Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 112114 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Friday Nov 21st, 2014
— TO MY FRIENDS —
The Daishonin encourages us,
“Each of you should summon up the courage of a lion king.”*
Chanting daimoku to achieve our vow of kosen-rufu
is the very source of indomitable courage.
Let’s forever advance by first and foremost chanting daimoku!

*”Each of you should summon up the courage of a lion king and never succumb to threats from anyone.” – “On Persecutions Befalling the Sage”, WND-I, page 997

Friday Nov 21st, 2014
— DAILY GOSHO —
“A sword is useless in the hands of a coward. The mighty sword of the Lotus Sutra must be wielded by one courageous in faith. Then one will be as strong as a demon armed with an iron staff.”

(Reply to Kyō’ō- The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 412)  
Selection source: “Kyo no Hosshin”, Seikyo Shimbun, November 21st, 2014

Saturday Nov 22nd, 2014
—— DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“Let us do our utmost to sustain the wonderfully warm atmosphere of the SGI where members feel free to discuss anything. Unless we do so, our organisation will stop growing and developing. An organisation that is run by orders from above is bound to sink into bureaucracy. It will become rigid, and so will its members. We must not allow that to happen. The SGI is a realm of humanity, the heart, faith, and compassion. It is a realm of unity and mutual inspiration. That is why it is strong. If we value and promote these qualities, the SGI will grow and develop forever…”
 
SGI Newsletter No. 9123, From SGI President Ikeda’s speech at the 23rd Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting held in Tokyo, Japan, on 16th June, 1998 featured in a video of the speech shown during the 8th Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting of the New Era of Worldwide Kosen-rufu, held in Tokyo, on 8th Nov., 2014. Translation released 21st Nov., 2014. Text appeared in 17th Nov., 2014, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, the Soka Gakkai daily newspaper.

* 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–
“ONO ONO SHISHIO NO KOKORO O
TORIIDASHITE” GOSEIKUN.
SEIGAN NO INORI KOSO
FUKUTSU NO YUKI NO GENSEN!
SHODAI KOMPON NI SUSUMIYUKE!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“TSURUGI NANDOMO SUSUMAZARU HITONO TAMENIWA MOCHIIRU KOTO NASHI HOKEKYO NO TSURUGI WA SHINJIN NO KANAGENARU HITO KOSO MOCHIIRU KOTONARE ONI NI KANABO TARUBESHI”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 1124)
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