Scobie John /Buddhist Food for Thought 112514 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Tuesday, Nov 25th, 2014
— TO MY FRIENDS –
To all of our fellow members of the great Kanto region,*
the pillar that supports our Soka movement!
Through your exemplary solidarity
and relentlessly courageous “kanto”* spirit,
construct a land of true peace and happiness!

* Kanto – the area surrounding and including the capital city ofTokyo
**Kanto can also be written with a different set of Chinese characters
that literally mean “fighting courageously”

Tuesday, Nov 25th, 2014
— DAILY GOSHO —
“The place where the person upholds and honours the Lotus Sutra is the ‘place of practice’ to which the person proceeds. It is not that he leaves his present place and goes to some other place. The “place of practice” is the place where the living beings of the Ten Worlds reside.”

(Ongi kuden – Gosho Zenshu, page 781,
The Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings, page 192)
Selection source: “Kyo no hosshin”, Seikyo Shimbun,
November 25th, 2014

Wednesday Nov 26th, 2014
—— DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“How we begin each day is crucial. Let’s start off the morning with the vigour of the rising sun. Doing gongyo and chanting daimoku awakens and revitalises our lives.

“The busier we get and the greater the challenges we face, the more important it is for us to win in the morning….

“The historic Osaka Campaign of 1956 also began with chanting vigorously each morning. That’s how we were able to make the impossible possible. We were able to achieve a monumental victory that will shine for all eternity.

“When we engage in a struggle for kosen-rufu, the three obstacles and four devils will invariably arise to assail us. Every day is an earnest challenge. That’s why it’s essential that we chant powerful daimoku.

“Through employing the strategy of the Lotus Sutra—chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo—let’s strive to transform even opponents into allies for our movement.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9121, Humanistic Teachings for Victory, Continue Winning through Perseverance, Win with Morning Gongyo and Daimoku, from 5th Dec., 2012, issue of the Soka Shimpo, the Soka Gakkai youth division’s fortnightly newspaper, translation released 19th Nov., 2014

* 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–
SOKA NO HASHIRA TARU
DAIKANTO NO TOMO YO!
FUKUTSU NO KANTO SEISHIN TO
MOHAN NO “SCRUM” DE
KOFUKU NO RAKUDO O KIZUKE!

– KYO NO GOSHO –
“HOKEKYO O TAMOCHI TATEMATSURU TOKORO O TOKEIDOJO TO IUNARI KOKO O
SATTE KASHIKO NI IKUNIWA ARAZARUNARI DOJO TO WA JIKKAI NO SHUJO NO
JUSHO O IU NARI.”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 781)

Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 112414 SGI-UK/Japan

A translation of President Ikeda’s “Words of the Week”
published in the Seikyo Shimbun and more.

24th – 30th Nov., 2014
— WORDS OF THE WEEK –
Those who confront obstacles head on fear nothing.
When facing a problem, it’s a perfect opportunity
to elevate our life condition.
Let’s not let that opportunity slip us by!
Just as the Daishonin encourages us,
“The wise will rejoice,”*
let’s live each and every day boldly and confidently.
Let’s play out victorious dramas for kosen-rufu
and our own lives.

*”Something uncommon also occurs when an ordinary person attains Buddhahood. At such a time, the three obstacles and four devils will invariably appear, and the wise will rejoice while the foolish will retreat.” -
“The Three Obstacles and Four Devils”, WND-I, page 637

Monday, Nov., 24th, 2014
— DAILY GOSHO —
“At first only Nichiren chanted Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, but then two, three, and a hundred followed, chanting and teaching others. Propagation will unfold this way in the future as well.”

(The True Aspect of All Phenomena – The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 385)
Selection source: The New Human Revolution, Seikyo Shimbun, November 24th, 2014

Tuesday, Nov., 25th, 2014
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“We are noble Bodhisattvas of the Earth who have appeared in this world for the sake of kosen-rufu. Living in a corrupt and troubled age, we have the greatest possible mission to propagate the Buddhist teaching of respect for the dignity of life and dedicate ourselves to the realisation of peace and happiness of all humankind.

“The Japanese word for mission means ‘to use one’s life.’ …Every day that you chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and use your life to work for the welfare of others, the community, and society, you proceed along the most positive path of life in rhythm with the universe.

“No matter what adversities may beset you, you can definitely change poison into medicine and carry out your human revolution. And by transforming karma into mission, you will be able to encourage and help guide many others.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9122, Humanistic Teachings for Victory, Enact a Brilliant Drama of Human Revolution!, The Mystic Law Is the Wellspring of Happiness, from the 20th March, 2013, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, translation released 20th Nov., 2014

* 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–
TATAKAU INOCHI NI OSORE NASHI.
KYOGAI KAKUMEI NO TOKI O NOGASUNA.
“KENJA WA YOROKOBI” TO
ICHINICHI ICHINICHI O TSUYOKI DE YUKE!
KOFU TO JINSEI NO SHORI GEKI O!

