Buddhist Food for Thought 071614

To My Friends

July 16, 2014

When your life is hectic,
that is the very time
you should chant daimoku
and read the gosho(*).
Let’s advance along the path
to victory putting into
action the Buddhist concept
of faith equals daily life.

For Today and Tomorrow

Daily Encouragement by Daisaku Ikeda
Wednesday, July 16, 2014:

The powerful may appear great, but in reality they are not. Greatest of all are the ordinary people. If those in power lead lives of idle luxury it is because the people are silent. We have to speak out. With impassioned words, we need to resolutely attack abuses of power that cause people suffering. This is fighting on the side of justice. It is wrong to remain silent when confronted with injustice. Doing so is tantamount to supporting and condoning evil.


1260: Nichiren Daishonin submits his treatise “On Establishing the Correct Teaching for the Peace of the Land.”


Buddhism Day by Day

Wisdom for Modern Life by Daisaku Ikeda
Wednesday, July 16, 2014:

What will the future be like? No one knows the answer to this question. All we know is that the effects that will appear in the future are contained in the causes made in the present. The important thing, therefore, is that we stand up and take action to achieve great objectives without allowing ourselves to be distracted or discouraged by immediate difficulties.

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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