Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 012215 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Thursday, Jan 22nd, 2015
— TO MY FRIENDS —
It is not a question of “What might happen?”
but one of “What must I do to make it happen?”
It’s from a change of heart within ourselves
that everything starts to move!
May the dawn of a new sun arise in our hearts!

Thursday, Jan 22nd, 2015
— DAILY GOSHO —
“In the end, no one can escape death. The sufferings at that time will be exactly like what we are experiencing now. Since death is the same in either case, you should be willing to offer your life for the Lotus Sutra.”

(The Dragon Gate – The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol.1, page 1003)
Selection source: Kyo no Hosshin, Seikyo Shimbun, January 22nd, 2015

Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“Mr. Toda said: “The more a lion cub is beaten down, the stronger it becomes; the harder it is struck down, the more fiercely it rises up again. In the end, it grows to become a mighty lion king whose roar resounds far and wide. The Soka Gakkai is a lion’s cub.”[1]

“Because Buddhist dialogue is an activity directed towards helping others achieve an inner transformation—a noble endeavour to bring forth the Buddha nature inherent within each individual—it can be extremely arduous. It is also part of our Buddhist practice to vanquish the fundamental darkness or ignorance innate in human beings that stops them from fully believing in the worth and dignity of their lives. That’s why there is no need to rush. Sowing the seeds of the Mystic Law is in itself an act that endows our lives with immeasurable good fortune and unsurpassed benefit. The important thing is to persevere in our efforts, sincerely and patiently.

“We must keep striving with the heart of the lion king and stand up with absolute conviction. When we share our own feelings and experiences in faith based on that foundation, with genuine care and concern for the other person, speaking with confidence and sincerity, the Buddha nature of that person will be activated. Our own Buddha nature will become the cause that draws forth the Buddha nature of others. “The seeds of Buddhahood sprout through causation” (LSOC2, 75 ), as the Lotus Sutra states.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9176, Learning fromof Nichiren Daishonin: The Teachings for Victory, [62] “The One-eyed Turtle and the Floating Log”, Buddhist Dialogue Leads to Inner Transformation for Ourselves and Others. From the April 2014 issue of the Daibyakurenge, translation released 16th Jan. 2015.

[1] From an article in Seikyo Shimbun, September 1, 1952.

* 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–
[DO NARU KA] DEWA NAKU
[DO SURU KA] DA.
JIBUN NO HENKAKU KARA
SUBETE O HAJIMEYO!
KYOCHU NI SHINSEI NO TAIYO O!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“TONIKAKUNI SHI WA ICHIJO NARI SONO TOKI NO NAGEKI WA TOJI NO GOTOSHI) ONAJIKU WA KARINIMO HOKEKYO NO YUE NI INOCHI O SUTEYO”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 1561)

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