Buddhist Food for Thought 072914

To My Friends

July 29th, 2014

To all those who are challenging
themselves to spend the summer
studying for the exam on Nichiren
Buddhism, do your best!
The steady accumulation of efforts will
lead to positive results without fail.
Don’t be defeated by your own lack
of confidence!



For Today and Tomorrow

Daily Encouragement by Daisaku Ikeda
Tuesday, July 29, 2014:

The ultimate essence of Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism lies in living on through to the very end, pressing ever forward, courageously taking on each new challenge we encounter and never giving up. Constructing eternal glory—the state of Buddhahood—within our own lives is the purpose of our Buddhist practice in this lifetime. Hence the Daishonin’s constant urging that we make tenacious efforts in the present.



Buddhism Day by Day

Wisdom for Modern Life by Daisaku Ikeda
Tuesday, July 29, 2014:

Compassion is the very soul of Buddhism. To pray for others, making their problems and anguish our own; to embrace those who are suffering, becoming their greatest ally; to continue giving them our support and encouragement until they become truly happy—it is in such humanistic actions that Nichiren Buddhism lives and breathes.



Daily Wisdom

From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Tuesday, July 29, 2014:

Believe in the Gohonzon with all your heart, for it is the robe to protect you in the world after death. No wife would ever leave her husband unclothed, nor could any parents fail to feel compassion for their child shivering in the cold. Shakyamuni Buddha and the Lotus Sutra are like one’s wife and parents. You have helped me and thereby saved me from disgrace in this life; in return, I will protect you from disgrace in the next. What one has done for another yesterday, will be done for oneself today.

The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 994
Letter to Jakunichi-bo
Written to Jakunichi-bo Niike on September 16, 1279




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