Buddhist Food for Thought 081914

To My Friends

August 19, 2014

Let’s continue to share and spread
the great, life-affirming philosophy of
Nichiren Buddhism, one person at a time.
This is the noble path to creating
genuine peace.



For Today and Tomorrow

Daily Encouragement by Daisaku Ikeda
Tuesday, August 19, 2014:

Buddhism is wisdom. As long as we have wisdom, we can put all things to the best use; we can turn everything in the direction of happiness.



Buddhism Day by Day

Wisdom for Modern Life by Daisaku Ikeda
Tuesday, August 19, 2014:

Ultimately, we are responsible for our own destiny. It may seem to us that our fate is predetermined, whether by our genes or by our environment. What really matters, however, is how we can improve ourselves from this moment forward, how we can change the circumstances that we find ourselves in. This enormous transformative force is what Buddhism is all about. In this struggle lies the source of never-ending youth and vitality.




Daily Wisdom

From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Tuesday, August 19, 2014:

During [Sudatta’s] last period of poverty, when all the people had fled or perished and only he and his wife remained, they had five measures of rice that would nourish them for five days. At that time, five people—Mahakashyapa, Shariputra, Ananda, Rahula and Shakyamuni Buddha—came one after another to beg for the five measures of rice, which Sudatta gave them. From that day on, Sudatta was the wealthiest man in all India, and he built the Jetavana Monastery. From this, you should understand all things.

The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 1086
The Wealthy Man Sudatta
Written to Nanjo Tokimitsu on December 27, 1280




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