Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 041815 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Saturday, April 18th, 2015
— TO MY FRIENDS —
Where there is advancement of the people,
there is always a song of people’s determination and joy.
Singing SGI songs with our
most respect-worthy fellow members,
let’s play out inspiring dramas together!

Saturday, April 18th, 2015
— DAILY GOSHO —
“Put into flames, a rock simply turns to ashes, but gold becomes pure gold.”

(Letter to the Brothers
– The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin,
Vol.1, page 497)
Selection Source: SGI President Ikeda’s essay,
Seikyo Shinbun, April 18th, 2015

Sunday, April 19th, 2015
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“The tradition of holding small group discussion meetings dates back to the time of the Soka Gakkai’s founding president, Tsunesaburo Makiguchi.

“Here people speak of what brings them happiness and and how they find meaning in life, as well as such trials as the deaths of family members, illness, financial struggles, difficult work and family situations, the experience of discrimination or prejudice. It is a place of collective recognition of the weight and irreplaceable nature of each individual’s life journey, a place where tears of joy and sadness are freely shared and people are encouraged in the struggle to transform suffering.

“Through such sharing, the speaker develops a clear awareness that any and all experiences were in fact milestones in the formation of their present self, enabling them to use those experiences as fuel for their future progress. For listeners, the shared experience can help bring forth the courage needed to confront their own challenges. This chain reaction of empowerment, based on empathy, is at the heart of our practice of faith.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9229, SGI President Ikeda’s Peace Proposal 2015, A Shared Pledge for a More Humane Future: To Eliminate Misery from the Earth, translation released 1st April, 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 —
MINSHU NO ZENSHIN ARU TOKORO
KETSUI TO KANKI NO UTA ARI!
HAMARE NO DOSHI TO
GAKKAIKA O HIBIKASENAGARA
KANGEKI NO GEKI O TOMODOMONI!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“(ISHI WA YAKEBA HAI TO NARU) KOGANE WA YAKEBA SHINKIN TO NARU”
(Gosho Zenshu page 1083)

Sat AM/PM Report 041815

Sat AM/PM Report 041815: Sunny Saturday Spring Salutations!

Day 481 health journaling. Day 1577 AM/PM Chanting. Day 2440 CMG/5eg.

Some posting and other writing/work, outdoors, great phone chat with a friend, chores–got laundry done WAHOO, rest, member care etc. Not online as much during the regular week.

HUGS 25+.   EH 30-45 mins. STEPS 1500-1800. MILES: .754-.9. SLEEP 5.5 hours. OTHER 3-4 hours.  SC: exercise, rest and other “ME” time, etc.

Gratitude list. AM Chanting. Inventory list. PM Chanting. Morning routine.

BFAST: 45/14.  LUNCH 45/26-30. SNACK 23/3. SNACK 19/12. DINNER 52/29. SNACK 19/7.  Get back to one  snack unless freebies. EXERS:stretches, squats, trash, laundry, walking, outdoors, st 4x, sw 4x and other exercises.

Fri AM/PM Report 041715

Fri AM/PM Report 041715: Fabulous Friday writing, reading, moving lots of energy, and other work, outdoors, etc.

Day 480 health journaling. Day 1576 AM/PM Chanting. Day 2439 CMG/5eg.

HUGS: 25-28. Light Therapy 30 minutes. Exer Hrs 1.5 hours. STEPS 2800. MILES 1.4 miles.  SLEEP 8.0+ hours. OTHER 1-2 hours. SC reading, writing,  outdoors, rest, other “ME” time.

Gratitude List. AM Chanting. Morning routine. Inventory list. PM Chanting.BFAST 48.5/13. LUNCH 45/30. SNACK 19/12. DINNER 45/30. SNACK 24-29/12. EXERS: stretches, squats, 100 mini-sits, chores, walking and other exercises.

 

Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 041715 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Friday, April 17th, 2015
— TO MY FRIENDS —
I’d like to express my most heartfelt appreciation
to all of our Men’s and Women’s Headquarters leaders
for their devotion and dedication to achieving kosen-rufu.
Your sincerity is what moves everyone’s hearts
and your earnestness gives them courage.
Based on chanting daimoku,
please continue to do your best to help everyone
with your great leadership!

Friday, April 17th, 2015
— DAILY GOSHO —
“Those who believe in the Lotus Sutra are as if in winter, but winter always turns to spring.”

