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    Are words correct?

    I am glad to be born as a human being, and to embrace the Daishonin’s Buddhism andhence I will do my best to help and support this felicity to live a single day withhonor under the guidance of/by High Priest and Chief
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    1. Is the phrase 'help and support this felicity' correct? I don't think so. If it's wrong, could someone please rephrase it for me? Many thanks.

    2. It should be of, not by. Am I correct?

    3. Are there any other errors in the sentence. I think there aren't. If there are, please correct them for me.

    Many thanks.


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    Re: Are words correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    I am glad to be born as a human being, and to embrace the Daishonin’s Buddhism and hence I will do my best to help and support this felicity to live a single day with honor under the guidance of/by High Priest and Chief
    Priest.

    1. Is the phrase 'help and support this felicity' correct? I don't think so. If it's wrong, could someone please rephrase it for me? Many thanks.

    2. It should be of, not by. Am I correct? Yes

    3. Are there any other errors in the sentence. I think there aren't. If there are, please correct them for me.

    Many thanks.

    "I am glad to be born a human being" sounds odd. "I am glad I was born as a human being"

    "and to embrace" >> "and that I embraced".

    I would split this sentence into two after "Buddhism", and start the second part "I will do my best to confirm this good fortune".

    "To live a single day" - do you perhaps mean "to live every/each day"?

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    Re: Are words correct?

    by 'help and support this felicity', do you mean to realize it, i.e. to bring into reality, make real?


    I am glad to be born as a human being and to embrace the Daishonin’s Buddhism, and hence I will do my best to realize the felicity of living with honor under the guidance of the High Priest and the Chief Priest.

    (are you talking about two priests here?? and why only a single day?)


    I believe it is OK to say 'I am glad to be born', as it is Ok to say:
    I'm happy to be born in (the USA), I doubt that I would live anywhere else.
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    Re: Are words correct?

    Hi Bianca

    By 'help and support this felicity', do you mean to realize it, i.e. to bring into reality, make real?

    Honestly, I don't know because I'm editing a speech written by the Japanese priest. But I think he means that he is happy to be in the situation.

    If you've anything to add to what you've posted, please do so. Many thanks.

    Best regards

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    I guess 'help and support this felicity' will do, my alternative changes the meaning a bit. Also, under the guidance of High Priest - I would take away 'the' (as I wrote previously), since you mean 'under the guidance of our High Priest', not some High Priest (higher than others.)

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    Re: Are words correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by bianca View Post
    I guess 'help and support this felicity' will do, my alternative changes the meaning a bit. Also, under the guidance of High Priest - I would take away 'the' (as I wrote previously), since you mean 'under the guidance of our High Priest', not some High Priest (higher than others.)
    Thanks for the editing. I agree it should be 'our High Priest'.

    'help and support this felicity' - Is there such a phrase? Honestly I didn't know it exists. But what does it mean? It's hard editing something written by a Japanese.

    I'm looking forward to your response.

    Thanks, again.

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    Re: Are words correct?

    felicity means bliss, great happiness.

    Here are my other alternatives, since 'help and support' may sound a bit clumsy:

    Hence I will do my best to measure up to the felicity of living with honour under...'

    or better: 'I will do my best to honour the felicity of living under the guidance of Our High Priest...'

    don't overdo the praise!

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    Re: Are words correct?

    Thanks, Anglika and Bianca, for your replies.

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