Happy New Year!! I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday season and were able to share those days with family or friends. Now the new year of 2018 is here, along with all that it will bring. Let us vow to renew our practice and perhaps try even harder, whether it is being more compassionate, doing daily sutra recitations, or making donation of some kind. We will be starting our services this year by reading and considering President Niwano’s Guidance for the New Year and for this month. Let us use this to guide our 2018 practice. The following week we will have an encore viewing of the DVD on “Wisdom” that so many of us liked and that some were not able to see. The third week of January we will begin our new monthly Study Session on Stories From the Lotus Sutra. I hope that doing this together will get us to begin to understand this sacred text that is the core of Rissho Kosei-kai. We will finish out the month by doing the Special Winter Sutra Recitation. See the Schedule for details. I hope some of you can join us during the week for this wonderful practice. I was also overjoyed to enshrine Marilee’s Gohonzon just before the New Year. What a great way to start the new year!