Buddhist Food for Thought 090614

For Today and Tomorrow

Daily Encouragement by Daisaku Ikeda
Saturday, September 6, 2014:

We often hear people say they aren’t capable. But this is a defeatist attitude. If you feel you aren’t capable, then tap into the great reservoir of potential that lies inside you. Since we embrace the Daishonin’s Buddhism, we have recourse to daimoku. If we chant daimoku to the Gohonzon, we can bring forth all the ability and strength we will ever need.



Buddhism Day by Day

Wisdom for Modern Life by Daisaku Ikeda
Saturday, September 6, 2014:

There is nothing wrong with being successful in society and enjoying a degree of fame. But ultimately, the lives of those dedicated to the welfare and happiness of others, even if they remain unrecognized, are the ones truly worthy of respect.



Daily Wisdom

From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Saturday, September 6, 2014:

Even if my counsel is heeded, if I am not given due respect as the votary of the Lotus Sutra, then the country will perish. How ominous that the authorities have turned hundreds of persons against me and have even banished me twice! This country is surely doomed, but since I have asked the gods to withhold their punishment on our land, it has survived until now. However, that punishment has finally descended because these unreasonable actions continued.

The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 773
The Actions of the Votary of the Lotus Sutra
Written to the lay nun Konichi in 1276




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