– KYO NO GOSHO –
“NICHIREN ICHININ HAJIMEWA NAM-MYOHO-RENGE-KYO TO TONAESHIGA NININ SANNIN HYAKUNIN TO SHIDAI NI TONAE TSUTAURU NARI MIRAI MO MATA SHIKARU BESHI”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 1360)

Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 112314 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Sunday Nov. 23rd, 2014
— TO MY FRIENDS –
To all of our Tokaido fellow members,*
who burn with the shared commitment
to achieving kosen-rufu with me,
let’s start a new journey to climb
to the peak of the vow that we made together!
With a lion’s roar for “justice and the truth,“
let’s break open the dawn of a new era!

*Tokaido Soka Gakkai includes Kanagawa and Shizuoka prefectures, Japan.

Sunday Nov. 23rd, 2014
— DAILY GOSHO —
“Therefore, those who become Nichiren’s disciples and lay believers should realise the profound karmic relationship they share with him and spread the Lotus Sutra as he does. Being known as a votary of the Lotus Sutra is a bitter, yet unavoidable, destiny.”

(Letter to Jakunichi-bō – The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 994)
Selection source: “Kyo no Hosshin”, Seikyo Shimbun, November 23rd, 2014

Monday Nov. 24th, 2014
—— DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“Through devoting ourselves honestly to SGI activities, we gain the ability to turn all difficulties and obstacles we face into benefit, recognising that “earthly desires lead to enlightenment” and “the sufferings of birth and death lead to nirvana.” No matter how unpleasant the circumstances we find ourselves in, we can transform them into hope and good fortune, into eternal happiness. . . .

“Nichikan Shonin (1665-1726), the renowned restorer of the Daishonin’s Buddhism, assures us: “if you have faith in the Gohonzon and chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo even for a short while, no payer will go unanswered, no offense unexpiated, no good fortune unbestowed, and no righteousness unproven.”[1]

“Yet,why is it, then, that sometimes it seems our prayers aren’t answered? This is a manifestation of the Buddha’s wisdom—functioning so that we can deepen our prayers, become stronger people, live more profound lives, and secure deeper and more lasting good fortune. If our every, slightest prayer were answered immediately, we’d become lazy and complacent, and we couldn’t hope to build a life of great meaning and substance. . . .

“If prayers were automatically answered with no true, deep prayer or wholehearted effort on our part, we would simply become smug and self-satisfied. If that’s how it worked, our practice of Buddhism would not make us into people of outstanding character, it would bring about our ruin. . . .

“The essence is this: if what you are praying for will truly contribute to your happiness and to your becoming a better person, it will be answered without fail. Even if you don’t see the result immediately, it will in time become apparent.

“Let’s all set our sights on leading great lives always dedicated to truth, and move towards that goal in good health and brimming with hope. Let us live our lives boldly and without regret, advancing with patients, enthusiasm and a genuine spirit of friendship and camaraderie. . . .

“I will chant for your happiness with all my heart. I wish you good health and success in your endeavours. Stay well!”

[1] Translated from Japanese. Nichikan, Kanjin no Honzon Sho Mondan (Commentary on “The Object of Devotion for Observing the Mind”), in Nichikan Shonin Mondanshu (The Commentaries of Nichikan Shonin), (Tokyo: Seikyo Shimbunsha, 1980), p. 443.

SGI Newsletter No. 9123, From SGI President Ikeda’s speech at the 23rd Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting held in Tokyo, Japan, on 16th June, 1998 featured in a video of the speech shown during the 8th Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting of the New Era of Worldwide Kosen-rufu, held in Tokyo, on 8th Nov., 2014. Translation released 21st Nov., 2014. Text appeared in 17th Nov., 2014, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, the Soka Gakkai daily newspaper.

* 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–
“KYOSEN” NO KOKORO ATSUKI
TOKAIDO NO TOMO YO!
CHIKAI NO MINE E SHUPPATSU DA!
“SEIGI” NO SHISHIKU DE
SHINJIDAI NO YOAKE O!

