Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 121414 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Sunday, Dec 14th, 2014
— TO MY FRIENDS —
It’s the power of our strong faith and diligent practice
that enables us, without fail, to manifest 
the powers of the Buddha and the Law within our lives.*
Brimming with the Soka indomitable, unyielding spirit,
let’s win in the challenges we face 
and seize the glory that comes with it!


*four powers: The power of the Buddha, the power of the Law, the power of faith, and the power of practice. In Nichiren’s teachings, the four powers are known as the four powers of the Mystic Law, whose interaction enables one to have one’s prayers answered and attain Buddhahood. The power of the Buddha is the Buddha’s compassion in saving all people. The power of the Law indicates the boundless capacity of the Mystic Law to lead all people to enlightenment. The power of faith is to believe in the Gohonzon, the object of devotion that embodies the power of the Buddha and the power of the Law, and the power of practice is to chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo oneself and teach others to do the same. To the extent that one brings forth one’s powers of faith and practice, one can manifest the powers of the Buddha and the Law within one’s own life.

Sunday, Dec 14th, 2014
— DAILY GOSHO —
“… persons who study the teachings of Buddhism must also [observe the ideal of filial piety and] understand and repay their obligations. The disciples of the Buddha must without fail understand the four debts of gratitude and know how to repay them.”

(The Opening of the Eyes – The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol. 1, page 228) Selection source: “Kyo no Hosshin”, Seikyo Shimbun, Dec 14th, 2014

Monday, Dec 15th, 2014
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“In all things, enjoyment gives rise to the desire to challenge oneself and brings forth the energy for achieving success.”
 
SGI Newsletter No. 9139,The New Human Revolution––Vol. 27: Chap. 1, Young Shoots 31, 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–
GOJONA SHINRIKI GYORIKI NI
MUGEN NO BUTSURIKI HORIKI GA
GENZENTO YUGEN SURU!
SOKA NO MAKEJI DAMASHII DE
WAGA EIKO O TSUKAMI TORE!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“BUPPO O GAKUSEN HITO CHION HO-ON NAKARU BESHIYA BUTSUDESHI WA KANARAZU SHION O SHITTE CHION HO-ON O ITASU BESHI
(Gosho Zenshu, page 192)
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