Scobie John /Buddhist Food for Thought 102914 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2014
— TO MY FRIENDS –
Let’s set our sights on the goals we have set ourselves
and put our best efforts into the realisation of them!
It’s in the midst of such relentless efforts
that we are able to experience both growth and advancement,
as well as the construction of something new and unique!

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Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2014
— DAILY GOSHO —
“This I will state. Let the gods forsake me. Let all persecutions
assail me. Still I will give my life for the sake of the Law.”

(The Opening of the Eyes – The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol.1, page 280)
Selection Source: “Kyo no Hosshin”, Seikyo Shinbun, Oct 29th, 2014

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Thursday, Oct 30th, 2014
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“Nichiren Daishonin declares: ‘”Joy” means that oneself and others together experience joy. . . . Both oneself and others together will take joy in their possession of wisdom and compassion’ (OTT, 146).

“Both ourselves and others matter. Caring only about one’s own happiness is selfish. Claiming to care only about the happiness of others is hypocritical. Real ‘joy’ lies in both ourselves and others becoming happy together.

“Second Soka Gakkai president Josei Toda said: ‘Becoming happy yourself is no great challenge; it’s quite simple. But the essence of Nichiren Buddhism lies in helping others become happy, too.’”[1]

SGI Newsletter No. 9112, The Wisdom for Creating Happiness and Peace, Part 1: Happiness, Chap. 5: Happiness for Both Ourselves and Others, from the October 2014 issue of the Daibyakurenge, translation released 27th Oct., 2014

[1] Translated from Japanese. Josei Toda, Toda Josei Zenshu (Collected Writings of Josei Toda), (Tokyo: Seikyo Shimbunsha, 1984), vol. 4, p. 378.

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

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–WAGATOMO NI OKURU–
WAGA MOKUHYO E MUKAI
SHUNEN NO CHOSEN O!
TAYUMAZARU DORYOKU NO NAKA NI
JISHIN NO SEICHO GA ARI
ATARASHIKI KENSETSU GA ARU!

– KYO NO GOSHO –
“SENZURU TOKORO WA TEN MO SUTE TAMAE SHONAN NIMO AE SHINMYO O GO TO SEN”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 232)

Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 102814 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Tuesday, Oct 28th, 2014
— TO MY FRIENDS –
Though we might find ourselves in the midst of a hectic life,
let’s try to spare some time to read!
Even five minutes of reading a day can go a long way.
A person who is constantly investing time in learning
is never deadlocked!

 

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Tuesday, Oct 28th, 2014
— DAILY GOSHO —
“Today there are people who have faith in the Lotus Sutra. The belief of some is like fire while that of others is like water. When the former listen to the teachings, their passion flares up like fire, but as time goes on, they tend to discard their faith. To have faith like water means to believe continuously without ever regressing.”

The Two Kinds of Faith
– The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol.1, page 899
Selection source: Myoji no Gen, Seikyo Shimbun, October 27th, 2014

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Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2014
—— DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT ——
“Our warm and welcoming SGI gatherings—open to members and guests alike—shine as in light of hope illuminating our communities. As frozen hearts melt, trust grows. When we foster strong ties with our neighbours and others close to us, the realm of Soka will become a safe haven for them at a crucial moment.

“No matter how others may respond, let’s take the initiative to greet them and expand the circle of those who have a connection with Nichiren Buddhism. Our women’s division members are role models in this sphere.

“In helping others, working for their happiness—a sense of purpose shines. Doing so gives us joy and the strength to live our lives. It enables us to do our human revolution.

“Nichiren Daishonin states: ‘“Joy” means that oneself and others together experience joy’ (OTT, 146). True joy and the greatness of faith lie in the fact that we strive not only for our own happiness but help others become happy, too. Our sincere concern and prayers for others will definitely be understood by them someday.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9109, Opening a New Era of Kosen-rufu Together, (37) Talking to Others about Nichiren Buddhism with Courage and Joy, from 13th Oct., 2014, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun translation released 21st Oct., 2014

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

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–WAGATOMO NI OKURU–
TABO NA NAKA NI ATTE MO
DOKUSHO NO ITOMA O TSUKURO!
ICHINICHI GO FUN DE MO II.
MANABI TUZUKERU JINSEI NI
IKI ZUMARI WA NAI!

