Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 123114

* We have another press holiday for Seikyo Newspaper staff today so there is no “To My Friends.” Back in the saddle with that tomorrow! In the mean time here is Daily Gosho Encouragement! …Happy New Year everyone!

Wednesday, Dec 31st, 2014
“This saha world is a land in which one gains the way through the faculty of hearing.”

(The Doctrine of Three Thousand Realms in a Single Moment of Life –
The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol.2, page 87)
Selection Source: Editorial, Seikyo Shinbun, December 30th, 2014

Thursday, January 1st, 2015
“To begin the year with a new, revitalised spirit, to move forwards with the fresh vitality of New Year’s Day each and every day—surely this is a universal wish.

“’Each day comes to me with both hands full of possibilities,'[1] wrote Helen Keller (1880–1968), who refused to let her disabilities stand in the way of contributing to society.

“As members of the SGI, endowed with ‘great good fortune from past existences’ (LSOC27, 356), we have been able to take faith in the Mystic Law in this lifetime. With the sound of our voices chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, we make the sun of time without beginning rise in our hearts each day and each year, revitalising our lives.

“Nichiren Daishonin writes: ‘Myo [of myoho, the Mystic Law] means to revive, that is, to return to life’ (WND-1, 149). The practice of chanting daimoku is the ultimate source of youthfulness and limitless vitality.

“The daimoku that we chant as Bodhisattvas of the Earth constitutes prayer infused with a deep vow and commitment. It is not a weak, imploring plea for something. It is a lion’s roar that reverberates with all of our being, and is powered by making a personal vow, setting our minds on realising it, and aligning our lives with the fundamental law of the universe. There is no force stronger or more sublime.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9142, The Fearless Lion’s Roar of Daimoku、from the January edition of the Daibyaku Renge editorial, translation released 16th Dec., 2014

[1] Helen Keller, My Religion (Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Page and Company, 1927),

p. 49.

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(Gosho Zenshu page 415)


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