Buddhist Food for Thought 070914

To My Friends

July 9th, 2014

Let’s patiently and tenaciously continue
to encourage friends who are
battling hardships until they are
able to overcome them.
The strong bonds we share with
our fellow members are the
driving force for achieving victory.



For Today and Tomorrow

Daily Encouragement by Daisaku Ikeda
Wednesday, July 9, 2014:

Even in times of hardship, the important thing is for each of us to determine that we are the star, protagonist and hero of our lives and keep moving forward. Putting ourselves down and shrinking back from the obstacles looming before us spell certain defeat. Through making ourselves strong and developing our state of life, we can definitely find a way through. As long as we uphold the Mystic Law throughout our lives, we can break through any impasse and surmount any obstacle. We will also be able to lead all those who are suffering to happiness.




Buddhism Day by Day

Wisdom for Modern Life by Daisaku Ikeda
Wednesday, July 9, 2014:

When open and engaged, we are experiencing the greater self. When closed off, we are putting forth our “lesser self.” The lesser self is a deluded condition, while the greater self is synonymous with the Buddha nature. To live for the greater self means to recognize the universal principle behind all things and, thus awakened, rise above the suffering caused by awareness of impermanence. A belief in something eternal is needed to enhance our quality of existence. By believing this lifetime is the be-all and end-all of existence, we will miss out on living a truly profound life. When our viewpoint expands beyond the boundaries of  our present existence to include the entire, eternal universe, we can live deeply fulfilling lives.


Daily Wisdom

From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Wednesday, July 9, 2014:

Strengthen your faith now more than ever. Anyone who teaches the principles of Buddhism to others is bound to incur hatred from men and women, priests and nuns. Let them say what they will. Entrust yourself to the golden teachings of the Lotus Sutra, Shakyamuni Buddha, T’ien-t’ai, Miao-lo, Dengyo, and Chang-an. This is what is signified by the expression, “practicing according to the Buddha’s teachings.”

The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 626
The Embankments of Faith
Written to the lay nun Sennichi on September 3, 1275





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