Scobie John 082114 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
— TO MY FRIENDS –
The strength and development in our solidarity for kosen-rufu
is possible only because of the noble efforts and support
of those who tirelessly work behind the scenes!
Let’s wholeheartedly applaud and praise the efforts
of members who are sincerely engaged in dialogue,
chanting for their friends’ happiness
and taking concrete steps to lead them in that direction!

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Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
— DAILY GOSHO —
“Both of you have continued believing in the Lotus Sutra; thus you are now ridding yourselves of your grave offenses from the past. For example, the flaws in iron come to the surface when it is forged.”

(Letter to the Brothers – The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol.1, page 497)
Selection source: “Kyo no Hosshin”, Seikyo Shimbun, August 21st, 2014

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Friday, Aug 22nd, 2014
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
” ​My mentor, second Soka Gakkai president Josei Toda, said: ‘All of our members are Bodhisattvas of the Earth who have emerged in the garden of the Soka Gakkai. Even members who may not be attending meetings now are certain to join us at a crucial moment.’

“While I was in Osaka in July 1956, I paid a home visit to a Kansai women’s division group leader. Just like many of our women’s division group and district leaders today, she strove earnestly for kosen-rufu while raising her young children—often bringing them to meetings with her—and caring for her ill mother-in-law. This women’s division leader passed away recently, but she remained actively engaged in Soka Gakkai activities to the very end. She once declared: ‘Our local community is a treasure land that has been entrusted to us by the Daishonin. There’s no way we won’t be able to expand our network of capable people and friends who share a connection with the Daishonin’s Buddhism.’ Loved and appreciated by members and nonmembers alike, she adorned her life with brilliant victory. This is the true Soka Gakkai spirit.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9067, Applauding Our Men’s and Women’s Division Group Leaders, from the September 2014 issue of the Daibyakurenge, translation released 18th Aug., 2014

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

–WAGATOMO NI OKURU–
TOTOKI KAGE NO JINRYOKU ARITE
KOFU NO RENTAI WA KAKUDAI!
TOMO NO KOFUKU NO TAME
JIMICHI NI INORI, ARUKI
KATARU HITO NI SAIDAI NO SHOSAN O!

– KYO NO GOSHO –
“ONO-ONO ZUIBUN NI HOKEKYO O SHINZERARETSURU YUENI KAKO NO JUZAI O
SEME IDASHI TAMAITE SORO TATOEBA KUROGANE O YOKUYOKU KITAEBA KIZU NO
ARAWARURU GA GOTOSHI”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 1083)

Thurs AM Report 082114 Day 237a

Thurs AM Report 082114 Day 237a:  Thankful Thoughts to all this Thursday! Gratitude List. AM chanting. Today’s lessons: Compassion, Letting Go—“Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys,” etc.  All opportunities to chant more and spread my positivity.  Day filled with writing and other work, chores etc. BFAST: 40g/12g. EXERS: walking, stretches, gen. squats, chores. More on day, meals and exercise in PM Report. May you all have a thrilling and thriving Thursday making your own thunder :-D

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Scobie John 082014 SGI-UK/Japan

A translation of President Ikeda’s “To My Friends” 
published in the Seikyo Shimbun and more.Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
— TO MY FRIENDS –
The Daishonin encourages us to be

“filial towards our father and mother.”*
A person who can repay their debt of gratitude 
to their parents is indeed a truly great person.
Through what we say and do
let’s do all we can to convey our appreciation to our parents. 

*Gosho, The Four Virtues and the Four Debts of Gratitude – WND-II, page 636
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Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
— DAILY GOSHO —
“Therefore, wherever we dwell and practise the single vehicle, that
place will be the Capital of Eternally Tranquil Light.”

(Reply to Sairen-bō – The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol.1, page 313). Selection Source: “Kyo no Hosshin”, Seikyo Shinbun, August 21st, 2014

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Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-

“​In our blocks and districts, we find the very essence of Buddhist practice. We find a realm of encouragement and support that characterises the people-centred Buddhism of Nichiren Daishonin, as well as a preeminent model for a human community that can illuminate the future.  

“The Daishonin writes: ‘All those who keep faith in the Lotus Sutra are most certainly Buddhas’ (WND-1, 756); and ‘[The Lotus Sutra] says [regarding a person who accepts and upholds this sutra], “You should rise and greet him from afar, showing him the same respect you would a Buddha” [LSOC28, 365]. You should respect one another [as Buddhas]‘ (WND-1, 757).”

