Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 011215 SGI-UK/Japan

A translation of President Ikeda’s “Words of the Week”
published in the Seikyo Shinbun and more

January 12th-18th, 2015
— WORDS OF THE WEEK —
Let’s warmly encourage and cheer on
all of our Young Women’s Division members
towards the great success of their General Meetings*.
Thank you Women’s Division members,
for all your kind and generous support in their activities.
May each and every one of our treasured Kayo sisters
be adorned with blossoms of happiness without exception!

*During this January throughout Japan, Soka Gakkai Young Women’s Division members are holding general meetings in each chapter or headquarters.

Monday, January 12th, 2015
— DAILY GOSHO —
“It must be ties of karma from the distant past that have destined you to become my disciple at a time like this. Shakyamuni and Many Treasures certainly realised this truth. The sutra’s statement, ‘Those persons who had heard the Law dwelled here and there in various Buddha lands, constantly reborn in company with their teachers,’ cannot be false in any way.”

(The Heritage of the Ultimate Law of Life -The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol.I, page 217) Selection source: “Kyo no Hosshin”, Seikyo Shimbun, January 12th, 2015

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“As a young man, second Soka Gakkai president Josei Toda lost an infant daughter. Many years later, when encouraging someone who had lost a child and asked him whether it would be possible to forge a parent-child relationship with that child again in this lifetime, he said:

“‘I lost my infant daughter Yasuyo when I was 23. I held my dead child all through the night. At the time, not yet having taken faith in the Gohonzon, I was overcome with grief and fell asleep with her in my arms.

“‘And so we parted, and now I am 58. Since she was three when she died, she would now be a fine woman had she lived. Have I or have I not met my deceased daughter again in this life? This is a matter of one’s own perception arising from faith. I believe that I have met her. Whether one is united with a deceased relative in this life or the next is all a matter of one’s perception through faith.'[1]

“After Mr. Toda lost his daughter, his wife also passed away. He grieved terribly over their deaths, but he said that because he had experienced such personal loss and various other kinds of hardships he was able to encourage many others and to be a leader of the people who could understand their feelings.

“Everything that happens in life has meaning. If you press ahead undefeated, through the sadness, the pain, and the feeling you can’t go on, the time will come when you see its meaning. That’s the power of faith, and the essence of life.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9165, The Wisdom for Creating Happiness and Peace, Part 1: Happiness, Chapter 6: Facing the All-Important Questions of Life and Death—Part 2 [of 2], 6.9 Ties Based on the Mystic Law Are Eternal, from the December 2014 issue of the Daibyakurenge, translation released 28th Dec. 2014

[1] Translated from Japanese. Josei Toda, Toda Josei Zenshu (Collected Writings of Josei Toda) (Tokyo: Seikyo Shimbunsha, 1982), vol. 2, p. 174.

* The Japanese kanji is available by clicking on Seikyo Shinbun’s web-site address at http://www.seikyoonline.jp/news/index.html

–KONSHU NO KOTOBA–
JOSHIBU NO “Roman” SOKAI NI
ATATAKANA “yell” O!
FUJINBU NO O-EN NI KANSHA.
TAKARA NO KAYO SHIMAI NI
HITORIMO MORENAKU SACHI KAORE!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“KAKO NO SHUKUEN OIKITATTE KONDO NICHIRENGA DESHI TO NARI TAMAUKA SHAKA TAHO KOSO GOZONJI SORORAME ZAIZAI SHOBUTSUDO JOYO SHIGUSHO”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 1338)

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