Sun AM/PM Report 032915

Sun AM/PM Report 032915: The big day has come to celebrate a new chapter in the history of Nichiren Buddhism in Bloomington with the formation of two districts. An upbeat fun program with 42+ in attendance including 6-7 guests and several youth ( of all ages) in attendance on the IU-Bloomington campus.

Day 461 health journaling. Day 1556 AM/PM Chanting. Day 2420 Clear Mirror Guidance & 5 Eternal Guidelines.

HUGS: 20+.  Light therapy 30 minutes. SLEEP: 5-6.5/7 ours.  Other: 2-3 hours. EH : 2+ hours. STEPS: 2800. MILES: 1.4. Self-Care: walking, more moving furniture, cleaning, rest etc.

Gratitude List. AM Chanting. Morning routine. Deep breathing, energy work. PM Chanting. Inventory list.

BFAST: 44/7. SNACK: 22/6.  SNACK 15-20/10+. LUNCH: 45/30. DINNER: 45+/30. SNACK: 15+/7+.

EXERS: stretches, gen squats, chores, rest of prep/cleaning for AC folks.  Walking, arms, legs, back etc.  100 mini-sits, leg lifts, leg presses, sweep, mop, dust, clean. Stairs 6x. St 8x. SW 8x.

 

Saturday AM/PM Report 032815

Saturday AM/PM Report 032815:  Released 6+ bags of de-clutter & broken down bookshelf –definitely creating a  space for abundance. Preparing for next week’s new furnace & AC installation and air duct cleaning at my complex. Fixed a pasta /salmon and pasta salad with flour tortilla slices for Sunday’s All -Bloomington district celebration.

Day 460 health journaling. Day 1555 of AM/PM Chanting. Day 2419 Clear Mirror Guidance and 5 Eternal Guidelines.

HUGS 15-20. Light Therapy: 45 mins. EH 2-2.5 hours. STEPS: 2932. MILES: 1.47. SLEEP: 5-7+. Other 2-3 hours.

Gratitude list. AM Chanting. Morning routine/energy work/deep breathing. Inventory list. PM Chanting.

BFAST: 48/31.5. LUNCH: 60/31. SNACK 30+/7. SINNER: 45/30. EXERS: stretches, squats, chores, release of de-cluttering, cleaning, moving furniture, sweeping, mopping, 100 mini-sits, walking, legs, arms, back, st 8x, sw8x, errands, and other exercises.

Fri AM/PM Report 032715

Fri AM/PM Report 032715: Had a powerful day of validation on several fronts that I am KIMF ( keeping it moving forward) with mission of empowering others to take ownership of their lives and their happiness.

HUGS: 18. No light therapy. Morning routine/energy work/deep breathing. Chores. Gratitude List. AM Chanting. Inventory list. PM Chanting.  Self-Care: lots. STEPS: 1800. MILES: .9. SLEEP 5-7 hours.EH: 30-45mins. Other: 1.5 hours.

BFAST: 45/14. LUNCH: 45/30. SNACK: 15+/7+. DINNER: 45/30. Exercises: stretches,  squats, 100 mini-sits., leg lifts, and other exercises.

Thurs PM Report 032715

Thurs PM Report 032715: Hope everyone’s Thursday was thriving, I know mine was. Fun dinner with friend a Women’s Division leader and worked together on new member list.

HUGS: 12+.  Light therapy: 30 mins. EH: 3-0-45 mins. STEPS: 1800. MILES: .9. Self-care: hot bath, living my truth etc. SLEEP: almost 7 hours, Other???.

Inventory  List. PM Chanting. LUNCH: 50/31.5. SNACK: 46/6. DINNER: 45/30. SNACK: 15+/7+. Stretches, gen squats, 100 mini-sits, chores, stairs 2x, st 4x, sw 4x, leg lifts and other exercises.

Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 033015 SGI-UK/Japan

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

March 30th – April 5th, 2015
— WORDS OF THE WEEK —
The Daishonin encourages us,
“Strive ever harder in faith,
(and never give in to negligence.)”*
It’s through chanting daimoku with unyielding determination
and taking courageous action with an indomitable spirit
that we move the buddhas and gods.
With perseverance and the unity of our camaraderie,
let’s open the way for the SGI movement to fully bloom!

*”Letter to Niike” – WND-I, page 1027

Monday, March 30th, 2015
— DAILY GOSHO —
“It is the heart that is important. No matter how earnestly Nichiren prays for you, if you lack faith, it will be like trying to set fire to wet tinder. Spur yourself to muster the power of faith.”

(The Strategy of the Lotus Sutra
– The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin,
Vol.1, page 1000)
Selection source: “Kyo no Hosshin,”
Seikyo Shimbun, March 30th, 2015

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“‘Your illness is surely not due to karma, but even if it were, you could rely on the power of the Lotus Sutra [Nam-myoho-renge-kyo] to cure it. King Ajatashatru extended his life by forty years by embracing the Lotus Sutra. Ch’en Chen [an older brother of the Great Teacher T’ien-t’ai] added fifteen years to his life.’
– From “The Bow and Arrow” (WND-1, 656).

