Scobie John /Buddhist Food for Thought 101314 SGI-UK/Japan

A translation of President Ikeda’s “Words of the Week”
published in the Seikyo Shimbun and more.

Oct 13th-19th, 2014
— WORDS OF THE WEEK —
It is actually when our schedule is so hectic
that we can find great opportunities 
to elevate our life condition.
Let’s always remember to chant daimoku
so that we can boldly endeavour 
to achieve our human revolution!
(sgich.cl)

(sgich.cl)



Monday, Oct 13th, 2014
— DAILY GOSHO —
“Strengthen your faith day by day and month after month. Should you 
slacken in your resolve even a bit, devils will take advantage.”

(On Persecutions Befalling the Sage- The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol 1, page 997) Selection source: “Kyo no Hosshin”, Seikyo Shimbun, Oct 13th, 2014

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Tuesday, Oct 14th, 2014
—— DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-

“…the Daishonin clearly states that both hell and the Buddha are right here ‘in our five-foot body’ (WND-1, 1137) and ‘in the heart’ (WND-1, 1137). First of all, by using the word ‘our,’ the Daishonin indicates that these states are within all of us, himself included, without any distinction or discrimination. Second, the world of Hell and Buddhahood are not far away. They exist in our lives, in the lives of real people living right here and now.
         
“In explaining the mutual possession of the Ten Worlds, the Daishonin first gives an example of how the world of Hell is a potential within one’s own life, describing it, for instance, as ‘the heart of a person who inwardly despises his father and disregards his mother’ (WND-1, 1137).
         
“Naturally, there are all kinds of relationships between parents and children, and simply honouring one’s parents isn’t the solution to every problem. But the fact remains that without our parents, we would not exist in this world. Harbouring unreasonable animosity towards the parents who gave birth to and lovingly nurtured us could lead to undermining the very foundation of our existence and negating the value of our own precious lives. If we lose that foundation, we could also end up losing our sense of self-worth and meaning, our self-confidence and hope. The Daishonin warns that this fundamental form of suffering represents the world of Hell and that it is a basic cause of unhappiness.
         
“The law of cause and effect operating in the depths of life is strict. It may not be immediately clear when we just examine the causes, but they invariably produce effects, whether negative or positive. The Daishonin compares this to the lotus seed, which simultaneously contains both ‘blossom and fruit’ (WND-1, 1137).[1]”

SGI Newsletter No. 9093, Learning from the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin: The Teachings for Victory, [59] “New Year’s Gosho”, from the January 2014 issue of the Daibyakurenge, translation released 24th Sep., 2014

[1] This characteristic of the lotus flower (renge) symbolises the principle of the simultaneity of cause and effect, which is core to the principle of the mutual possession of the Ten Worlds. It indicates that at the deepest level, cause and effect are not separated by time but are present together simultaneously in each moment of life. It also indicates that the nine worlds are inherent in the world of Buddhahood and that Buddhahood is inherent in each of the nine worlds.
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* The Japanese kanji is available by clicking on Seikyo Shinbun’s
web-site address at http://www.seikyoonline.jp/news/index.html

— KONSHU NO KOTOBA —
TABONA HIBI NIKOSO
OKIKU KYOGAI O HIRAKU
“chance” GA ARU.
DAIMOKU O WASUREZUNI
TAKUMASHIKU NINGEN KAKUMEI O!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“TSUKIZUKI HIBINI TSUYORI TAMAE SUKOSHIMO TAYUMU KOKORO ARABA MA TAYORI O UBESHI”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 1190)

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