Buddhist Food for Thought 070614

Word of the Week

July 6th, 2014

Our discussion meetings are
flower gardens of encouragement.
The Daishonin states,
“Myo (Mystic) means to revive”(*)
Let’s hold bright and joyful
discussion meetings that
inspire our fellow members with
hope and energy!

(*)”The Daimoku of the Lotus Sutra,” WND I, p. 149
“Myo means to revive, that is, to return to life.”

For Today and Tomorrow

Daily Encouragement by Daisaku Ikeda

Sunday, July 6, 2014:

We could liken doing gongyo and chanting daimoku to the earth’s rotation on its axis, while taking part in activities resembles the earth’s revolution around the sun. To enter this path, which enables us to savor a state where life is an unparalleled joy, is itself proof of our attainment of Buddhahood. In the present age, SGI activities represent the means by which we can attain Buddhahood.

Buddhism Day by Day

Wisdom for Modern Life by Daisaku Ikeda
Sunday, July 6, 2014:

A strong opponent helps us develop and forge our own strength and ability. When you encounter some challenge, rejoice and say to yourself, “I have met a rare and worthy adversary!” Greet everything positively, weather all storms with a strong, resilient spirit, and emerge triumphant. That is the Buddhist way of life.

Daily Wisdom

From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Sunday, July 6, 2014:

Chang-an wrote, “If one befriends another person but lacks the mercy to correct him, one is in fact his enemy.” The consequences of a grave offense are extremely difficult to erase. The most important thing is to continually strengthen our wish to benefit others.

The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 625
The Embankment of Faith
Written to the lay nun Sennichi on September 3, 1275


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