Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 122414 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Wednesday, Dec  24th, 2014
— TO MY FRIENDS —
The first debt of gratitude in Buddhism is
“the debt of gratitude to be paid to one’s father and mother.”*
May our youth members shine
as they repay their debt of gratitude to their parents!
Doing so is the most admirable proof for all human beings
of the profound growth we have made.

* Gosho, The Four Virtues and the Four Debts of Gratitude,
WND-2, page 636:
“Next, the four debts of gratitude of Buddhism are
(1) the debt of gratitude to be paid to one’s father and mother;
(2) the debt of gratitude to be paid to the ruler of the nation;
(3) the debt of gratitude to be paid to all living beings;
and (4) the debt of gratitude to be paid to the three treasures
[The Buddha, the Law and the Order].”

Wednesday, Dec  24th, 2014
— DAILY GOSHO —
“Words echo the thoughts of the mind and find expression through the voice.”

(The Unanimous Declaration by the Buddhas of the Three Existences regarding the Classification of the Teachings and Which Are to be Abandoned and Which Upheld
– The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol. 2, page 843)
Selection source: “Together with the Gosho, President Ikeda’s encouragement series”, Seikyo Shimbun, Dec 11th, 2014

Thursday, Dec 25th, 2014
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“Even if you have a hard time studying, or can’t find a subject that interests you, if you decide to take up one thing and challenge yourself patiently, you’ll surely begin to understand what is being taught. Then, studying hard actually becomes fun.

“Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, first Soka Gakkai president and founder of Soka education, said: ‘Learning is a light.’ Your eagerness to learn will illuminate everything like the morning sun.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9160, Rainbow of Hope—Great Figures of the World, [3] Yukichi Fukuzawa, Founder of Keio University: Study Hard — Those Who Study Are Truly Great, from 1st June, 2014, issue of Boys and Girls Hope News, the Soka Gakkai monthly newspaper for the boys and girls division  translation released 22nd 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–
[BUKKYO NO SHION TO WA
ICHI NI FUBO NO ON]
SEINEN WA OYAKOKO DE HIKARE!
SOREGA NINGEN TOSHITE NO
IDAI NA SEICHO NO AKASHI DA.

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“KOTOBA TO IU WA KOKORO NO OMOI O HIBIKASHITE KOE O ARAWASU O IU NARI”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 563)

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