Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 122614 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Friday, Dec 26th, 2014
— TO MY FRIENDS —
By looking back on how we did this year,
let’s start setting fresh new goals for the next year.
It’s important that our spirit always be
that the stage on which we stand in our lives
is the one on which things are just about to begin!
Together, let’s create new dynamic developments!

Friday, Dec 26th, 2014
— DAILY GOSHO —
“All the characters in which the Lotus Sutra is written represent living Buddhas. But because we have the eyes of common mortals, we see them as characters.”

(Letter to Hōren – The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol. I, page 517)
Selection Source: SGI President Ikeda’s message, Seikyo Shimbun, Dec 26th, 2014

Saturday, Dec 27th, 2014
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“Faith in the Mystic Law is the engine that will propel you in the direction of happiness.

“Strong faith enables you to strengthen your life force and gain indestructible happiness, no matter what happens. It empowers you to achieve victory in life without fail and to lead your family and descendants towards happiness.

“It is important that you ‘[pray] as earnestly as though to produce fire from damp wood, or to obtain water from parched ground’ (WND-1, 444), and also ‘pray intently that Shakyamuni, Many Treasures, and the Buddhas of the ten directions will all gather and enter into your body to assist you’ (WND-1, 829).

“The essence of faith is to summon within your lives the protective functions of the universe so that you can display the power and wisdom of the Buddha.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9163, Humanistic Teachings for Victory, Strong Faith Activates the Protective Functions of the Universe, from 19th June, 2013, issue of the Soka Shimpo, translation released 24th 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–
KONO ICHINEN O FURIKAERI
MYONEN NO MOKUHYO O SADAMEYO!
ITSUMO “KOREKARA” GA
JINSEI NO HONBUTAI DA.
TOMONI ARATANA YAKUSHIN O!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“IMANO HOKEKYO NO MOJI WA MINA SHOSHIN NO HOTOKE NARI WARERA WA NIKUGEN NAREBA MOJI TO MIRUNARI”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 1050)

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