Buddhist Food for Thought 081514

To My Friends

August 15, 2014

Summer is the perfect opportunity
to teach our children about our
faith and practice.
I hope parents and children do gongyo
and chant daimoku together.
Parents, listen well to what your children
have to say and spend time sharing
the family’s kosen-rufu history.
Spend each day meaningfully.

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For Today and Tomorrow

Daily Encouragement by Daisaku Ikeda
Friday, August 15, 2014:

The first thing is to pray. From the moment we begin to pray, things start moving. The darker the night, the closer the dawn. From the moment we chant daimoku with a deep and powerful resolve, the sun begins to rise in our hearts. Hope—prayer is the sun of hope. To chant daimoku each time we face a problem, overcoming it and elevating our life-condition as a result—this is the path of “changing earthly desires into enlightenment,” taught in Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism.


1964: World Tribune publishes first issue.



Buddhism Day by Day

Wisdom for Modern Life by Daisaku Ikeda
Friday, August 15, 2014:

The world is growing increasingly interrelated and interdependent. We have reached a point where, in order to deal with not only environmental problems but every other issue confronting humankind, leaders with a broad, global perspective are indispensable. Everything hinges on how many capable leaders we can produce who are willing to fight wholeheartedly for the world’s future and the happiness of humanity.



Daily Wisdom

From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Friday, August 15, 2014:

I, Nichiren, have inscribed my life in sumi ink, so believe in the Gohonzon with your whole heart. The Buddha’s will is the Lotus Sutra, but the soul of Nichiren is nothing other than Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.

The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 412
Reply to Kyo’o
Written to Kyo’o and her parents, Nichigen-nyo and Shijo Kingo, on August 15, 1273




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