Fri AM Report 121914 Day 358a

Fri AM Report 121914 Day 358a: Gratitude List. AM Chanting. Morning routine. BFAST: 45g/16g. EXERS: Chores, stretches, gen squats, 100 mini sits. More in PM Report.

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Thurs AM /PM Reports 121814 Day 357a/Day 357b

Thurs AM /PM Reports 121814 Day 357a/Day 357b:  STEPS: 1000-1200. MILES: .5-.6. SLEEP:10-11 hours. BED: (W-Th 8.5/TH-F 7.5-8).  Gratitude List. AM Chanting. Inventory List. PM Chanting. Morning routine. Was victorious in being heard and getting my Rx lowered. Still checking around for alternatives.  Am getting though this. BFAST: 41g/14g.  SNACK: 9g/0g. LUNCH: 45g/16g. DINNER: 47g/25g.  EXERS: stretches, walking, chores, gen  squats, 200 mini-sits and other  exercises.

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Wed PM Report 121714 Day 356 b

Wed PM Report 121714  Day 356b:  TOTAL STEPS: 800+. TOTAL MILES: .65 .  SLEEP: ????7-8.5 hours. Inventory List. PM Chanting.  BED: (Tues-Wed 6.5-7 hours/Wed-Th 8.5). LUNCH: 45g/30g/ DINNER: 45g/23g. EXERS:  st 4x, sw 6x, errands, chores and other exercises.

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Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 121914 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Friday, Dec. 19th, 2014
– TO MY FRIENDS –
To all of our young friends
who are going to take school entrance exams soon,
never give up, never be defeated!
The great efforts that you are putting forth now,
without leaving any kind of regrets behind,
are certain to become the solid foundation for your victory.
At the same time,
to all who are around these challengers,
let’s offer words of warm and thoughtful encouragement
and be considerate and understanding of their situation.

Friday, Dec. 19th, 2014
— DAILY GOSHO —
“Though only one robe, it has been offered to the Buddhas of all the characters of the Lotus Sutra. Be firmly convinced that the benefits from this will extend to your parents, your grandparents, nay, even to countless living beings.”

(The Offering of an Unlined Robe 
- The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol. I, page 533)
Selection Source: SGI President Ikeda’s guidance, 
Seikyo Shimbun, December 19th, 2013

Saturday, Dec. 20th, 2014
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“How tenaciously a human being can fight for what is right! How supremely noble and strong a person can be! How invincible, inviolable, and magnificent is the human spirit!

“What is the message in the depths of the ‘Life Span’ (16th) chapter of the Lotus Sutra, in which Shakyamuni declares his attainment of enlightenment in the remote past, thereby ‘casting off the transient and revealing the true?’ [1] It is that all living beings possess the eternal life of the Buddha. It calls on all people to awaken to that great inner self, to open their eyes to their tremendous potential.

“It could be said that through his own enormous struggle to propagate the Law while enduring persecution, the Daishonin demonstrated for us the immense innate power of one person.

“Human beings can never become more than human beings. We don’t need to become gods. We are all ordinary mortals. What matters is whether we can achieve true greatness as human beings. This is the essential viewpoint of the humanistic teachings of Nichiren Buddhism that we uphold.

“When prejudiced journalists asked Mr. Toda if he regarded himself as ‘a living Buddha’ or ‘a god,’ he laughed uproariously and said: ‘I’m a proud common mortal!’

“The American Renaissance philosopher Henry David Thoreau (1817–62) once declared: ‘O for a man who is a man, and . . . has a bone in his back which you cannot pass your hand through!'[1]

“Buddhism enables one person and then another to confidently demonstrate their true, innate power as genuine human beings; it teaches the way to create a victorious network of such individuals who can live and succeed in life with dignity and conviction—with backbone, as Thoreau said—amid the real challenges of society.”
 
SGI Newsletter No. 9143, Learning from the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin: The Teachings for Victory, Stand Up with Courage!—The Spirit of Soka Will Usher In a Triumphant Revival of Humanity, from the November 2014 issue of the Daibyakurenge, translation released 16th Dec., 2014


[1] Henry David Thoreau, Walden and Civil Disobedience (New York: Penguin Books, 1983),

p. 393.
[1] Casting off the transient and revealing the true: The revealing of a Buddha’s true status as a Buddha, and the setting aside of that Buddha’s provisional or transient identity. In the “Life Span” (16th) chapter of the Lotus Sutra, Shakyamuni declares: “In all the worlds the heavenly and human beings and asuras all believe that the present Shakyamuni Buddha, after leaving the palace of the Shakyas, seated himself in the place of meditation not far from the city of Gaya and there attained supreme perfect enlightenment. But good men, it has been immeasurable, boundless hundreds, thousands, ten thousands, millions of nayutas of kalpas since I in fact attained Buddhahood” (LSOC16, 265). Through this statement, he discards his provisional identity as the Buddha who first attained enlightenment under the bodhi tree in India and reveals his original enlightenment, or the enlightenment he attained in the remote past.

