Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 111814 SGI-UK/Japan—More Happy Nov 18th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A translation of President Ikeda’s “To My Friends”
published in the Seikyo Shimbun and more.Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
— TO MY FRIENDS —
It’s thanks to the tremendous efforts made by everyone in the SGI
that the SGI has been able to make such great strides forwards

and win such outstanding victories!
The Daishonin states:
“The ‘great vow’ refers to the propagation of the Lotus Sutra.”*
Let’s together unlock the path to the new age of worldwide kosen-rufu
and enjoy a life of great benefit and good fortune!*”The Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings”, page 82Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
— DAILY GOSHO —
“The voice carries out the work of the Buddha.”The Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings, page 4
Selection source: Teachings of Buddhism, Seikyo Shimbun, November 15th, 2014

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“My greatest pride is each one of our noble members who strives tirelessly for kosen-rufu, accumulating “unseen virtue” behind-the-scenes, whether or not others recognise or appreciate their effort. And my greatest joy is seeing those dedicated members and all their families and loved ones enjoying brilliant lives of victory, enveloped in the “visible reward” of complete fulfilment and satisfaction, transcending worldly praise and criticism.

“Nichiren Daishonin applauded the unseen virtue of Nichigen-nyo, the wife of Shijo Kingo, writing: ‘Your sincerity is deeper even than the earth, and the earthly gods must certainly realise it. It is loftier even than the sky, and the heavenly gods Brahma and Shakra must also be aware of it” (WND-1, 316). He also commended the sincere faith of her husband, Shijo Kingo, assuring him: “What is hidden turns into manifest virtue’ (WND-1, 848).

“The corrupt and troubled saha world is rife with the kind of injustice where the steady efforts of decent, honest people go unrewarded, while the cunning and devious grow in influence. Looking at history, we see all too many tragedies where good, upright people are maligned and discredited by unscrupulous, dishonest people.

“But in the light of the rigorous Buddhist principle of cause and effect operating throughout the three existences of past, present, and future, good and truth bring positive reward, while evil and falsehood bring negative consequences, without fail.

“The fate of the corrupt and false-hearted is inescapable. As the Daishonin writes: ‘Eventually, they are all doomed to fall’ (WND-1, 997).

“Those who continue to chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and strive to realise their vow for kosen-rufu, together with fellow members who act as ‘good friends’ in faith, are certain to lead lives that will be adorned with victory and rich benefit in the end.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9120, Appreciation for Those Making Noble Efforts Behind the Scenes, from the December 2014 issue of the Daibyakurenge, translation released 18th 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–
ZEN DOSHI NO FUNTO ARITE
GAKKAI WA DAIYAKUSHIN, DAISHORI!
[DAIGAN TO WA HOKKE GUTSU NARI]
SEKAI KOFU SHINJIDAI O HIRAKU
FUKUTOKU NO JINSEI O TOMO NI!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“KOE BUTSUJI O NASU”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 708)

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