Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 112414 SGI-UK/Japan

A translation of President Ikeda’s “Words of the Week”
published in the Seikyo Shimbun and more.

24th – 30th Nov., 2014
— WORDS OF THE WEEK —
Those who confront obstacles head on fear nothing.
When facing a problem, it’s a perfect opportunity
to elevate our life condition.
Let’s not let that opportunity slip us by!
Just as the Daishonin encourages us,
“The wise will rejoice,”*
let’s live each and every day boldly and confidently.
Let’s play out victorious dramas for kosen-rufu
and our own lives.

*”Something uncommon also occurs when an ordinary person attains Buddhahood. At such a time, the three obstacles and four devils will invariably appear, and the wise will rejoice while the foolish will retreat.” –
“The Three Obstacles and Four Devils”, WND-I, page 637

Monday, Nov., 24th, 2014
— DAILY GOSHO —
“At first only Nichiren chanted Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, but then two, three, and a hundred followed, chanting and teaching others. Propagation will unfold this way in the future as well.”

(The True Aspect of All Phenomena – The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 385)
Selection source: The New Human Revolution, Seikyo Shimbun, November 24th, 2014

Tuesday, Nov., 25th, 2014
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“We are noble Bodhisattvas of the Earth who have appeared in this world for the sake of kosen-rufu. Living in a corrupt and troubled age, we have the greatest possible mission to propagate the Buddhist teaching of respect for the dignity of life and dedicate ourselves to the realisation of peace and happiness of all humankind.

“The Japanese word for mission means ‘to use one’s life.’ …Every day that you chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and use your life to work for the welfare of others, the community, and society, you proceed along the most positive path of life in rhythm with the universe.

“No matter what adversities may beset you, you can definitely change poison into medicine and carry out your human revolution. And by transforming karma into mission, you will be able to encourage and help guide many others.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9122, Humanistic Teachings for Victory, Enact a Brilliant Drama of Human Revolution!, The Mystic Law Is the Wellspring of Happiness, from the 20th March, 2013, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, translation released 20th Nov., 2014

* The Japanese kanji is available by clicking on Seikyo Shinbun’s
web-site address at http://www.seikyoonline.jp/news/index.html

–KONSHU NO KOTOBA–
TATAKAU INOCHI NI OSORE NASHI.
KYOGAI KAKUMEI NO TOKI O NOGASUNA.
“KENJA WA YOROKOBI” TO
ICHINICHI ICHINICHI O TSUYOKI DE YUKE!
KOFU TO JINSEI NO SHORI GEKI O!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“NICHIREN ICHININ HAJIMEWA NAM-MYOHO-RENGE-KYO TO TONAESHIGA NININ SANNIN HYAKUNIN TO SHIDAI NI TONAE TSUTAURU NARI MIRAI MO MATA SHIKARU BESHI”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 1360)

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