Buddhist Food for Thought 090514

To My Friends

September 5, 2014

The courage to “stand alone”
will create history.
Let’s boldly move and
engage in dialogue!
By our taking initiative,
fellow members will be
inspired to take action

For Today and Tomorrow

Daily Encouragement by Daisaku Ikeda
Friday, September 5, 2014:

Young people in school should make study their first priority. It goes without saying that faith is important, but faith is something we practice throughout our entire lives. There is a certain period and age when we should study. If we don’t work hard during that period, we may fail to acquire important knowledge and skills, and we may come to regret it deeply later. Faith manifests itself in daily life. For young people in school, faith manifests itself in their studies. During this period, to devote themselves to study represents an important part of their practice of faith.



Buddhism Day by Day

Wisdom for Modern Life by Daisaku Ikeda
Friday, September 5, 2014:

In the “Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings,” Nichiren says, “One should regard meeting obstacles as true peace and comfort.” You may wonder how encountering obstacles could be a source of peace and comfort. But the truth of the matter is that through struggling against and overcoming difficulties, we can transform our destiny and attain Buddhahood. Confronting adversity, therefore, represents peace and comfort.



Daily Wisdom

From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Friday, September 5, 2014:

These passages from the sutras speak of powerful enemies of the correct teaching. Such enemies are to be found not so much among evil rulers and evil ministers, among non-Buddhists and devil kings, or among monks who disobey the precepts. Rather they are those great slanderers of the Law who are to be found among the eminent monks who appear to be upholders of the precepts and men of wisdom.

The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 584
The Selection of the Time
Written to Yui in 1275






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