Buddhist Food for Thought 080514

To My Friends

August 5, 2013

Let’s spend the summer engaging in
meaningful exchanges with family
and relatives who are not SGI members,
through seasonal letters and conversations
when returning to your home town for
the holidays.
Let’s spread understanding and empathy
through sincere effort.

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For Today and Tomorrow

Daily Encouragement by Daisaku Ikeda
Tuesday, August 5, 2014:

We cannot build true character if we allow ourselves to be swayed by passing praise or censure. “Don’t concern yourself with petty criticisms! Commune constantly with fine books and fine people and improve yourself!” This was the creed by which Mr. Makiguchi and Mr. Toda lived their lives.



Buddhism Day by Day

Wisdom for Modern Life by Daisaku Ikeda
Tuesday, August 5, 2014:

Buddhist optimism is not the escapist optimism of those who throw up their hands and say, “Somehow or other things will work out.” Rather it means clearly recognizing evil as evil and suffering as suffering and resolutely fighting to overcome it. It means believing in one’s ability and strength to struggle against any evil or any obstacle. It is to possess a fighting optimism.



Daily Wisdom

From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Tuesday, August 5, 2014:

The great lantern that illuminates the long night of the sufferings of birth and death, the sharp sword that severs the fundamental darkness inherent in life, is none other than the Lotus Sutra.

The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 1038
A Comparison of the Lotus and Other Sutras
Written to Toki Jonin on May 26, 1280




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