– KYO NO GOSHO –
“SOMOSOMO IMA NO TOKI HOKEKYO O SHINZURU HITO ARI ARUIWA HI NO GOTOKU SHINZURU HITOMO ARI ARUIWA MIZU NO GOTOKU SHINZURU HITO MO ARI CHOMON SURU TOKI WA MOETATSUBAKARI OMOEDOMO TOZAKARINUREBA SUTSURU KOKORO ARI MIZU NO GOTOKU TO MOSUWA ITSUMO TAISEZU SHINZURU NARI”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 1544)

Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 102714 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Oct 27th-Nov 2nd, 2014
— WORDS OF THE WEEK –
We practice a faith that enables us
to overcome any and all obstacles.
The Mystic Law is the absolute law (of the universe).
With such unyielding conviction,
let’s chant daimoku until we overcome 
the challenges that confront us now.
All of our struggles to overcome our present hardships
will definitely transform into priceless assets in our lives.
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Monday, Oct 27th, 2014
— DAILY GOSHO —
“When the people all chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, the wind will no longer buffet the branches, and the rain will no longer break the clods of soil. The world will become as it was in the ages of Fu Hsi and Shen Nung. In their present existence the people will be freed from misfortune and disasters and learn the art of living long.”

(On Practicing the Buddha’s Teachings- 

The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol. 1, Page 392) 
Selection source: “Kyo no Hosshin”, Seikyo Shimbun, Oct 27th, 2014



Tuesday, Oct 28th, 2014
—— DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-

“As a youth, I wrote in my diary: ‘What is religious revolution? The straight road to human happiness. What are the means to win religious revolution? Carrying out the supreme philosophy myself. Grasping and mastering the basis myself.’ This was my conviction.”
 
SGI Newsletter No.9111, The Song of Human Victory, Sriving in the “Two Ways of Practice and Study.”  From 23rd Sep. 2014 issue of the Seikyo Shinbun, translation released 24th Oct., 2014

[1] Daisaku Ikeda, A Youthful Diary: One Man’s Journey from the Beginning of Faith to Worldwide Leadership for Peace (Santa Monica, California: World Tribune Press, 2000), p. 12.

* The Japanese kanji is available by clicking on Seikyo Shinbun’s web-site address at http://www.seikyoonline.jp/news/index.html
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–KONSHU NO KOTOBA–
NAN O NORIKOERU SHINJIN DA.
MYOHO WA ZETTAI NARI TONO
DAIKAKUSHIN DE INORIKIRE!
IMA NO ROKU GA KANARAZUYA
SEIMEI NO ZAIHO TO NARU.

– KYO NO GOSHO –
“BAMMIN ICHIDO NI NAM-MYOHO-RENGE-KYO TO TONAE TATEMATSURABA FUKU KAZE EDA O NARASAZU AME TSUCHIKURE O KUDAKAZU YOWA GINO NO YOTO NARITE KONJO NIWA FUSHO NO SAINAN O HARAI CHOSEI NO JUTSU O E”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 502)

Scobie John /Buddhist Food for Thought 102614 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Sunday, Oct 26th, 2014
— TO MY FRIENDS –
Those who can win over their shortfalls
are without doubt the greatest victors of all!
Better today than yesterday,
more so tomorrow than today,
let’s advance even if it is only just one step!
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Sunday, Oct 26th, 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, Vol. 1, Page 64) Selection source: “Kyo no Hosshin”, Seikyo Shimbun, Oct 26th, 2014

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Monday, Oct 27th, 2014
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-

“Basing everything on the Gosho is the unchanging formula for being ever victorious that is alive and vibrant in Kansai.
 
“During that intense time of the Osaka campaign I presented a young women’s division member with a Gosho passage and encouraged her to always keep it in mind. It is the passage from ‘The Opening of the Eyes': ‘Although I and my disciples may encounter various difficulties, if we do not harbour doubts in our hearts, we will as a matter of course attain Buddhahood…. Foolish men are likely to forget the promises they have made when the crucial moment comes’ (WND-1, 283).
 
“True faith is tested in times of adversity. True commitment to the path of mentor and disciple is tested when one is alone.
 
“Later, that young woman moved to Brazil, which became her noble place of mission. Keeping this Gosho passage in her heart, she strove tirelessly as a women’s division leader to the end of her life, and helped build a solid foundation for kosen-rufu in South America.
 
“In the light of the Daishonin’s writings, the ties forged through a life dedicated to the Mystic Law endure eternally throughout the three existences of past, present, and future.
 
