Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 113014 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Sunday, Nov 30th, 2014
— TO MY FRIENDS —
If we try to talk to others
our circle of friends naturally develops and expands.
Every time when we speak with honest concern and a caring attitude,
the trust between us and others becomes stronger and deeper.
Let’s take a courageous step forward 
and get involved where the action is
promoting dialogue wherever we can with others!

Sunday, Nov 30th, 2014
— DAILY GOSHO —
“Although I and my disciples may encounter various difficulties, if we do not harbour doubts in our hearts, we will as a matter of course attain Buddhahood. Do not have doubts simply because heaven does not lend you protection. Do not be discouraged because you do not enjoy an easy and secure  existence in this life.”

(The Opening of the Eyes- The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol 1, Page 283) 

Selection source: “Kyo no Hosshin”, Seikyo Shimbun, November 30th, 2014

Monday, Dec 1st, 2014
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“’Though I may be a person of little ability, I have reverently given myself to the study of the Mahayana. A blue fly, if it clings to the tail of a thoroughbred horse, can travel ten thousand miles, and the green ivy that twines around the tall pine can grow to a thousand feet.’

From “On Establishing the Correct Teaching for the Peace of the Land” (WND-1, 17).

“The renowned British historian Arnold J. Toynbee was among those sought to learn from the profound insights of Mahayana Buddhism.

“What wondrous karmic connections we must possess to have the fortune to study the essence of Mahayana Buddhism!

“Embracing the eternal teaching of respect for the dignity of life, we can attain a boundless state of eternal happiness.

“Based on the Daishonin’s unsurpassed principle of ‘establishing the correct teaching for the peace of the land,’ we can build an unsurpassed network for peace.

“By practicing the world’s foremost philosophy, we can advance serenely, covering vast distances.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9125, Living the Gosho: Words of Encouragement from SGI President Ikeda (2), (36) The Pride of Studying the World’s Foremost Philosophy, from 21st Nov., 2014, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun translation released 28th 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–
SEIJITSU NI KATAREBA
YUJO GA HIROGARU.
SHINKEN NI HANASEBA
SHINRAI GA FUKAMARU
ISANDE TAIWA NO SAIZENSEN E!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“WARE NARABINI WAGA DESHI SHONAN ARITOMO UTAGAU KOKORO NAKUBA JINEN NI BUKKAI NI ITARU BESHI TEN NO KAGO NAKI KOTO O UTAGAWAZARE GENSE NO ANNON NARAZARU KOTO O NAGEKAZARE
(Gosho Zenshu, page 234)

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