(Winter Always Turns to Spring – The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol.1, page 536)
Selection Source: Kyo no Hosshin, Seikyo Shinbun, April 17th, 2015

Saturday, April 18th, 2015
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“There is a teaching to the effect that ‘When need arises, pleasant [it is to have] friends.’[i] Neither illness nor aging in any way diminishes the essential value of our lives. Despite this, people become increasingly desperate when they are alienated from others and unable to experience a sense of connection and being accepted as they are. This was something Shakyamuni could not ignore.

“One of the key teachings of Mahayana Buddhism is the idea of dependent origination, that the world is woven of the relatedness of life to life. This understanding of interconnection can enable us to make even the painful experiences of illness and aging into opportunities to elevate and ennoble our lives and the lives of others. But mere intellectual awareness of interconnection is not enough to effect this positive transformation.

“’When we bow to a mirror, the figure in the mirror bows back to us in reverence.'[ii] As this quote illustrates, it is only when we sense and treasure in others a dignity as valued and irreplaceable as that in our own lives that our interconnection becomes palpable. It is then that the tears and smiles we exchange spark in each of us a courageous will to live.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9229, SGI President Ikeda’s Peace Proposal 2015, A Shared Pledge for a More Humane Future: To Eliminate Misery from the Earth, translation released 1st April, 2015

[i] Nārada, trans., The Dhammapada, 23:12:331.

[ii] (trans. from) Nichiren, Nichiren Daishonin gosho zenshu, 769.
* 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 —
HONBUCHO FUJINBUBU HONBUCHO NO
TOTOKI FUNTO NI KANSHA!
SEIJITSU GA MINANO KOKORO O UGOKASHI
SHINKEN GA YUKI O OKURU.
INORI O KONPON NI MEISHIKI O!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“HOKEKYO O SHINZURU HITOWA FUYU NO GOTOSHI FUYU WA KANARAZU HARU TO NARU”
(Gosho Zenshu page 1253)

Thurs AM/PM Report 041615

Thurs AM/PM Report 041615: Thursday was thriving…lots of self care for the effects of this week’s continual energy shift.   Increased chanting, light therapy, got more rest, grounding in yard exercise. KIMFd ( kept it moving forward on all fronts) very productive personally and professionally, even if  baby steps in some places. Lots of writing from within etc.

Day 479 health journaling.  Day 1575 AM/PM Chanting. Day 2438 CMG /5eg.

Hugs 25-28.  Light Therapy: 2 hours 10 minutes. Grounding in yard 5 minutes. EH 1.0 STEPS 1788 . MILES.89 SLEEP 7-9 hrs. OTHER 1.5-2.0 hours. SC:yard, outdoors, rest, writing etc.

Gratitude list. AM Chanting. Morning routine. Chores. Inventory list. PM Chanting. BFAST 24-28/6.5-10. LUNCH 60/30. SNACK 15/6.  SNACK 24/6.5.  DINNER 45/24. SNACK 10/1. EXERS: 100 mini-sits, walking, arms, legs, back, etc. incline 2x, st 4x, sw 4x and other exercise.

 

 

Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 041615 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Thursday, April 16th, 2015
— TO MY FRIENDS —
Let’s always lend an ear to the problems and concerns our friends have
and make sure to warmly engage with them!
Encouragement is the mother of courage,
the wellspring of hope
and the powerhouse for generating happiness.

Thursday, April 16th, 2015
— DAILY GOSHO —
“Whatever trouble occurs, regard it as no more than a dream, and think only of the Lotus Sutra.”

(Letter to the Brothers
– The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin,
Vol.1, page 502)
Selection Source: Kyo no Hosshin,
Seikyo Shinbun, April 16th, 2015

Friday, April 17th, 2015
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“When I exchanged opinions with the peace scholar Elise Boulding (1920–2010) regarding the methodologies of social transformation, she declared: ‘I have long believed that a wholesome, peaceful world is possible if we devote all-out effort to the development of each member of the community.’ (i) She also maintained that the future direction of society is in fact determined by the 5 percent who are active and committed. This 5 percent ultimately transforms the culture in its entirety. I draw great hope from her confidence.

“In this sense, it is not mere numbers but the strength and depth of our solidarity that will put us on a path towards the rehumanization of politics and economics. Generating solidarity, domestically and internationally, among ordinary citizens who desire to see that no one suffers in misery is the key to transforming the direction of history.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9229, SGI President Ikeda’s Peace Proposal 2015, A Shared Pledge for a More Humane Future: To Eliminate Misery from the Earth, translation released 1st April, 2015

[i] Ikeda and Boulding, Into Full Flower, 93.