– KYO NO GOSHO –
“KAKARU MONO NO DESHI DANNA TO NARAN HITOBITO WA SHUKUEN FUKASHI TO OMOUTE NICHIREN TO ONAJIKU HOKEKYO O HIROMU BEKINARI HOKEKYO NO GYOJA TO IWARENU KOTO HAYA FUSHO NARI MANUKAREGATAKI MI NARI”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 903)

Scobie John /Buddhist Food for Thought 112214 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Saturday Nov. 22nd, 2014
– TO MY FRIENDS –
Buddhism is all about taking action.
First, let’s initiate action ourselves!
When we devote ourselves to achieving kosen-rufu,
our lives definitely gain momentum
and a sun of joy will rise within our lives!

Saturday Nov. 22nd, 2014
— DAILY GOSHO —
“Life is limited; we must not begrudge it. What we should ultimately aspire to is the Buddha land.”

(Aspiration for the Buddha Land 
- The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 214)  
Selection source: The New Human Revolution, 
Seikyo Shimbun, November 22nd, 2014

Sunday Nov. 23rd, 2014
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-

“Referring to the six difficult and nine easy acts,[1] the Daishonin writes: ‘In this age of the Latter Day of the Law, those who ask about the meaning of even one phrase or verse of the Lotus Sutra are far fewer than . . . those who can kick the major world system away like a ball’ (WND-1, 922).
 
“It is more difficult, he is saying, to earnestly seek the Mystic Law than to kick a star system about as if it were a football. If that is so, then how noble is the activity of propagating Buddhism that all of you are engaged in! The Daishonin would surely praise your efforts.

[1] Six difficult and nine easy acts: Comparisons expounded in the “Emergence of the Treasure Tower” (11th) chapter of the Lotus Sutra to teach people how difficult it would be to embrace and propagate the sutra in the Latter Day of the Law. The six difficult acts are to propagate the Lotus Sutra widely, to copy it or cause someone else to copy it, to recite it even for a short while, to teach it even to one person, to hear of and accept the Lotus Sutra and inquire about its meaning, and to maintain faith in it. The nine easy acts include such feats as teaching innumerable sutras other than the Lotus Sutra, walking across a burning prairie carrying a bundle of hay on one’s back without being burned, and kicking a major world system into a different quarter.

* 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–
BUPPO WA KODO DA.
MAZU MIZUKARA GA UGOKO!
KOFU NI HASHIREBA
SEIMEI NI IKIOI GA DERU.
KANKI NO TAIYO GA NOBORU!! 

– KYO NO GOSHO –
“INOCHI KAGIRI ARI OSHIMU BEKARAZU TSUINI NEGAUBEKI WA BUKKOKU NARI”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 955)

Positivity and results 112214

 

Positive words, thoughts and deeds bring about positive results more than the Human Spirit can imagine!

~Liz Who Motivates

 

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Sat AM/PM Reports 112214 Days 331a/331b

Sat AM/PM Reports 112214 Days 331a/331b:  TOTAL STEPS: 1000+. TOTAL MILES: .5. TOTAL SLEEP: 8.25-9.75 hours. Gratitude List. AM Chanting. Triumphant in resting up and self care in spite of distractions. Morning routine, energy/light work, St John’s Wort, self-reiki. etc. Inventory List. PM Chanting. BFAST: 45g/18g=. SNACK 17-19g/3 g. LUNCH: 34g/30+g.  DINNER: 75g/22g. SNACK: 36g+/30g+.  EXERS: gen squats, stretches, 100 mini-sits, ST2x, SW2x, some walking etc.

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FRI AM/PM REPORTS 112114 Days 330a/330b

FRI AM/PM REPORTS 112114 Days 330a/330b:  TOTAL STEPS: 663+. TOTAL MILES: .31. TOTAL SLEEP: 9.0-1105 hours.  Gratitude List. AM Chanting. Morning routine. Energy,/light /other work. St Johns Wort, etc. Inventory List. PM Chanting.  BFAST: 46+g/36+g. SNACK: 19g/9g. LUNCH: 19g/6g.  DINNER: 52g/22g. EXERS: Chores, stretches, gen. squats, 100 mini-sits, pKbells: 200 (2×100) curls, singles…rest.

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Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 112214 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Saturday Nov. 22nd, 2014
– TO MY FRIENDS –
Buddhism is all about taking action.
First, let’s initiate action ourselves!
When we devote ourselves to achieving kosen-rufu,
our lives definitely gain momentum
and a sun of joy will rise within our lives!

Saturday Nov. 22nd, 2014
— DAILY GOSHO —
“Life is limited; we must not begrudge it. What we should ultimately aspire to is the Buddha land.”

(Aspiration for the Buddha Land 
- The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 214)  
Selection source: The New Human Revolution, 
Seikyo Shimbun, November 22nd, 2014

Sunday Nov. 23rd, 2014
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-

“Referring to the six difficult and nine easy acts,[1] the Daishonin writes: ‘In this age of the Latter Day of the Law, those who ask about the meaning of even one phrase or verse of the Lotus Sutra are far fewer than . . . those who can kick the major world system away like a ball’ (WND-1, 922).
 