“Founding Soka Gakkai president Tsunesaburo Makiguchi treasured this passage and often used it to encourage those who were struggling with illness.

“None of us can avoid sickness. But the Daishonin assures us that we can rely on the power of the Lotus Sutra, or the Mystic Law. It’s important not to be pessimistic or give in to defeat, but rather to vanquish the devil of illness with the powerful lion’s roar of daimoku.

“Illness provides an opportunity for us to triumphantly attain the lofty life state of Buddhahood, to manifest clear benefit of prolonging our lives through faith.

“My wife and I are chanting fervently each day that all our dear fellow members around the world will enjoy long, healthy, and fulfilling lives.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9223, Living the Gosho: Words of Encouragement from, (52), Winning Over Illness with the Power of the Mystic Law, from 26th March, 2015, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, translation released 26th March, 2015

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

— KONSHU NO KOTOBA —
“IYOIYO HAGEMASE TAMAUBESHI”
FUKUTSU NO INORI TO KODO GA
BUTTEN O YURIUGOKASU.
SHUNEN TO DOSHIAI NO DANKETSU DE
SOKAZAKURA O MANKAI NI!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“TADA KOKORO KOSO TAISETSU NARE IKANI NICHIREN INORI MOSUTOMO FUSHIN NARABA NURETARU HOKUCHI NI HI O UCHIKAKURUGA GOTOKU NARUBESHI HAGEMI O NASHITE GOJONI SHINRIKI O IDASHI TAMAUBESHI”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 1192)

Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 032915 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Sunday, March 29th, 2015
— TO MY FRIENDS —
Taking action is the heart of Buddhism.
Dynamically, let’s put our faith into action!
When we meet with others and share this philosophy of life,
our spirits rise and our life condition is elevated.
Today, again, let’s take a courageous step forwards!

Sunday, March 29th, 2015
— DAILY GOSHO —
“Even a feeble person will not stumble if those supporting him are strong, but a person of considerable strength, when alone, may fall down on an uneven path.”

(Three Tripitaka Masters Pray for Rain-The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol. I page 598) Selection source: “Kyo no Hosshin”,Seikyo Shimbun, March 29th, 2015

Monday, March 30th, 2015
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“My mentor, second Soka Gakkai president Josei Toda, said: ‘Should you feel as though you’re stuck, bring forth the great power of faith, challenge your own weaknesses, triumph over them, and expand your state of life. This is the ongoing challenge of “discarding the transient and revealing the true” in one’s own life.’

“Never be discouraged, even if you don’t see immediate results or things don’t seem to be going as you had planned. Set forth anew each day, with perseverance and optimism. That is the way to genuine hope and fulfilment.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9220, Humanistic Teachings for Victory, Set Out on a New Youthful Journey, Grow and Advance Every Day, from 20th Nov., 2013, issue of the Soka Shimpo, translation released 20th March, 2015.

* 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 —
KODO KOSO BUPPO NO TAMASHII DA.
OKIKU UGOKO!
ATTE KATAREBA KOKORO GA HAZUMU.
KYOGAI MO OKIKU NARU.
KYO MO YUKI NO IPPO O!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“KAI NAKI MONO NAREDOMO TASUKURU MONO TSUYOKEREBA TAUREZU SUKOSHI KENAGE NO MONOMO HITORI NAREBA ASHIKI MICHINIWA TAURENU”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 1468)

Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 032815 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Saturday, March 28th, 2015
— TO MY FRIENDS —
Let’s be careful not to cause a car accident!
When we are tired or careless,
devils (negative functions in the universe)
can take advantage when our guard is down.
By reminding each other of this point,
let’s put safety as our top priority when driving!

Saturday, March 28th, 2015
— DAILY GOSHO —
“…the wise will rejoice while the foolish will retreat.”

(The Three Obstacles and Four Devils -The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol. I page 637)
Selection source: “Kyo no Hosshin”,
Seikyo Shimbun, March 28th, 2015

Sunday, March 29th, 2015
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“The SGI is an organisation directly connected to Nichiren Daishonin, dedicated to realising the vow for kosen-rufu in accord with the Buddha’s intent and decree.

“As we chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo for ourselves and others, the same life state as the Daishonin wells forth powerfully within us.

“It is just as Nichikan Shonin (1665–1726) declares: ‘Through the power of the Mystic Law, we manifest the life of the Daishonin within ourselves’ (Commentary on ‘The Entity of the Mystic Law’).

“In other words, we are all direct disciples of Nichiren Daishonin. We embrace the supreme Law for realising happiness for ourselves and others. We all, without exception, have a noble mission.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9220, Humanistic Teachings for Victory, Set Out on a New Youthful Journey, Awareness of Being Directly Connected to the Daishonin, from 20th Nov., 2013, issue of the Soka Shimpo, translation released 20th March, 2015.

