Scobie John /Buddhist Food for Thought 112214 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Saturday Nov. 22nd, 2014
— TO MY FRIENDS —
Buddhism is all about taking action.
First, let’s initiate action ourselves!
When we devote ourselves to achieving kosen-rufu,
our lives definitely gain momentum
and a sun of joy will rise within our lives!

Saturday Nov. 22nd, 2014
— DAILY GOSHO —
“Life is limited; we must not begrudge it. What we should ultimately aspire to is the Buddha land.”

(Aspiration for the Buddha Land 
– The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 214)  
Selection source: The New Human Revolution, 
Seikyo Shimbun, November 22nd, 2014

Sunday Nov. 23rd, 2014
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-

“Referring to the six difficult and nine easy acts,[1] the Daishonin writes: ‘In this age of the Latter Day of the Law, those who ask about the meaning of even one phrase or verse of the Lotus Sutra are far fewer than . . . those who can kick the major world system away like a ball’ (WND-1, 922).
 
“It is more difficult, he is saying, to earnestly seek the Mystic Law than to kick a star system about as if it were a football. If that is so, then how noble is the activity of propagating Buddhism that all of you are engaged in! The Daishonin would surely praise your efforts.

[1] Six difficult and nine easy acts: Comparisons expounded in the “Emergence of the Treasure Tower” (11th) chapter of the Lotus Sutra to teach people how difficult it would be to embrace and propagate the sutra in the Latter Day of the Law. The six difficult acts are to propagate the Lotus Sutra widely, to copy it or cause someone else to copy it, to recite it even for a short while, to teach it even to one person, to hear of and accept the Lotus Sutra and inquire about its meaning, and to maintain faith in it. The nine easy acts include such feats as teaching innumerable sutras other than the Lotus Sutra, walking across a burning prairie carrying a bundle of hay on one’s back without being burned, and kicking a major world system into a different quarter.

* 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–
BUPPO WA KODO DA.
MAZU MIZUKARA GA UGOKO!
KOFU NI HASHIREBA
SEIMEI NI IKIOI GA DERU.
KANKI NO TAIYO GA NOBORU!! 

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“INOCHI KAGIRI ARI OSHIMU BEKARAZU TSUINI NEGAUBEKI WA BUKKOKU NARI”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 955)
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