in the editorial process, in the area of French linguistics.
In the readers guide section of the publication Dr. Gira stresses that regardless of religious background, people can learn a great deal from the spirit of Nichiren Buddhism. He also states five keys to reading and understanding Nichiren's writings: 1) Make efforts to grasp the essence of Nichiren's teachings; 2) Study the background and context of each writing; 3) Study the history of Buddhism in order to understand the innovativeness of Nichiren; 4) Keep in mind that Nichiren's writings are for the future propagation of Buddhism; and 5) In order to truly understand Nichiren's ideals, engrave his writings in your heart.
[Adapted from an article in the October 19, 2011, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]