Buddhist Food for Thought 073014

To My Friends

July 30, 2014

Nichiren Daishonin
admonishes us to
“believe continuously
without ever regressing.”(*)
Continuation is “strength.
With faith as pure as a clear stream,
let’s spend each day brimming
with satisfaction and vibrance.

(*)”Two Kinds of Faith,” WND I, p. 899.

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For Today and Tomorrow

Daily Encouragement by Daisaku Ikeda
Wednesday, July 30, 2014:

Faith enables us to secure ultimate victory. It enables us to live with vigor and joy and to strive to improve ourselves—to become the very best people we can be. Moreover, faith enables us to walk through life with complete assurance and confidence, unafraid of anything.

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Buddhism Day by Day

Wisdom for Modern Life by Daisaku Ikeda
Wednesday, July 30, 2014:

Religion must teach an “attitude to life.” To live a life of true human dignity is certainly difficult. Life is change; it is continuous change. Nothing is constant. The four sufferings of birth, old age, sickness and death are an eternal theme that no one can escape.

Amid harsh reality, people yearn from the depths of their beings to live with dignity and for their lives to have meaning, and they make efforts toward that end. The product of these human yearnings, these prayers, is religion. Religion was born from prayer. What is Nichiren’s response to these prayers of human beings? What attitude toward life does he teach? The answer, in short, is the principle of attaining Buddhahood in this lifetime.

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Daily Wisdom

From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Wednesday, July 30, 2014:

Our worldly misdeeds and evil karma may have piled up as high as Mount Sumeru, but when we take faith in this sutra, they will vanish like frost or dew under the sun of the Lotus Sutra.

The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 1026
Letter to Niike
Written to Niike Saemon-no-jo in February 1280

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Buddhist Food for Thought 072914

To My Friends

July 29th, 2014

To all those who are challenging
themselves to spend the summer
studying for the exam on Nichiren
Buddhism, do your best!
The steady accumulation of efforts will
lead to positive results without fail.
Don’t be defeated by your own lack
of confidence!

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For Today and Tomorrow

Daily Encouragement by Daisaku Ikeda
Tuesday, July 29, 2014:

The ultimate essence of Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism lies in living on through to the very end, pressing ever forward, courageously taking on each new challenge we encounter and never giving up. Constructing eternal glory—the state of Buddhahood—within our own lives is the purpose of our Buddhist practice in this lifetime. Hence the Daishonin’s constant urging that we make tenacious efforts in the present.

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Buddhism Day by Day

Wisdom for Modern Life by Daisaku Ikeda
Tuesday, July 29, 2014:

Compassion is the very soul of Buddhism. To pray for others, making their problems and anguish our own; to embrace those who are suffering, becoming their greatest ally; to continue giving them our support and encouragement until they become truly happy—it is in such humanistic actions that Nichiren Buddhism lives and breathes.

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Daily Wisdom

From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Tuesday, July 29, 2014:

Believe in the Gohonzon with all your heart, for it is the robe to protect you in the world after death. No wife would ever leave her husband unclothed, nor could any parents fail to feel compassion for their child shivering in the cold. Shakyamuni Buddha and the Lotus Sutra are like one’s wife and parents. You have helped me and thereby saved me from disgrace in this life; in return, I will protect you from disgrace in the next. What one has done for another yesterday, will be done for oneself today.

The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 994
Letter to Jakunichi-bo
Written to Jakunichi-bo Niike on September 16, 1279

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Buddhist Food for Thought 072814

Words of the Week

July 28th, 2014

An invigorating gongyo is the
force for health and fulfillment.
With a wise and prudent daily rhythm,
let’s spend each day creating value
cheerfully, joyfully and in good health.

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For Today and Tomorrow

Daily Encouragement by Daisaku Ikeda
Monday, July 28, 2014:

Life is a process of ongoing challenge. Those who lead lives of boundless challenge realize boundless growth. In a time of tumultuous change, what people need most is the vitality to challenge their circumstances and the wisdom to open the treasure-house of knowledge and to ceaselessly strive to create new value.

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Buddhism Day by Day

Wisdom for Modern Life by Daisaku Ikeda
Monday, July 28, 2014:

The Buddha’s compassion is perfectly equal and impartial. The Buddha views all beings as his own children and strives to elevate them to attain his same enlightened state of life. It’s not that there are no differences among people. Rather, it’s that the Buddha, while fully recognizing people’s differences, does not discriminate among them.

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Daily Wisdom

From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Monday, July 28, 2014:

Since I have realized that only the Lotus Sutra teaches the attainment of Buddhahood by women, and that only the Lotus is the sutra of true requital for repaying the kindness of our mother, in order to repay my debt to my mother, I have vowed to enable all women to chant the daimoku of this sutra.

The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 931
The Sutra of True Requital
Written to the lay nun Sennichi on July 28, 1278

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Tues AM/PM Report 072914 Days 214/214b

 Tues AM/PM Reports  072914 Days 214/214b:   TOTAL STEPS: 900-1800. TOTAL MILES: .4-.8. TOTAL SLEEP: 10.5 -13.5+ hours.  Gratitude list. AM Chanting. Inventory list. PM Chanting. Morning routine. Chores. Moving lots of energy.  Got a good night’s sleep. Writing, blogging, other work. Client relations. Networking. Scheduling,  Member care, etc.  Staying focused and on target with goals and mission. BFAST: 50g/13g. LUNCH: 46.5g/26g. DINNER: 48g/22g. EXERS: Stretches, squats, walking , chores, energy work, assorted leg, ab, back, hip etc exers.

