Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 110814 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Saturday, Nov 8th, 2014
— TO MY FRIENDS —
The Daishonin states,
“The Lotus Sutra, on the other hand,
is a veritable mountain of riches”*
the power of the Mystic Law is immense.
By chanting daimoku with specific goals in mind
and taking the necessary and appropriate action,
let’s make our confidence stronger each and every day.
Let’s develop an unshakable life condition
no matter what might happen!

*”The Essence of the ‘Medicine King’ Chapter” – WND-I, page 95

Saturday, Nov 8th, 2014
— DAILY GOSHO —
“Let us openly and clearly outline the virtues of Myoho-renge-kyo! Just as poisonous compounds are changed into medicine, so these five characters of Myoho-renge-kyo change evil into good. The Spring of Jewels is so called because, in this spring, stones are changed into jewels. In the same way, these five characters can change ordinary human beings into Buddhas.”

(White Horses and White Swans – The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol. 1, page 1064) Selection source: “Suntetsu”, Seikyo Shimbun, November 8th, 2014

Sunday, Nov 9th, 2014
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“One member hesitantly raised his hand and asked: ‘I find it difficult to put into practise the eloquence, wisdom, and compassion that the guidance of the SGI suggests we aspire to.’

“It was an earnest concern. With the same degree of seriousness, I responded sincerely: ‘Just be yourself. All you have to do is keep chanting daimoku and advance freely in a manner that is true to yourself. . . .

“‘Surely the true and most humane way for us to live is to advance just as we are, as ordinary people, basing our lives on Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and striving to improve ourselves, even if only little by little.’”

SGI Newsletter No. 9115, Spread Your Wings towards the Future, [2] Rainbow over New Delhi, from 1st May, 2014, issue of the Mirai [Future] Journal, translation released 4th Nov., 2014

* 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–
HOKEKYO WA TAKARA NO YAMA NARI
MYOHO NO KURIKI WA ZETSUDAI DA.
GUTAITEKINA INORI TO KODO DE
KAKUSHIN O TSUYOMERU HIBI O!
FUDO NO KYOGAI O HIRAKI YUKE!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“MYOHORENGEKYO NO TOKU ARA-ARA MOSHI HIRAKU BESHI DOKUYAKU HENJITE KUSURI TO NARU MYOHORENGEKYO NO GOJI WA AKU HENJITE ZEN TO NARU GYOKUSEN TO MOSU IZUMI WA ISHI O TAMA TO NASU KONO GOJI WA BOMPU O HOTOKE TO NASU”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 1423)

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