SGI Newsletter No. 9067, Applauding Our Men’s and Women’s Division Group Leaders,  from the September 2014 issue of the Daibyakurenge, translation released 18th Aug., 2014

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

–WAGATOMO NI OKURU–
“FUBO NI KO ARU BESHI”
OYAKOKO DEKIRU HITO GA
IDAI NA HITO DA.
WAGA KOTOBA TO FURUMAI DE
KANSHA NO KOKORO O TSUTAEYO!

– KYO NO GOSHO –
“SAREBA WARERAGA KYOJU SHITE ICHIJO O SHUGYO SENNO TOKORO WA IZURENO
TOKORO NITEMO  SORAE JOJAKKO NO MIYAKO NARUBESHI”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 1343)

Wed AM/PM Reports 082014 Days 236a/236b

Wed AM/PM Reports 082014 Days 236a/236b: TOTAL STEPS: 2500+. TOTAL MILES: 1.2-1.5+???. TOTAL SLEEP: 10.5 hours. Gratitude List. AM Chanting. Inventory List. PM Chanting.  Work. Rest. Member care. District meeting. BFAST: 45g/14g. LUNCH: 69.5g/34.5g. DINNER: 44g/16g. SNACK #1: 13g/3g. SNACK#2: 32g/4g.  EXERS: 100 mini-sits, chores, stretches, gen. squats, other exers., stairs 2x, walking.

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Tues PM Report 082014 Day 235b

Tues PM Report 082014 Day 235b: TOTAL STEPS: 1900-2200+. TOTAL  MILES: .9-1.0+. TOTAL SLEEP: 10-11.5 hours. Feeling impact of recent energy and karma releases.  Inventory list. PM Chanting. Still a productive day. BFAST: 45g/14g. LUNCH: 589g/19g????. SNACK #1: 25g/7g. DINNER:50g/38g. SNACK #2: 10-15g/20+ g. EXERS: 100 ab crunches, ab push, ab lunges, chores, stretches, gen. squats,   other exers:  legs, abs, back etc.

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Buddhist Food for Thought 082114

For Today and Tomorrow

Daily Encouragement by Daisaku Ikeda
Thursday, August 21, 2014:

Those who say “I’ll do it,” who are willing to take on a challenge even if they are alone, are true winners. The determination, the commitment to take action yourself, is the force that leads to victory. As Buddhism teaches in the principle of a life-moment possesses 3,000 realms, our mind or attitude can change everything.

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Buddhism Day by Day

Wisdom for Modern Life by Daisaku Ikeda
Thursday, August 21, 2014:

It is important to remember that your worth as a person is not based on your profession. It is not based on wealth, fame or academic credentials. What counts is how hard you have striven in your chosen path, how much good you have accomplished, how earnestly you have devoted your energies to it. It is your spirit of devotion, your sincerity, that determines your true worth.

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Daily Wisdom

From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Thursday, August 21, 2014:

T’ien-t’ai states, “By observing the fury of the rain, we can tell the greatness of the dragon that caused it, and by observing the flourishing of the lotus flowers, we can tell the depth of the pond they grow in.” Miao-lo says, “Wise men can perceive the cause of things, as snakes know the way of snakes.” When the skies are clear, the ground is illuminated. Similarly, when one knows the Lotus Sutra, one understands the meaning of all worldly affairs.

The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 376
The Object of Devotion for Observing the Mind Established in the Fifth Five-Hundred-Year Period after the Thus Come One’s Passing
Written to Toki Jonin on April 25, 1273

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Buddhist Food for Thought 082014

To My Friends

August 20, 2014

“Filial piety toward one’s father and mother”
[is one of the four virtues Nichiren Daishonin
mentions.](*)
Those who treat their parents with kindness
and consideration are great individuals.
Let’s express our appreciation to our parents
through words and deeds.

(*)”The Four Virtues and the Four Debts of Gratitude,” WND II, p. 636

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For Today and Tomorrow

Daily Encouragement by Daisaku Ikeda
Wednesday, August 20, 2014:

To be fearless no matter what happens—that is the root of true happiness. To move forward resolutely regardless of what lies in store—that is the spirit, the resolve, that leads to human victory. But if we allow ourselves to be disturbed by petty criticism and slander, if we fear pressure and persecution, we will never advance nor create anything of lasting value.

 

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Buddhism Day by Day

Wisdom for Modern Life by Daisaku Ikeda
Wednesday, August 20, 2014:

Nature is like a mirror. It remains still, but I move. It seems unchanging, yet I am constantly changing. The mirror of nature reflects my inner world, the essence of humanity, and the great, all-embracing expanse of life itself. Only when we are connected to nature, engaged with nature, are we truly alive and vigorous. To really be alive, one must be under the sun, the moon, the shining stars and surrounded by the beautiful greenery and pure waters of the natural world.

