Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 103014 SGI-UK/Japan (no graphics)

A translation of President Ikeda’s “To My Friends” 
published in the Seikyo Shimbun and more.

Thursday, Oct 30th, 2014
— TO MY FRIENDS —
The important thing when raising people of ability
is to take action alongside them,
challenge study together with them
and keep on giving them words of encouragement.
Today again, let’s make our way to our friends’ side!

Thursday, Oct 30th, 2014
— DAILY GOSHO —
“And could not this illness of your husband’s be the Buddha’s design, because the Vimalakirti and Nirvana sutras both teach that sick people will surely attain Buddhahood? Illness gives rise to the resolve to attain the way.”

(The Good Medicine for All Ills 
– The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 937)
Selection Source: “Kyo no Hosshin”, 
Seikyo Shinbun, Oct 30th, 2014

Friday, Oct 31st, 2014
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“The Daishonin plainly states that true happiness means possessing both wisdom and compassion — in other words, the life state of Buddhahood. If one has wisdom but lacks compassion, one’s life will be closed and constricted. Such wisdom, then, is not genuine. To have compassion but lack wisdom or behave in a foolish manner is to be of no help to anyone, including oneself. And compassion that is incapable of helping anyone cannot be said to be genuine.

“Only faith in the Mystic Law encompasses both wisdom and compassion. The Daishonin clearly states: ‘Now, when Nichiren and his followers chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, they are expressing joy in the fact that they will inevitably become Buddhas eternally endowed with the three bodies'[1] (OTT, 146). This in itself is ‘the greatest of all joys’ (OTT, 212).

“President Toda maintained that ‘individual happiness and social prosperity must go hand in hand.’ The individual happiness referred to here is not self-centred; rather, it means cultivating true humanity—developing into a person who possesses wisdom and compassion and helping others do the same.

“The Lotus Sutra (Nam-myoho-renge-kyo) has the power to actualise both individual happiness and social prosperity.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9112, The Wisdom for Creating Happiness and Peace, Part 1: Happiness, Chap. 5: Happiness for Both Ourselves and Others, from the October 2014 issue of the Daibyakurenge, translation released 27th Oct., 2014

[1] The three bodies of the Buddha refer to the Dharma body, the reward body, and the manifested body. The Dharma body is the fundamental truth, or Law, to which a Buddha is enlightened. The reward body is the wisdom to perceive the Law. And the manifested body is the compassionate actions the Buddha carries out to lead people to happiness.

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

–WAGATOMO NI OKURU–
JINZAI IKUSEI NO KONPON WA
ISSHO NI UGOKU KOTODA.
TOMO NI MANABIAU KOTO DA.
HAGEMASHI TSUZUKERU KOTO DA.
SA KYO MO TOMO NO MOTO E!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“KONO YAMAI WA HOTOKE NO ONHAKARAI KA SONO YUE WA JOMYOKYO NEHANGYO
NIWA YAMAI ARU HITO HOTOKE NI NARUBEKI YOSHI TOKARETE SORO YAMAI NI
YORITE DOSHIN WA OKORI SORO NARI”
(Gosho Zenshu page 1480)

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