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Mon AM/PM Reports 072814 Days 213/213b

Mon AM/PM Reports 072814 Days 214/214b:   TOTAL STEPS: 1975-2100+. TOTAL MILES: .9-1.0+.  TOTAL SLEEP: 10-12.5 + hours. Gratitude list. AM Chanting. Inventory list. PM Chanting. Writing, blogging and other work. Errands etc. Energy work w/Coach-felt better. BFAST: 32g/29g. LUNCH: 53g+/25g. SNACK: 20g/9.5g. DINNER: 47g/35g.  EXERS: Stretches, gen. squats,  Walking, inclines 2x, steps, Chores, groceries and other assorted arm, leg, ab, back, hip exers.

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Sun PM Report 072714 Day 212b

Sun PM Report 072714 Day 212b: TOTAL STEPS: 3200+. TOTAL MILES: 1.6+. TOTAL SLEEP: 9-12+hours. Inventory list. PM Chanting.  Great time supporting the Many Treasures Group.Nice drive (thanks Birdena and Pascale).  Meal#2: 59g/20g. Meal#3: 45g/30g. Dinner: 45g/30g. EXERS: Walking, steps, inclines, climbing, etc.

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Scobie John 072914 SGI-UK/Japan

A translation of President Ikeda’s “To My Friends”
published in the Seikyo Shimbun and more.

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
— TO MY FRIENDS –
To all those who are challenging and preparing
for any decisive exams over this summer,

please try to do your very best!
All the efforts you have been so painstakingly making over time
will certainly blossom into results.
Let’s never be defeated by any possible lack in confidence!

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Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
— DAILY GOSHO —
“My wish is that all my disciples make a great vow.”

(The Dragon Gate – The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol.1, page 1003)
Selection source: SGI President Ikeda’s Essay, “The Song of Human
Victory”,  Seikyo Shimbun, July 11th, 2014

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Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“In the realm of faith, all the struggles and hardships undertaken for the sake of the Law and kosen-rufu become great benefit and good fortune. In fact, those who have suffered the most will become the happiest. This is the essence of Nichiren Buddhism.”

“Our karma is the noble mission that we chose to take on. Buddhist principles such as ‘earthly desires lead to enlightenment,’ ‘the sufferings of birth and death lead to nirvana,’ and ‘changing poison into medicine’ teach us that if we have a strong core of faith in our lives, we can dramatically turn around all misfortune that may assail us.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9054, translation released 25th July, 2014,
The New Human Revolution--Vol. 26: Chap. 4, Bold Advance 65.

 

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* The Japanese kanji is available by clicking on Seikyo Shinbun’s
web-site address at http://www.seikyoonline.jp/news/index.html

–WAGATOMO NI OKURU–
SHOBU NO NATSU NI IDOMU
JUKENSEI, GANBARE!
JIMICHI NI TSUMIKASANETA
DORYOKU GA KANARAZU MI O MUSUBU.
JIBUN JISHIN NI MAKERU NA!

– KYO NO GOSHO –
“NEGAWAKUWA WAGA DESHIRA DAIGAN O OKOSE”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 1561)

Scobie John 072814 SGI-UK/Japan

A translation of President Ikeda’s “Words of the Week”
published in the Seikyo Shimbun and more.
July 28th-August 3rd, 2014
— WORDS OF THE WEEK –

Constantly doing a vibrant gongyo is
the source of good health and a fulfilling life.
By using our wisdom to maintain
a good rhythm in our daily lives,
let’s create value each and every day,
cheerfully, happily and in good health!
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Monday, July 28th, 2014
— DAILY GOSHO —
“Single-mindedly chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and urge others to do the same; that will remain as the only memory of your present life in this human world.”

(Questions and Answers about Embracing the Lotus Sutra – The Writings of
Nichiren Daishonin, Volume I, page 64) Selection Source: “Kyo no Hosshin”,
Seikyo Shimbun, July 28th, 2014

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Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“However great the hardships and suffering they may experience, those who are striving for kosen-rufu have already, at a most fundamental level, overcome them because the sun of the boundless life state of Bodhisattva and Buddhahood shines in their hearts. Undaunted by the dark nights of karmic suffering, they bring their lives to shine brightly, illuminating the darkness and ushering in a dawn of revitalisation.

“…While none of us can escape the four sufferings of birth, aging, sickness, and death, Buddhism teaches a means to resolve life’s fundamental problems through awakening us to the eternal and unchanging nature of life.

“In the course of life there may be painful times and sad times, and even times when we lose hope. But by chanting daimoku before the Gohonzon, we can bring forth strength and limitless life force. And as we continue to chant and share Nichiren Buddhism with others, we naturally come to transform our karma and accumulate great good fortune in our lives. Chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo ourselves and teaching others to do the same is the driving force for persevering through the harsh realities of society.”

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SGI Newsletter No. 9054, translation released 25th July, 2014,
The New Human Revolution––Vol. 26: Chap. 4, Bold Advance 65.
 
 * The Japanese kanji is available by clicking on Seikyo Shinbun’s web-site
address at http://www.seikyoonline.jp/news/index.html
–KONSHU NO KOTOBA–
HARI NO ARU GONGYO KOSO
KENKO TO JUJITSU NO CHIKARA NARI.
SOMEINA SEIKATSU NO “rhythm” DE
KACHI SOZO NO ICHINICHI ICHINICHI O!
AKARUKU TANOSHIKU SUKOYAKA NI.

– KYO NO GOSHO –
“SUBEKARAKU KOKOTO O ITSUNI SHITE NAM-MYOHO-RENGE-KYO TO WARE MO TONAE TA OMO SUSUMEN NOMIKOSO KONJO NINKAI NO OMOIDE NARUBEKI”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 467)