* 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 —
TOMO NO NAYAMI NI MIMI O KATAMUKE
ATATAKANA KOEKAKE O!
HAGEMASHI WA YUKI NO HAHA DA.
KIBO NO IZUMI DA.
KOFUKU E NO GENDORYOKU DA.

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“TATOI IKANARU WAZURAWASHIKI KOTO ARITOMO YUME NI NASHITE TADA HOKEKYO NO KOTO NOMI SAWAGURASE TAMAU BESHI”
(Gosho Zenshu page 1088)

Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 041515 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
— TO MY FRIENDS —
The rich and invaluable experiences in life
of those in assistant or vice leadership roles
is the driving force behind our efforts for advancing kosen-rufu
On the stage of our respective missions
let’s create a history of no regrets!

Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
— DAILY GOSHO —
“It is said that, if a teacher has a good disciple, both will gain the fruit of Buddhahood, but if a teacher fosters a bad disciple, both will fall into hell.”

(Flowering and Bearing Grain, Vol. 1, page 909)
Selection source:
Young Men’s Division Gosho for March,
Seikyo Shimbun, April 15th, 2015

Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, the founding president of the Soka Gakkai. is recorded as having given the following response to one of the interrogators’ questions:

“’Sometimes people, overly concerned about the opinion of society, satisfy themselves with a way of life in which they do no real good or bad, or in which what good they do is very limited. In extreme cases, this leads to the view that it is acceptable to do anything so long as it is not prohibited by law. I consider all such ways of life a form of slander against the Buddhist dharma.’[i]

“By slander, Makiguchi is referring to actions that run counter to the teachings of Buddhism; but in a more expansive sense, he is encouraging us to reflect on all actions that are not in harmony with the path of humanity.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9229, SGI President Ikeda’s Peace Proposal 2015, A Shared Pledge for a More Humane Future: To Eliminate Misery from the Earth, translation released 1st April, 2015

[i] (trans. from) Makiguchi, Makiguchi Tsunesaburo zenshu, 10:209–10.

* 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–
YUTAKANA KEIKEN O MOTSU
FUKU YAKUSHOKU NO MINASAMA NO KATSUYAKU GA
KOFU ZENSHIN NO CHIKARA DA.
WAGA SHIMEI NO BUTATAI DE
KUI NAKI REKISHI O TUZURE!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“YOKI DESHI O MOTSU TOKINBA SHITEI BUKKA NI ITARI ASHIKI DESHI O
TAKUWAINUREBA SHITEI JIGOKU NI OTSU TO IERI SHITEI SOI SEBA NANIGOTO
MO NASU BEKARAZU”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 900)

Wed AM/PM Report 041515

Wed AM/PM Report 041515: Hope everyone had a wonderful Wednesday! Was very productive.Great  time getting Buddhafied at weekly district PM chanting session and planning for Sunday’s discussion meeting. No worries. Took a break from posting Fri (4/10)’s Report thru Tues ( 4/14)’s  Report. Still kept up with journal. Just didn’t post on blog or social media ( FB, G+ , Twitter). Day 478 health journaling.  Day 1575 AM/PM Chanting. Day 2438 CMG/5eg.

Will re-cap: doing OK with the food and exercises ( did celebrate some today). Lost 8  pounds or more. Down a pants size. Bros and myself had an enjoyable  Siblings Day. Recharged/rested over weekend, reading, Buddhist Women’s Study meeting. Sun night thru Wed. moving lost of energy and changing lots of karma/doing my human revolution in several areas of my life during this current HUGE energy  shift.

Recognized the need of  being more focused with my AM/PM Chanting, morning routine and fun to stay grounded and maintain a higher life condition.  Monday: Visionary Female Authors, started 21-day Fun First Challenge. Network, making lots of greats contacts.  Writing, planning, creating. No VFA Wed. Went to bed early after chanting and member care.

HUGS 25-28. EH  1.5 hours. Steps 2800. Miles 1.4. SLEEP 5.5 hours. OTHER 2.5 hours.  SC: hot bath/show massager, body roller, exercise, new pants, errands, chanting, etc.

