Buddhist Food for Thought 071814



To My Friends

July 18th. 2014

The Daishonin advises,
“The best way to attain Buddhahood
is to encounter a good friend.”(*)
When you have a problem,
rather than keeping your worries
to yourself, consult with a
good senior in faith.

(*)”Three Tripitaka Masters Pray for Rain,” WND 1, p. 598
Translation of “To My Friends” published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda’s recent guidance, with universal value and application.

For Today and Tomorrow

Daily Encouragement by Daisaku Ikeda
Friday, July 18, 2014:

There is no need to seek impatiently for greatness, fame or wealth. The earth and sun do not hurry; they follow their own path at their own pace. If the earth were to accelerate and complete one rotation in three hours instead of twenty-four, we would be in big trouble! The most important thing in life, too, is to find a sure and certain path and confidently advance along it.

Buddhism Day by Day

Wisdom for Modern Life by Daisaku Ikeda
Friday, July 18, 2014:

People of conviction, who stand alone, who pursue their chosen path—not only are such people good and trustworthy friends themselves, but they can make genuine friends of others. The bamboo groves of autumn are gorgeous. Each bamboo tree stands independently, growing straight and tall toward the sky. Yet in the ground, out of sight, their roots are interconnected. In the same way, true friendship is not a relationship of dependence, but of independence. It is the enduring bond that connects self-reliant individuals, comrades who share the same commitment, on a spiritual dimension.

Daily Wisdom

From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Friday, July 18, 2014:

The ten directions are the “environment,” and living beings are “life.” To illustrate, environment is like the shadow, and life, the body. Without the body no shadow can exist, and without life, no environment. In the same way, life is shaped by its environment.

The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 644
On Omens
Written to Shijo Kingo in 1275

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