* 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–
JUKENSEI YO MAKERUNA!
KUINAKI CHOSEN GA
SHORI ENO DODAI TO NARU.
SHUI WA ATATAKANA HAGEMASHI TO
KOMAYAKANA HAIRYO O!

– KYO NO GOSHO –
“HITOTSU NO KATABIRA NAREDOMO HOKEKYO NO ISSAI NO MONJI NO HOTOKE NI TATEMATSURU BESHI KONO KUDOKU WA FUBO SOFUBO NAISHI MUHEN NO SHUJO NIMO OYOBOSHITEN”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 1231)

Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 121814 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Thursday, Dec. 18th, 2014
— TO MY FRIENDS –
Let’s exercise the utmost of caution in the face of heavy snow and strong winds,
never taking unnecessary chances or putting ourselves in harms way.
Actions must be based on safety first!
I am chanting for the absolute safety of all our members
especially the deliverers of our newspaper and other SGI publications!

Thursday, Dec. 18th, 2014
— DAILY GOSHO —
“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.”

(The Opening of the Eyes,
The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol. I, page 283)
Selection Source: Kyo no Hosshin, Seikyo Shimbun,
December 18th, 2013

Friday, Dec. 19th, 2014
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“It is important for each person to stand up to fulfil their personal vow in the place where they are now. It is time for each person to resolutely launch a new struggle to realise the great vow for kosen-rufu.

“The founding spirit of the Soka Gakkai pulses vibrantly in the hearts of those who have the courage to do this. Their efforts will inspire one person after another to work for kosen-rufu, giving rise to a vast multitude of practitioners of the Lotus Sutra who directly follow the example of Nichiren Daishonin.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9143, Learning from the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin: The Teachings for Victory, Stand Up with Courage!—The Spirit of Soka Will Usher In a Triumphant Revival of Humanity, from the November 2014 issue of the Daibyakurenge, translation released 16th Dec., 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–
OYUKI, BOFU NI GENJU KEIKAI
ASERAZU MURI SEZU
ANZEN DAIICHI NO KODO O!
HAITATSUIN HAJIME ZENDOSHI NO
ZETTAI MUJIKO O INORU!

– KYO NO GOSHO –
“WARE NARABI NI WAGA DESHI SHONAN ARITOMO UTAGAU KOKORO NAKUBA JINEN NI BUKKAI NI ITARU BESHI.”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 234)

Wed AM Report 121714 Day 356a

Wed AM Report 121714  Day 356a: Gratitude List. AM Chanting. Morning routine. Being pro-active instead of being re-active. More research on other alternatives.  Wished family a happy Chanukah. BFAST: 41g/14g. EXERS: stretches, gen squats, 100 mini-sits, chores. More in PM Report.

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Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 121714 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Wednesday, Dec  17th, 2014
— TO MY FRIENDS –
Let’s be sure to express our appreciation
to all the people in our neighbourhood and workplace
who helped and supported us this year!
The friendship and trust we share with people is our true treasure.
Let’s spend the end of the year connecting and bonding
with the people in our lives!

Wednesday, Dec  17th, 2014
— DAILY GOSHO —
“And yet, though one might point at the earth an

Tues AM/PM Reports 121614 Day 355a/Day355b

Tues AM/PM  Reports 121614 Day 355a/Day355b:     TOTAL STEPS: 1000. TOTAL MILES: .5. TOTAL SLEEP: 11.5-14+ hours.  BED  (Mon-Tues: 10-11.5 hours/Tues-Wed: 6.5-7 hours).  Gratitude List. AM Chanting. Morning routine.  Chanted with WD leader in AM. Inventory List. PM Chanting. Called Pharmacy & Dr’s Office to check status on Rx request. Nothing yet  at Pharmacy. Need clarity on possible misinformation from Dr’s office–left msg for Dr’s nurse—missed her call-Will follow up on Thurs on email/call. Research alternative options. I will get through this. Productive day.  BFAST: 45g/15g. LUNCH: 45g/30g. DINNER:  45g+/41g. SNACK: 27g+/2g+. EXERS: stretches, gen squats, 100 mini-sits, walking, chores, errands  and other exercises.

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