Buddhist Food for Thought 071714

To My Friends

July 17th, 2014

If you dedicate your time to
supporting your fellow members,
you will be protected by the
positive functions of the universe.
Be a compassionate leader who
gives reassurance and hope to others.

For Today and Tomorrow

Daily Encouragement by Daisaku Ikeda
Monday, July 21, 2014:

True and lasting happiness only and always comes from our own efforts, our own wisdom, our own good fortune. This is a fundamental truth. Faith is the key to strengthening our efforts, wisdom and good fortune; SGI activities are the key to strengthening ourselves.

Buddhism Day by Day

Wisdom for Modern Life by Daisaku Ikeda
Monday, July 21, 2014:

We can lose ourselves in romantic attachment, but the truth is, the euphoria is unlikely to last for long. Indeed, the likelihood of undergoing suffering and sadness only grows over time. As long as we remain unable to redress our own weaknesses, we will be miserable no matter where or to whom we may take flight. We can never become truly happy unless we ourselves undergo a personal transformation.

Daily Wisdom

From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Monday, July 21, 2014:

What can we say, then, of persons who are devoting themselves to Buddhism? Surely they should not forget the debts of gratitude they owe to their parents, their teachers and their country. But if one intends to repay these great debts of gratitude, one can hope to do so only if one learns and masters Buddhism, becoming a person of wisdom.

The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 690
On Repaying Debts of Gratitude
Written to Joken-bo and Gijo-bo on July 21, 1276

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