“It is more difficult, he is saying, to earnestly seek the Mystic Law than to kick a star system about as if it were a football. If that is so, then how noble is the activity of propagating Buddhism that all of you are engaged in! The Daishonin would surely praise your efforts.

[1] Six difficult and nine easy acts: Comparisons expounded in the “Emergence of the Treasure Tower” (11th) chapter of the Lotus Sutra to teach people how difficult it would be to embrace and propagate the sutra in the Latter Day of the Law. The six difficult acts are to propagate the Lotus Sutra widely, to copy it or cause someone else to copy it, to recite it even for a short while, to teach it even to one person, to hear of and accept the Lotus Sutra and inquire about its meaning, and to maintain faith in it. The nine easy acts include such feats as teaching innumerable sutras other than the Lotus Sutra, walking across a burning prairie carrying a bundle of hay on one’s back without being burned, and kicking a major world system into a different quarter.

* 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–
BUPPO WA KODO DA.
MAZU MIZUKARA GA UGOKO!
KOFU NI HASHIREBA
SEIMEI NI IKIOI GA DERU.
KANKI NO TAIYO GA NOBORU!! 

– KYO NO GOSHO –
“INOCHI KAGIRI ARI OSHIMU BEKARAZU TSUINI NEGAUBEKI WA BUKKOKU NARI”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 955)

Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 112114 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Friday Nov 21st, 2014
– TO MY FRIENDS –
The Daishonin encourages us,
“Each of you should summon up the courage of a lion king.”*
Chanting daimoku to achieve our vow of kosen-rufu
is the very source of indomitable courage.
Let’s forever advance by first and foremost chanting daimoku!

*”Each of you should summon up the courage of a lion king and never succumb to threats from anyone.” – “On Persecutions Befalling the Sage”, WND-I, page 997

Friday Nov 21st, 2014
— DAILY GOSHO —
“A sword is useless in the hands of a coward. The mighty sword of the Lotus Sutra must be wielded by one courageous in faith. Then one will be as strong as a demon armed with an iron staff.”

(Reply to Kyō’ō- The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 412)  
Selection source: “Kyo no Hosshin”, Seikyo Shimbun, November 21st, 2014

Saturday Nov 22nd, 2014
—— DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“Let us do our utmost to sustain the wonderfully warm atmosphere of the SGI where members feel free to discuss anything. Unless we do so, our organisation will stop growing and developing. An organisation that is run by orders from above is bound to sink into bureaucracy. It will become rigid, and so will its members. We must not allow that to happen. The SGI is a realm of humanity, the heart, faith, and compassion. It is a realm of unity and mutual inspiration. That is why it is strong. If we value and promote these qualities, the SGI will grow and develop forever…”
 
SGI Newsletter No. 9123, From SGI President Ikeda’s speech at the 23rd Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting held in Tokyo, Japan, on 16th June, 1998 featured in a video of the speech shown during the 8th Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting of the New Era of Worldwide Kosen-rufu, held in Tokyo, on 8th Nov., 2014. Translation released 21st Nov., 2014. Text appeared in 17th Nov., 2014, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, the Soka Gakkai daily newspaper.

* 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–
“ONO ONO SHISHIO NO KOKORO O
TORIIDASHITE” GOSEIKUN.
SEIGAN NO INORI KOSO
FUKUTSU NO YUKI NO GENSEN!
SHODAI KOMPON NI SUSUMIYUKE!

– KYO NO GOSHO –
“TSURUGI NANDOMO SUSUMAZARU HITONO TAMENIWA MOCHIIRU KOTO NASHI HOKEKYO NO TSURUGI WA SHINJIN NO KANAGENARU HITO KOSO MOCHIIRU KOTONARE ONI NI KANABO TARUBESHI”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 1124)

Thurs AM /PM Reports 112014 Days 329a/329b

Thurs AM /PM Reports 112014 Days 329a/329b: TOTAL STEPS: 1500-2000.  TOTAL MILES: .75-1.0. TOTAL SLEEP: 8.5-9.5 hours.   Gratitude List. AM Chanting. Morning routine. Herbs, Energy/light/self-reiki. Inventory List. PM Chanting. Self Care etc. BFAST: 42-46.5g/12.5-16g. SNACK: 15g/7g.  LUNCH: 58g/27.5 g. DINNER: 45g/33g. SNACK: 23g/6.5g. EXERS: 100 mini-sits, 300: leg press, pelvic/back, hip s/s. Chores, etc.

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