* The “Daily Encouragement” part today may be a bit longer than normal but it was not possible to cut it. We do hope though, that you will give us just a few more seconds and read through to the end! Hope you have a great day! …
A translation of President Ikeda’s “To My Friends”
published in the Seikyo Shimbun and more.
Thursday, Aug 14th, 2014
— TO MY FRIENDS —
It’s our noble friends in the Men’s Division
who are protecting our family and community
and confronting the harsh winds of society!
No matter what your circumstances might be gentlemen,
please always take the utmost care of your health
and forever shine as the champions of Soka!
Thursday, Aug 14th, 2014
— DAILY GOSHO —
“If lay believers and their teacher pray with differing minds, their
prayers will be as futile as trying to kindle a fire on water.”
(The Eight Winds – The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 795)
Selection source: “Kyo no Hosshin”, Seikyo Shimbun, August 14th, 2014
Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —
” Let us assume, for example, that there are young people in our district or local area who are feeling overwhelmed by real problems and challenges.
”We can talk to them about the benefits of practising Nichiren Buddhism so that they can break through their lack of self-confidence and do their human revolution.We can tell them that they can draw forth the same power of the Buddha we all possess within us, helping them summon up courage. This is guidance.
“We can join them in talking about Buddhism with their friends and other activities for kosen-rufu, and use these as opportunities to set a concrete example for them to follow. This is education.
“In addition, it’s important for young people to gain a clear idea of how to carry out activities, feel they can do them too, and actually set out to do so. If they feel that it’s beyond their ability, they’ll hesitate to even try. To begin engaging in such activities of their own initiative—that is the start of training.
” Finally, believing in the inherent capabilities of young people and encouraging them sincerely so that they can develop without constraint—that is support.
“Only when all four of these cornerstones are solidly in place will capable people for kosen-rufu truly be fostered. The effectiveness of these four cornerstones will also ultimately depend on the extent to which those doing the fostering can develop their own lives and progress in their own human revolution.”
SGI Newsletter No. 9060, Learning from the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin: The Teachings for Victory,  “The Wealthy Man Sudatta.” Imparting Hope, Courage, and Inspiration to Each Person, from the December 2013 edition of Daibyaku Renge, translation released 4th Aug. 2014
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–WAGATOMO NI OKURU–
KAZOKU TO CHIKI O MAMORI
SHAKAI NO ARANAMI TO TATAKAU
SONENBU NO TOMO YO!
DOKO MADE MO KENKO DAIICHI DE
SOKA NO NINGEN OJA TO HIKARE!
— KYO NO GOSHO —
“DANNA TO SHI TO OMOIAWANU INORI WA MIZU NO UENI HI O TAKUGA GOTOSHI”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 1151)