Buddhist Food for Thought 072014



To My Friends

July 20, 2014

Let’s give wholehearted encouragement
to the young men and women chapter
leaders who are making strenuous efforts
in the forefront.
It is the vibrant energy emanating from
the power of youth that will open the way
to the new era.

For Today and Tomorrow

Daily Encouragement by Daisaku Ikeda
Sunday, July 20, 2014:

Our lives are ruled by impermanence. But simply realizing that changes nothing. There is no value in bleak pessimism. The challenge is how to create something of enduring value within the context of our impermanent lives. The Lotus Sutra teaches us how to do this.

Buddhism Day by Day

Wisdom for Modern Life by Daisaku Ikeda
Sunday, July 20, 2014:

Although I and my disciples may encounter various difficulties, if we do not harbor doubts in our hearts, we will as a matter of course attain Buddhahood. Do not have doubts simply because heaven does not lend you protection. Do not be discouraged because you do not enjoy an easy and secure existence in this life. This is what I have taught my disciples morning and evening, and yet they begin to harbor doubts and abandon their faith. -Nichiren

Daily Wisdom

From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Sunday, July 20, 2014:

To speak out without fearing others and without flinching before society—this is what the sutra means when it says, “We care nothing for our bodies or lives but are anxious only for the unsurpassed way.” It is not that one does not recall the calumny, the staves and stones that were suffered by Bodhisattva Never Disparaging. It is not that one is unafraid of the world. It is just that the censure of the Lotus Sutra is even more severe.

The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 1017
Letter to Akimoto
Written to Akimoto Taro Hyo-no-jo on January 27, 1280


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