Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 011815 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Sunday, Jan 18th, 2015
— TO MY FRIENDS —
Right, let’s be where people are actively engaged
in encouraging dialogue with others!
While cherishing our close friends,
let’s take some time to develop new friendships.
Starting right where we are in our local community,
let’s help as many people as we can
to form a connection to Buddhism
and expand our network of trust and support!

Sunday, Jan 18th, 2015
— DAILY GOSHO —
“Suffer what there is to suffer, enjoy what there is to enjoy. Regard both suffering and joy as facts of life, and continue chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, no matter what happens. How could this be anything other than the boundless joy of the Law? Strengthen your power of faith more than ever.”

(Happiness in This World
– The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin,
Vol. 1, page 681)
Selection source: “Kyo no Hosshin”,
Seikyo Shimbun, Jan 18th, 2015

Monday, Jan 19th, 2015
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“The causes and effects inherent deep in our lives, the workings of our karma, are strict indeed. That is why, even if we practise Nichiren Buddhism, the manner of our death can occur in any number of ways.

“There may be some who die giving their lives in the struggle to uphold Buddhism, like Mr. Makiguchi who died in prison for his beliefs. There may be some who die young as a result of illness or accidents. But when viewed through the eyes of faith, it all has some extremely profound meaning.

“Those who have dedicated their lives to working for kosen-rufu are Bodhisattvas of the Earth. They are followers of the Buddha. Life is eternal. In light of the teaching of the Mystic Law, such people will absolutely attain Buddhahood. Their surviving family members will also definitely be protected. I state unequivocally that, as long as those left behind continue to persevere in faith, the good fortune and benefit accumulated through their loved ones’ dedication to kosen-rufu will also pass on to them, and they will, without fail, enjoy unsurpassed happiness.”

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], 6.10 Sudden and Untimely Deaths, from the December 2014 issue of the Daibyaku-renge, translation released 28th 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 —
SA TAIWA NO SAIZENSEN E!
MIJIKANA YUJIN O TAISETSU NI
ATARASHII YUJO O HIROGEYO.
WAGA ASHIMOTO NO CHIIKI KARA
BUTSUEN TO SHINRAI O KAKUDAI!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“KU OBA KU TO SATORI RAKU OBA RAKU TO HIRAKI KURAKU TOMONI OMOIAWASETE NAM-MYOHO-RENGE-KYO TO UCHITONAE ISASETAMAE KORE ANI JIJUHORAKU NI ARAZUYA IYOIYO GOJO NO SHINRIKI O ITASHITAMAE”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 1143)

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