Buddhist Food for Thought 071414

Words of the Week

July 14th, 2014

Let’s engage in conversations
that inspire courage and conviction
one person at a time.
The accumulation of such tenacious
efforts is the formula for the
eternal flow and unfolding of



For Today and Tomorrow

 Daily Encouragement by Daisaku Ikeda
Monday, July 14, 2014:

Governments come and go, economies rise and fall and society constantly changes. Only the good fortune that we accumulate during our lives lasts forever. The true victors are those who cultivate the tree of Buddhahood in the vast earth of their lives, while achieving success both in society and their personal lives through true faith and a true way of living.



Buddhism Day by Day

Wisdom for Modern Life by Daisaku Ikeda
Monday, July 14, 2014:

An awareness of death enables us to live each day each moment—filled with appreciation for the unique opportunity we have to create something of our time on Earth. I believe that in order to enjoy true happiness, we should live each moment as if it were our last. Today will never return. We may speak of the past or of the future, but the only reality we have is that of this present instant. And confronting the reality of death actually enables us to bring unlimited creativity, courage and joy into each instant of our lives.



Daily Wisdom

From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Monday, July 14, 2014:

Outstanding Principles also declares: “Neither teacher nor disciples need undergo countless kalpas of austere practice in order to attain Buddhahood. Through the power of the Lotus Sutra of the Wonderful Law they can do so in their present form.”. . . The purpose of [this passage] of commentary is to clarify that the attainment of Buddhahood in one’s present form is limited to the Lotus Sutra alone.

The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 1052
The Doctrine of Attaining Buddhahood in One’s Present Form
Written to Myoichi-nyo on July 14, 1280




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