Scobie John 070814 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014
— TO MY FRIENDS —
Let’s exercise the utmost precaution as the large scale typhoon
(Neogiri, hits the Okinawan islands*).
Let’s take any possibility of calamity such as from gales, 
downpours and flooding seriously.
And, let’s make sure that we look out for and alert each other so that we are all fully prepared.
The gosho says: “be millions of times more careful than ever!”*

*As of the evening of July 8th, 2014, 540,000 people have been advised to evacuate as Typhool Neogiri lashes the Okinawan islands here in Japan.
PLEASE LET’S CHANT FOR EVERYONE’S SAFETY


Tuesday, July 8th, 2014
— DAILY GOSHO —
“To accept is easy; to continue is difficult. But Buddhahood lies in continuing faith. Those who uphold this sutra should be prepared to meet difficulties.”

(The Difficulty of Sustaining Faith – The Writings of Nichiren
Daishonin, Volume 1, page 471)–Selection source: Gosho for July, Seikyo Shimbun, July 1st
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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“Our feelings and emotions are constantly changing––one moment we may feel happy, the next sad; one moment enjoying ourselves, and the next filled with pain. This is especially true during the time of youth.
            
“Nichiren Daishonin cites the words: ‘Become the master of your mind rather than let your mind master you’ (WND-1, 502).
            
“It might seem fun to just do as we please all the time, but if we live our lives ruled by fleeting emotions, we will eventually lose 
our way. That’s why it’s so important to have a mentor whose 
guidance and example we can keep in our hearts as a 
spiritual compass.  
            
“Mr. Toda is always in my heart. To this day, I have an inner 
dialogue with him every day. I always ask myself what he’d 
do in my situation and what would make him proud. Because 
I have this inner foundation, I am never uncertain or afraid.
            
“The path of mentor and disciple is the supreme path of 
human life. It is a path of justice and a path of hope. It is a 
path of happiness and victory.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9029, Dialogue for the Future: Travelling the Path of Victory Together with You, [22] Nothing Is Greater Than the Path of Mentor and Disciple—Part 1 [of 2], from 1st Feb., 2014, issue of the Mirai [Future] Journal, translation released 4th July, 2014
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* 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–
OGATA TAIFU NI KEIKAI SEYO!
DOSHA SAIGAI YA KAWA NO ZOSUI E NO
CHUI O DANJITE OKOTARU NA!
MINA DE KOE O KAKEAI
HYAKUSENMANOKU BAI NO YOJIN O!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“UKURUWA YASUKU TAMOTSU WA KATASHI SARU AIDA JOBUTSU WA TAMOTSU NI ARI
KONO KYO O TAMOTAN HITO WA NAN NI AUBESHI TO KOKOROETE TAMOTSU NARI”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 1136)

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