Scobie John 081614 SGI-UK/Japan

A translation of President Ikeda’s “To My Friends”
published in the Seikyo Shimbun and more.Saturday, August 16th, 2014
— TO MY FRIENDS —
To all of the members in our SGI brass bands
and fife and drum corps,
thank you all so much for your heartfelt and energetic performances
at all the various public events you support.
Everyone is so inspired by your moving 
and hope-filled “wonderful sound,”*
and rousingly applauds you all!

*”Only by conveying to others in some way the state of life we acquire through faith will they receive our light.¬† Culture is a good example of this.¬† Boddhisattva Wonderful Sound represents cultural activity.¬† I think we can say that Bodhisattva Wonderful Sound’s actions symbolise the SGI’s movement for peace, culture and education.¬† We are moving forwards, giving rise to a brilliant heavenly song.” – The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra, “The Boddhisattva Wonderful Sound” chapter
Central Territory Brass Band- Fife and  Drum Corps 2007 sgi.org

Central Territory Brass Band- Fife and Drum Corps 2007 sgi.org

Saturday, August 16th, 2014
— DAILY GOSHO —
“Even when JakushŇć and other priests set out from Japan to take some sutras to China, no one was found there who could embrace these sutras and teach them to¬†others. It was as though there were only wooden or stone statues garbed¬†in priests‚Äô robes and carrying begging bowls.”

(On the Buddha’s Prophecy РThe Writings of
Nichiren Daishonin, Vol.I, page 401) Selection source: SGI President Ikeda’s guidance, Seikyo Shimbun, August 16th, 2014

sgi.org

sgi.org

Sunday, August 17th, 2014
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-

“‚ÄčPeople tend to think that¬†attaining¬†Buddhahood requires¬†austere and difficult forms¬†of practice‚ÄĒlike that undertaken by the boy Snow Mountains,¬†who was willing to give his most precious possession, his life, for the sake of the Law. But ordinary people in the Latter Day of the Law, when¬†presented with such a view of attaining enlightenment,¬†become¬†convinced that such a path¬†is¬†beyond¬†what they can do.

“‚ÄčThe Daishonin, however, states:¬†‘Ordinary people keep in mind the words “earnest resolve” [or “sincere¬†commitment”]¬†and thereby become Buddhas’ (WND-1, 1125).

“‚ÄčWhen¬†we¬†offer something precious and important¬†to us,¬†then in spirit our offering¬†is the same as¬†that of¬†the boy Snow Mountain,¬†who was willing to give his life to¬†a¬†demon¬†[in exchange for hearing an important Buddhist teaching]. For us, this means pledging to carry out kosen-rufu in¬†the course of¬†our daily lives¬†while living life to¬†the fullest.¬†In doing so, we are¬†devoting our lives to Buddhism, and thereby open the¬†life state of Buddhahood within us.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9060, Learning from the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin: The Teachings for Victory, [58] ‚ÄúThe Wealthy Man Sudatta.” Imparting Hope, Courage, and Inspiration to Each Person, from the December 2013 edition of Daibyaku Renge, translation released 4th Aug. 2014

Sent from Okinawa, Japan and Hertfordshire, England

(proudblackbuddhist.org)

(proudblackbuddhist.org)

* The Japanese kanji is available by clicking on Seikyo Shinbun’s
web-site address athttp://www.seikyoonline.jp/news/index.html

–WAGATOMO NI OKURU–
KAKUCHI NO GYOJI DE NETSUEN SURU
ONGATSUTAI KOTEKITAI NO MINASAMA
HONTO NI ARIGATO!
KOKORO O URUOSU KIBO NO MYO-ON NI
MINA GA KANDO! MINA GA KASSAI!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“NOHON YORI JAKUSHO TO SHOSHO KOREO WATASU SHIKARITO IEDOMO DENJI NO HITO NAKEREBA NAO MOKUSEKI NO EHATSU O TAIJI SERUGA GOTOSHI”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 508)

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