Scobie John /Buddhist Food for Thought 111314 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Thursday, Nov 13th, 2014
— TO MY FRIENDS —
To all of the members who support the running of our satellite broadcasts,
thank you so much for your unseen efforts 
and taking on all the challenges you so gladly do for us.
I ask that you try your utmost to take good care of your health
and ensure the safety and smooth running of all operations!

Thursday, Nov 13th, 2014
— DAILY GOSHO —
“When an evil ruler in consort with priests of erroneous teachings tries to destroy the correct teaching and do away with a man of wisdom, those with the heart of a lion king are sure to attain Buddhahood.”

(Letter from Sado – The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol.1, page 302)
Selection source: “Kyo no Hosshin”, Seikyo Shimbun, Nov 13th, 2014

Friday, Nov 14th, 2014
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“I remember visiting the home of one member, who was struggling with her husband’s illness and great economic hardship. ‘How long will we be poor like this?’ She asked me, I replied with unshakable conviction: ‘Benefit in the Latter Day of the Law takes the form of inconspicuous benefit. But even thin sheets of paper, when piled up one on top of another, day after day, will, in 10 or 20 years, become a huge, towering mountain. Our Buddhist practice enables us to fundamentally transform our state of life. You will definitely become happy.’

“In Buddhism, everything has profound meaning; nothing is ever wasted.

“Based on the Buddhist principle that ‘earthly desires lead to enlightenment,’ the more hardships and challenges you struggle with now, the more you can elevate your life state. And based on the ‘simultaneity of cause and effect,’ the more you strive now to sincerely encourage others, the more future leaders will be fostered for our movement.

“Please continue steadily and enjoyably to sow the seeds for becoming happy by taking part in Gakkai activities and to sow the seeds for fostering capable individuals by encouraging and supporting others. The ‘unseen virtue’ you accumulate through such efforts are certain, over time, to blossom as immeasurable ‘visible reward.’”
SGI Newsletter No. 9117, First SGI Women’s Peace Conference, The Commitment and Unity of Women Will Open the Way to Peace, from 11th Nov., 2014, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, translation released 11th 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–
KAGE NO ROKU O HOMARE TO SHI
CHUKEI GYOJI O SASAERU
YAKUIN NO MINASAMA NI KANSHA!
TAICHO KANRI O BANZEN NI
MUJIKO NO UNEI O TANOMU!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“AKUO NO SHOHO O YABURUNI JAHO NO SORA GA KATODO O NASHITE CHISHA O
USHINAWAN TOKIWA SHISHIO NO GOTOKUNARU KOKORO O MOTERU MONO KANARAZU
HOTOKENI NARUBESHI”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 957)
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