Buddhist Food for Thought 072214



To My Friends

July 22, 2014

When we make a fresh determination,
new development will commence.
Nichiren Buddhism elucidates the
“mystic principle of true cause.”
Our journey begins from this moment!
Let’s create value in our lives!

For Today and Tomorrow

Daily Encouragement by Daisaku Ikeda
Tuesday, July 22, 2014:

Without practice or actual efforts, there is no bodhisattva. Action is the essence of a Buddha. A self-centered life lived solely in pursuit of one’s own benefit and fortune is empty and base. A Bodhisattva of the Earth, in contrast, respects others and works for their happiness.

Buddhism Day by Day

Wisdom for Modern Life by Daisaku Ikeda
Tuesday, July 22, 2014:

Josei Toda always urged us to live our lives with courage and never be cowards. He said: “Those who can’t do anything but live cowardly lives are like beasts. They are ignoble and unhappy. Those who live out their lives courageously, on the other hand, lead the noblest and most sublime existences; they are happy.”

Daily Wisdom

From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Tuesday, July 22, 2014:

A good believer is one who does not depend upon persons of eminence nor despise those of humble station; who does not rely on the backing of superiors or look down on inferiors; who, not relying upon the opinions of others, upholds the Lotus Sutra among all the sutras. Such a person the Buddha has called the best of all people.

The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 880
How Those Initially Aspiring to the Way Can Attain Buddhahood through the Lotus Sutra
Written to the lay nun Myoho in 1277


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