Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 012015 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Tuesday, Jan 20th, 2015
Each time we challenge to overcome a difficult problem
we become increasingly stronger than ever before.
This is the heart and essence of our Buddhist practice.
Those who never allow themselves to succumb to anything,
who never give in,
are, in the end, without fail, victorious!

Tuesday, Jan 20th, 2015
“Life is limited; we must not begrudge it. What we should ultimately aspire to is the Buddha land.”

(Aspiration for the Buddha Land
– The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 214)
Selection source: President Ikeda’s Essay,
Seikyo Shimbun, January 6th, 2015

Wednesday, Jan 21st, 2015
“In a letter to Shijo Kingo, the Daishonin writes:

“’It is rare to be born a human being. The number of those endowed with human life is as small as the amount of earth one can place on a fingernail. Life as a human being is hard to sustain—as hard as it is for the dew to remain on the grass. But it is better to live a single day with honour than to live to 120 and die in disgrace.’ (WND-1, 851; ‘The Three Kinds of Treasure’)

“We have had the rare opportunity to be born as a human being; therefore, every day of our life is truly invaluable. For that reason, the Daishonin teaches us to live each precious day of this limited existence with all our heart and being—working for others, society, and Buddhism, gaining the trust and praise of others, and accumulating the ‘treasures of the heart’ (WND-1, 851).[1]

“There are no greater treasures of the heart than finding answers to the questions of life’s purpose and how best to live our lives; leading a truly fulfilling existence; and, moreover, contributing to the happiness of others and the peace and flourishing of society. Such treasures of the heart are everlasting. The treasures of the body and the treasures of the storehouse are limited to this lifetime, but the treasures of the heart endure eternally throughout the three existences of past, present, and future.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9176, Learning from the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin: The Teachings for Victory, [62] “The One-eyed Turtle and the Floating Log”, The Eternally Indestructible Treasures of the Heart. From the April 2014 issue of the Daibyakurenge, translation released 16th Jan. 2015.

[1] In a letter to Shijo Kingo, the Daishonin writes: “Live so that all the people of Kamakura will say in your praise that Nakatsukasa Saburo Saemon-no-jo [Shijo Kingo] is diligent in the service of his lord, in the service of Buddhism, and in his concern for other people. More valuable than treasures in a storehouse are the treasures of the body, and the treasures of the heart are the most valuable of all. From the time you read this letter on, strive to accumulate the treasures of the heart!” (WND-1, 851).

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