* 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 —
KURUMA NO JIKO NI CHUI!
TSUKARE YA YUDAN NADO
KOKORO NO SUKI NI MA WA KISOU.
TAGAI NI KOE O KAKEAI
ANZEN DAIICHI NO UNTEN O!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“KENJA WA YOROKOBI GUSHA WA SHIRIZOKU KORENARI”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 1091)

Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 032715 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Friday, March 27th, 2015
— TO MY FRIENDS —
Pioneering new horizons for kosen-rufu –
the very mission of Hokkaido,*
where Soka Gakkai’s first three presidents
have such profound ties.
With the momentum of a lion’s ferocity,
let’s all courageously help as many people as possible
to form a connection with this Buddhism!
Let’s adorn this spring with blossoms of benefit and good fortune.

*Hokkaido is the northernmost prefecture of Japan.

Friday, March 27th, 2015
— DAILY GOSHO —
“If in a single moment of life we exhaust the pains and trials of millions of kalpas, then instant after instant there will arise in us the three Buddha bodies with which we are eternally endowed. Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is just such a ‘diligent’ practice.”

(The Essential Passage in Each of the Twenty-eight Chapters of the Lotus Sutra, Emerging from the Earth -The Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings, page 214) Selection source: “Kyo no Hosshin”, Seikyo Shimbun, March 27th, 2015

Saturday, March 28th, 2015
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“Kosen-rufu is the struggle to make compassion the foundation of society and to realise happiness for ourselves and others. It is the struggle to eliminate misery from the world and to build peace.

“Encourage someone today. Impart courage and hope. Always be ready to personally engage in such frontline efforts for kosen-rufu. Wherever you go, ignite the determination to win in people’s hearts and set in motion ripples of courageous action.

“Responding to the rapidly changing times is extremely challenging, but let’s unite solidly in faith and triumph based on faith.

“The determination to confidently carry through with your efforts to the very end is the key to success. May each of you enjoy a beautiful springtime abloom with the brilliant benefit of winning over yourself and winning in society and life.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9221, Dynamically Advancing into the New Era, (9) Triumphing over Obstacles Is a Badge of Honour, from 14th March, 2015, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun translation released 23rd March, 2015

* 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–
KOFU KAITAKU KOSO
SANDAIJO HOKKAIDO NO SHIMEI DA
SHISHI FUNJIN NO IKIOI DE
ISANDE BUTSUEN O HIROGEYO!
KUDOKU MANKAI NO HARU O KAZARE!

Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 032615 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Thursday, March 26th, 2015
— TO MY FRIENDS —
The more effort a leader tries to make
by chanting daimoku and taking action,
the more successfully their organisation develops.
Let’s try to meet each member
and offer them our sincerest encouragement
and so build a strong bond of trust between each other.

Thursday, March 26th, 2015
— DAILY GOSHO —
“Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is like the roar of a lion. What sickness can therefore be an obstacle?”

(Reply to Kyō’ō – The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol.1, page 412) Selection
source: “Kyo no Hosshin”, Seikyo Shimbun, March 26th, 2015

Friday, March 26th, 2015
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“Any real struggle for kosen-rufu is invariably accompanied by obstruction from devilish functions. Only by vanquishing negative forces can we become Buddhas. Only through that process can we attain an expansive state of absolute happiness.

“So when we find ourselves in challenging times, let’s be upbeat and cheerful. Let’s advance with the heart of a lion king, confident that we can change our karma and transform everything, that we can make a cause for the eternal victory of mentor and disciple.

“Nichiren Buddhism is a teaching of unsurpassed optimism—offering a positive, hope-filled view of life throughout the three existences of past, present, and future. It enables us to move forwards unhindered. It is a great teaching that allows us to create value even from the harshest adversity.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9221, Dynamically Advancing into the New Era, (9) Triumphing over Obstacles Is a Badge of Honour, from 14th March, 2015, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun translation released 23rd March, 2015

* 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–
“Leader” GA INORI
KODO SHITA BUN DAKE
SOSHIKI WA HATTEN SURU.
HITORI TO ATTE HAGEMASHI
SHINRAI NO KIZUNA O MUSUBE!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“NAM-MYOHO-RENGE-KYO WA SHISHIKU NO GOTOSHI IKANARU YAMAI SAWARI O NASUBEKIYA”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 1124)

Mon PM Report 032315

Mon PM Report 032315: Hoping y’all had a marvelous Monday manifesting great things for this week!

Sleep, writing,  member care  etc.
HUGS: 15-17+. Light Therapy: 30 minutes. SLEEP 6-6:45. Other : 1- 2.5 hours. EH: 45 mins/. STEPS: 1800-2800. MILES: .9-1.4. Self-Care: de-clutter, rest , body roller etc.

Inventory list. PM Chan ting. Lunch: 45/30. DINNER: 45/22. EXERS: stretches, gen squats, chores, 100 mini-sits, leg lifts, walking, other exers, arms, back, legs, st 4x, sw 4x  and other exercises.