Buddhist Food for Thought 072414

To My Friends

July 24th, 2014

Let’s treasure conversations
between parents and children.
A harmonious family is the foundation
for passing down faith.
Let’s ensure that we create good
memories for the sake of those
youth who will play leading roles
at the time of Soka Gakkai’s centennial.



For Today and Tomorrow

Daily Encouragement by Daisaku Ikeda
Thursday, July 24, 2014:

Our lives are our own. It is not for someone else to dictate to us how we should live them. All that awaits those who allow themselves to be continually swayed by what other people say or do is unhappiness. We simply need to have the self-belief to be able to say: “This is right. This is the path I will follow. I am content.” Happiness is born from such inner fortitude. Moreover, those who earnestly devote themselves in accord with the Mystic Law cannot fail to realize lives of total fulfillment.

Buddhism Day by Day

Wisdom for Modern Life by Daisaku Ikeda
Thursday, July 24, 2014:

The Argentine educator Almafuerte wrote: “To the weak, difficulty is a closed door. To the strong, however, it is a door waiting to be opened.” Difficulties impede the progress of those who are weak. For the strong, however, they are an opportunity to open wide the doors to a bright future. Everything is determined by our attitude, by our resolve.



Daily Wisdom

From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Thursday, July 24, 2014:

The Great Teacher Nan-yüeh has stated, “If one sees a foe of the Lotus Sutra and yet fails to censure him, one becomes a slanderer of the Law and will fall into the hell of incessant suffering.” Even a man of great wisdom, if he sees such a person and fails to speak out, will fall into the depths of the hell of incessant suffering, and as long as that hell shall endure, he will never escape.

The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 1021
Letter to Akimoto
Written Akimoto Taro Hyo-no-jo on January 27, 1280




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