Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 120614 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Saturday, Dec 6th, 2014
— TO MY FRIENDS —
The Daishonin encourages us
to “strengthen our faith more than ever.”*
It’s our determination to start anew 
and challenge ourselves even more
that moves the Buddhist gods,
the protective forces of the universe,

to assist us.
Today, too,

let’s advance “more than ever!”

*”That is why the Great Teacher Miao-lo stated, ‘The stronger one’s faith, the greater the protection of the gods.’ So long as one maintains firm faith, one is certain to receive the great protection of the gods. I say this for your sake. I know your faith has always been admirable, but now you must strengthen it more than ever. Only then will the ten demon daughters lend you even greater protection. You need not seek far for an example. Everyone in Japan, from the sovereign on down to the common people, without exception has tried to do me harm, but I have survived until this day. You should realise that this is because, although I am alone, I have firm faith.” – “The Supremacy of the Law”, WND-I, page 614

Saturday, Dec 6th, 2014
— DAILY GOSHO —
“Be resolved to summon forth the great power of faith, and chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo with the prayer that your faith will be steadfast and correct at the moment of death. Never seek any other way to inherit the ultimate Law of life and death, and manifest it in your life.” 

(The Heritage of the Ultimate Law of Life – The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol. 1, page 218)
Selection source: “Kyo no Hosshin”, Seikyo Shimbun, December 6th, 2014

Sunday, Dec 7th, 2014
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“Greater energy and enthusiasm arise when people understand and appreciate the significance of their efforts.”
SGI Newsletter No. 9128, The New Human Revolution––Vol. 27: Chap. 1,Young Shoots 21, 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–
“IMA ICHIJU GOJONI
ONKOKOROZASHI ARUBESHI”
IYOIYO NO KETSUI GA
SHOTEN O UGOKASU!
SA KYOMO ZENSHIN DA!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“AIKAMAETE AIKAMAETE GOJO NO DAISHINRIKI O ITASHITE NAM-MYOHO-RENGE-KYO RINJU SHONEN TO KINEN SHI TAMAE SHOJI ICHIDAIJI NO KETSUMYAKU KOREYORI HOKANI MATTAKU MOTOMURU KOTO NAKARE”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 1338)
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