Gratitude list. AM Chanting. Morning routine. Chores. PM Chanting. Inventory list. BFAST: 53/18. LUNCH: 45/30. DINNER: 96/20. SNACK 15+/7+. EXERS: walking, errands, stretches, gen squats, chores, trash, 100  mini-sits, legs, back, rms, waist etc. Stairs 3x. st14/sw 14x and other exercises.

Scobie John /Buddhist Food for Thought 041415 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Tuesday, Apr 14th, 2015
— TO MY FRIENDS —
To our dear friends who have just begun the journey
along the path of their respective missions
as working members of society:
Remember, that the foundation of creating deep bonds of trust
always begins with polite and cheerful greetings.
Try your best to shine with a strong
and vibrant life force wherever you go!

Tuesday, Apr 14th, 2015
— DAILY GOSHO —
“Each of you should summon up the courage of a lion king and never succumb to threats from anyone. The lion king fears no other beast, nor do its cubs.”

(On Persecutions Befalling the Sage
– The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin,
Vol. 1, page 997)
Selection source: “YMD Gosho for April”,
Seikyo Shimbun, March 28th, 2015

Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“The Middle Way does not mean simply avoiding extremes of thought or action. Rather, it refers to the process of attaining the way; that is, of living and making one’s mark on society while constantly interrogating one’s own actions to ensure that they accord with the path of humanity. In encouraging people to rely on the dharma as an island, Shakyamuni also urged them to rely on themselves. In doing so he was pointing to the true significance of the Middle Way: not to unthinkingly follow one’s every whim but, rather, as the Buddhist scholar Hajime Nakamura (1912–99) has stated, ‘to rely on one’s authentic self, the self that we can believe in and be proud of at all times.’ [i]

“When each of us considers all those who will be affected by our actions and reflects on the weight of our responsibility, this provides an opening for the revelation of our authentic self and for polishing our humanity.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9229, SGI President Ikeda’s Peace Proposal 2015, A Shared Pledge for a More Humane Future: To Eliminate Misery from the Earth, translation released 1st April, 2015

[i] (trans. from) Nakamura, Genshi butten o yomu, 219.

* 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–
SHIMEI NO MICHI O AYUMIDASHITA
SHIN SHAKAI NO TOMO YO!
SHINRAI O KIZUKU DODAI WA
[SAWAYAKANA AISATSU] DA.
TSUYOKI SEIMEIRYOKU DE HIKARE!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“ONO-ONO SHISHIO NO KOKORO O TORIIDASHITE IKANI HITO ODOSUTOMO OZURU
KOTO NAKARE SHISHIO WA HYAKUJU NI OJIZU SHISHI NO KO MATA KAKUNO
GOTOSHI”

(Gosho Zenshu, page 1190)

Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 041315 SGI-UK/Japan

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

April 13th – 19th, 2015
— WORDS OF THE WEEK —
I’d like to express my deepest appreciation and respect
to all of my fellow members for your hard work
and selfless dedication for the sake of kosen-rufu.
All the unseen virtue of your great efforts
to help so many people to form a connection to Buddhism
will certainly shine as boundless visible reward.
We, the SGI, are a light of hope for our communities
and the entire country of Japan (and the world).
Now, proudly,
let’s aim towards achieving consecutive victories!

* The Komeito Party, founded by the Soka Gakkai and now separate from the Soka Gakkai has been involved in some major election victories this last weekend and there is another round of local elections in two weeks time. The results are a very clear sign that the Japanese voters are pleased with what the Komeito has been trying to achieve!

Monday, April 13th, 2015
— 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, Vol.1, page 412)
Selection source: “Kyo no Hosshin”, Seikyo Shimbun, April 13th, 2015

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“Let’s boldly take the initiative in sending a spring breeze of hope and encouragement to our friends everywhere. Let’s lead the way in spreading dialogue that will usher in a springtime of happiness, victory, peace, and prosperity in our communities, the true stage of our mission.

“Cold winds
eventually give way to
fragrant spring breezes—
triumph over life’s winters
as a proud part of your Buddhist practice.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9230, The Song of Human Victory, The Challenging Spirit of the February Campaign, from 13th Feb., 2015, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun translation released 2nd April, 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 —
ZENDOSHI NO FUNTO NI SAIKEIREI!
BUTSUEN O HIROGETA INTOKU WA
MUGEN NO YOHO TO KAGAYAKU.
WARERA WA CHIIKI TO NIHON NO HIKARI.
HOKORI MO TAKAKU RENZOKU SHORI E!

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