Buddhist Food for Thought 070814

To My Friends

July 8, 2014

Beware of the super typhoon
coming our way!(*)
Don’t neglect to take precautionary
measures against mudslides and
swollen rivers.
Call out and remind one another
to “be millions of times more
careful than ever.”(**

(*) Super typhoon Neoguri is headed toward Okinawa.

(**)”The Hero of the World,” WND-1, p. 839

LET US CONTINUE TO CHANTING FOR EVERYONE’S SAFETY AND WELL-BEING. I HOPE THOSE OF YOU WITH FAMILY IN JAPAN AND NEARBY—I HOPE THEY ARE ALL OK!

For Today and Tomorrow

Daily Encouragement by Daisaku Ikeda
Tuesday, July 8, 2014:

We must make steady and persistent efforts firmly grounded in daily life. If we travel in the orbit of “faith equals daily life,” all our prayers will definitely be answered. We can then lead lives in which all our desires will be fulfilled. Should all our prayers be answered without our having to make any effort, we would grow lazy. Should all our desires be achieved without our ever having to experience suffering or hardship, we could not understand the pain and struggles of others, and our compassion would gradually wane.

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Buddhism Day by Day

Wisdom for Modern Life by Daisaku Ikeda
Tuesday, July 8, 2014:

Buddhism concerns itself with winning. When we battle a powerful enemy, either we will triumph or we will be defeated—there is no middle ground. Battling against life’s negative functions is an indivisible part of Buddhism. It is by being victorious in this struggle that we become Buddhas. We have to win. Moreover, Buddhism ensures that we can definitely do so.

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Daily Wisdom

From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Tuesday, July 8, 2014:

Just as I was thinking that, even if I remained free from illness, I would surely die of starvation, the wheat that you sent arrived. It is more wonderful than gold and more precious than jewels. Rida’s millet changed into a golden man. How, then, could Tokimitsu’s wheat fail to turn into the characters of the Lotus Sutra? These characters of the Lotus Sutra will become Shakyamuni Buddha and then a pair of wings for your deceased father, flying and soaring to the pure land of Eagle Peak. On returning, they will cover your body and protect you.

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