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Daily Wisdom

From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Wednesday, August 20, 2014:

And do not go around lamenting to others how hard it is for you to live in this world. To do so is an act utterly unbecoming to a worthy man.

The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 850
The Three Kinds of Treasure
Written to Shijo Kingo on September 11, 1277

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Scobie John 0891914 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Tuesday, Aug 19th, 2014
— TO MY FRIENDS –
Let’s widely share our philosophy
of the deep respect for human life
with one person after another!
This is the grand path that will lead
to a truly peaceful world.

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Tuesday, Aug 19th, 2014
— DAILY GOSHO —
“And now when Nichiren chants Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, he is enabling all living beings to attain Buddhahood in the ten thousand years of the Latter Day of the Law.”
(Ongi kuden – Gosho Zenshu, page 720, The Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings, page 41) Selection source: President Ikeda’s Essay: Our Grand Path to Victory, Seikyo Shimbun, August 1st, 2014

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dolphins.livejournal.com

Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“‘Even when . . . priests set out from Japan to take some sutras [back] to China, no one was found there who could embrace these sutras and teach them to others. It was as though there were only wooden or stone statues garbed in priests’ robes and carrying begging bowls.’
From “On the Buddha’s Prophecy” (WND-1, 401).

“Fostering successors is building the future. The SGI’s efforts to raise capable successors constitute sowing the seeds for world peace. If the number of people who are dedicated to kosen-rufu increases, we will be able to reduce the amount of misery there is in the world. Our future division members have an especially important mission in that respect.

” ​Those who embrace the Mystic Law and teach it to others, illuminating the lives of all around them, are genuine ‘treasures of the nation.’ Accordingly, those who foster similarly dedicated successors are also such treasures—indeed, they are theforemost treasures of the entire world.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9068, (24) Those Who Embrace and Spread the Mystic Law Are Genuine “Treasures of the Nation.” Aug.16th, 2014, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, translation released 18th Aug., 2014

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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–
SEIMEI SONGEN NO TETSUGAKU O
HITORI MATA HITORI TO KATARI HIROGEYO!
SORE GA SHINJITSU NO HEIWA O KIZUKU ODO DA.

– KYO NO GOSHO –
“IMA NICHIREN GA TONAURU TOKORO NO NAM-MYOHO-RENGE-KYO WA MAPPO ICHIMANNEN NO SHUJO MADE JOBUTSU SESHIMURU NARI” (Gosho Zenshu, page 720)

Tues AM Report 081914 Day 235a

Tues AM Report 081914 Day 235a: Good Morning to All! Gratitude List. AM Chanting. Morning routine. Chores. Writing and other work. Member care etc. More on day, meals and exercise in PM Report. May all of you have a Terrific Tuesday!

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Buddhist Food for Thought 081914

To My Friends

August 19, 2014

Let’s continue to share and spread
the great, life-affirming philosophy of
Nichiren Buddhism, one person at a time.
This is the noble path to creating
genuine peace.

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For Today and Tomorrow

Daily Encouragement by Daisaku Ikeda
Tuesday, August 19, 2014:

Buddhism is wisdom. As long as we have wisdom, we can put all things to the best use; we can turn everything in the direction of happiness.

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Buddhism Day by Day

Wisdom for Modern Life by Daisaku Ikeda
Tuesday, August 19, 2014:

Ultimately, we are responsible for our own destiny. It may seem to us that our fate is predetermined, whether by our genes or by our environment. What really matters, however, is how we can improve ourselves from this moment forward, how we can change the circumstances that we find ourselves in. This enormous transformative force is what Buddhism is all about. In this struggle lies the source of never-ending youth and vitality.

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sgi-usa.org

 

Daily Wisdom

From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Tuesday, August 19, 2014:

During [Sudatta's] last period of poverty, when all the people had fled or perished and only he and his wife remained, they had five measures of rice that would nourish them for five days. At that time, five people—Mahakashyapa, Shariputra, Ananda, Rahula and Shakyamuni Buddha—came one after another to beg for the five measures of rice, which Sudatta gave them. From that day on, Sudatta was the wealthiest man in all India, and he built the Jetavana Monastery. From this, you should understand all things.

The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 1086
The Wealthy Man Sudatta
Written to Nanjo Tokimitsu on December 27, 1280

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