Buddhist Food for Thought 080814

To My Friends

August 8th, 2014

I extend my appreciation to
the organizational newspaper deliverers
who, every morning, rain or shine,
are the first to dash forth for kosen-rufu!
Please take the best care of your health!
May our uncrowned heroes shine with glory!



For Today and Tomorrow

Daily Encouragement by Daisaku Ikeda
Friday, August 8, 2014:

The present, as I am sure you all sense, is an age pervaded by great weariness and apathy. I would like you to be aware that the power and energy to serve humanity in such an enervated age can only be born from a vigorous, indomitable, noble will. Though the times may be rife with petty human conflicts, a pervading sense of hopelessness and all manner of turbulent storms, I hope that all of you will forge ahead boldly, with unflagging good cheer.





Buddhism Day by Day

Wisdom for Modern Life by Daisaku Ikeda
Friday, August 8, 2014:

Depending on the use to which it is put, religion can be a demonic force. Religion should bring us together, but it is exploited by some to create greater schisms among us. Nothing could be more unfortunate. Religion must always be for the people. People do not exist for the sake of religion. This must be the fundamental guideline of religion in the twenty-first century.



Daily Wisdom

From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Friday, August 8, 2014:

The sutras expounded prior to the Lotus Sutra cannot lead to Buddhahood because they are provisional and expedient teachings that separate reality and wisdom. The Lotus Sutra, however, unites the two as a single entity. The sutra says that the Buddhas open the door of Buddha wisdom to all living beings, show it, cause them to awaken to it, and induce them to enter its path. By realizing this Buddha wisdom, one attains Buddhahood.

The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 746
The Essentials for Attaining Buddhahood
Written to Soya Jiro Hyoe-no-jo Kyoshin on August 3, 1276




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