Buddhist Food for Thought 081314

To  My Friends

August 13th, 2014

Let’s express our heartfelt appreciation to the
members of the Housing Complex and
Community Divisions(*) who are leading the
effort to contribute to society in their respective
places of valuable mission.
Shine as a beacon of hope and continue to
create and strengthen bonds among people.

(*)Since the mid-1950s vast, multi-story public housing complexes have sprung up in large numbers in Japan. Both divisions were created in Japan with a goal of promoting trust and friendship within the community and among neighbors.



For Today and Tomorrow

Daily Encouragement by Daisaku Ikeda
Wednesday, August 13, 2014:

An important thing is that you concentrate on developing yourself. Whatever others may say or do, those who have established their own solid sense of identity will triumph in the end. The great Japanese author Eiji Yoshikawa (1892-1962) wrote in his novel Miyamoto Musashi [an account of the seventeenth-century master swordsman of the same name]: “Rather than worrying about your future, thinking ‘Perhaps I should become this or perhaps I should become that,’ first be still and build a self that is as solid and unmoving as Mount Fuji.”





Buddhism Day by Day

Wisdom for Modern Life by Daisaku Ikeda
Wednesday, August 13, 2014:

Buddhism teaches that human life is endowed simultaneously with both good and evil. The human mind is interpreted as partaking of ten different conditions, or states, including, at one end of the scale, hell, which is filled with suffering; hunger, dominated by greed; and animality, characterized by fear of the strong and contempt for the weak. At the other end are the Bodhisattva and Buddha conditions—states of mind in which people strive to help others by eliminating suffering and imparting happiness. Buddhism further teaches that the nature of life is for good and evil to be essentially inseparable.



Daily Wisdom

From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Wednesday, August 13, 2014:

Could “enjoy themselves at ease” mean anything but that both our bodies and minds, lives and environments, are entities of three thousand realms in a single moment of life and Buddhas of limitless joy? There is no true happiness other than upholding faith in the Lotus Sutra. This is what is meant by “peace and security in their present existence and good circumstances in future existences.”

The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 681
Happiness in This World
Written to Shijo Kingo on June 27, 1276




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