“At this special time of the autumn equinox [when the deceased are traditionally remembered in Japan], I am praying sincerely for the eternal happiness of all our deceased fellow members, as well as that of the deceased relatives and ancestors of our precious members everywhere.”
 
SGI Newsletter No.9111, The Song of Human Victory, Sriving in the “Two Ways of Practice and Study.”  From the 23rd Sep. 2014 issue of the Seikyo Shinbun, translation released 24th Oct., 2014
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–WAGATOMO NI OKURU–
JIBUN NI KATSU HITO KOSO
MOTTOMO IDAINA SHORISHA!
KINO YORIMO KYO
KYO YORIMO ASU E
IPPO DEMO MAE NI SUSUME!

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

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

Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 102514 SGI-UK/Japan

* Just to remind one and all that we inevitably do NOT finish one SGI Newsletters’ guidances before the next “latest” edition appears! So please do remember to search out the rest of these fabulous guidances in your local SGI publications! Hope you have a fabulous day!…
A translation of President Ikeda’s “To My Friends” 
published in the Seikyo Shimbun and more.

Saturday, Oct 25th, 2014
— TO MY FRIENDS –
It’s by studying Buddhism together and 
talking over what we have learned with each other
that we develop the prime point of our faith and practice.
Let’s give the best possible encouragement we can to
all of our Buddhist Study Introductory exam takers!
(sgi.org)

(sgi.org)



Saturday, Oct 25th, 2014
— DAILY GOSHO —
“Those with the heart of a lion king are sure to attain Buddhahood.”

(Letter from Sado – The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol. 1, Page ) 
Selection source: SGI President Ikeda’s guidance, Seikyo Shimbun, Oct 25th, 2014

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Sunday, Oct 26th, 2014
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-

“Speaking of the attitude we should adopt in studying the Gosho, Mr. Toda once said:
“‘You should be aware that all of Nichiren Daishonin’s[1] writings are based on faith [in the Mystic Law]. . . . You should realise that unless you grasp the fact that the Daishonin’s passionate spirit and his profound confidence of leading all people to enlightenment form the basis of his writings, your efforts in studying the Gosho will be meaningless.’

“It is vital to study with absolute faith and take action for kosen-rufu in accord with the Daishonin’s great confidence of leading all people to enlightenment. When we study the Gosho with this kind of faith and practice, Mr. Toda said, ‘We cannot help but feel the flame of faith blaze up still higher in our hearts ‘[1] That flame creates the light that enables us to change despair into hope and transform karma into mission.

“In his letters, the Daishonin wholeheartedly encouraged his disciples, who were dealing with a wide range of problems and challenges. That’s why it’s important to apply the Gosho to our own lives as we study. We should regard the Daishonin’s writings as personal letters to us, and put his teachings into practise in our lives.
“A certain men’s division member in Singapore was involved in a traffic accident that left him paralysed from the waist down. He was also later afflicted with tuberculosis and then suffered bad burns to his leg.As he battled one onslaught of karma after another, he said he gained immense strength from the following Gosho passage: ‘The three obstacles and four devils will invariably appear, and the wise will rejoice while the foolish will retreat’ (WND-1, 637).
“This wise men’s division member realised that his difficulties were testing his faith, and today, taking pride in his mission to demonstrate the power of Nichiren Buddhism in his own life, he is positively advancing along the path of creating happiness for oneself and others.
“Those who have engraved the Daishonin’s writings in their hearts are strong. They establish a solid pillar in their lives that will not be shaken by any storm.They can see obstacles and devilish functions for what they are and cut through them. They possess the sharp sword of faith that has been polished by diligent, devoted study.”

SGI Newsletter No.9111, The Song of Human Victory, Sriving in the “Two Ways of Practice and Study.”  From the 23rd Sep. 2014 issue of the Seikyo Shinbun, translation released 24th Oct., 2014

[1] Translated from Japanese. Josei Toda, Toda Josei Zenshu (Collected Writings of Josei Toda), (Tokyo: Seikyo Shimbunsha, 1981), vol. 1, p. 135. 
[1] Ibid.
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–WAGATOMO NI OKURU–
TOMONI BUPPO O MANABI
KATARIAU NAKADE
SHINJIN NO GENTEN WA KIZUKARERU.
NIN-YO SHIKEN NO JUKENSHA NI
SAIDAI NO HAGEMASHI O!

– KYO NO GOSHO –
“SHISHIO NO GOTOKU NARU KOKORO O MOTERU MONO KANARAZU HOTOKE NI NARUBESHI”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 957)