Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 121314 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Saturday, Dec 13th, 2014
— TO MY FRIENDS —
The Daishonin encourages us to
be diligent in developing our faith until 
the last moment of our lives.*
The crown of glory and victory 
only shines on the heads of those who “continue”
to challenge themselves.
Let’s continually devote ourselves to achieving kosen-rufu 
until the very last moment of our lives!

*”Letter to Niike” – WND-I, page 11027

Saturday, Dec 13th, 2014
—- DAILY GOSHO —
“The single word ‘identical’ is symbolic of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.”

(Chapter Seven: The Parable of the Phantom City – The Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings, page 72)Selection source: “Myoji no Gen”, Seikyo Shimbun, Dec 13th, 2014

Sunday, Dec 14th, 2014
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“‘Strengthen your resolve [i.e., your faith] more than ever. Ice is made of water, but it is colder than water. Blue dye comes from indigo, but when something is repeatedly dyed in it, the colour is better than that of the indigo plant.’
From “The Supremacy of the Law” (WND-1, 615).
“The essence of faith lies in always striving ‘more than ever.’ In the same letter, while praising the recipient on her dedicated practice thus far, the Daishonin also urges: ‘Now you must strengthen it [your faith] more than ever’ (WND-1, 614).

“When we deepen our prayer and challenge our situation with the resolve that everything starts from now, we can break through all obstacles.
“We practise the Buddhism of true cause. I hope you will greet each new day with fresh courage and continue to forge ahead with ever stronger faith. May you and the entire Soka family become bluer than the indigo!”
SGI Newsletter No. 9135, Living the Gosho: Words of Encouragement from, SGI President Ikeda (2), (39) Advancing with Ever Stronger Faith, from 9th Dec., 2014, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun  translation released 10th Dec. 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–
“HAJIME YORI OWARI MADE
IYOIYO SHINJIN O ITASU BESHI”
“TATAKAI TSUZUKERU HITO” NI
JINSEI NO EIKAN WA KAGAYAKU.
KOFU NO MICHI O HASHIRI NUKE!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“SOKU NO ICHIJI WA NAM-MYOHO-RENGE-KYO NARI”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 732)
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