Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 012315 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
— TO MY FRIENDS —
All of our struggles that we are experiencing right now
are certain to become priceless treasures in our lives.
Therefore, never ever give up!
To ensure all that dynamic progress ahead of us,
let’s try to cultivate and polish our hearts and minds
in the midst of the challenges we face!

Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
— DAILY GOSHO —
“Concerning prayer, there are conspicuous prayer and conspicuous response, conspicuous prayer and inconspicuous response, inconspicuous prayer and inconspicuous response, and inconspicuous prayer and conspicuous response. But the only essential point is that, if you believe in this sutra, all your desires will be fulfilled in both the present and the future.”

(Letter to the Lay Priest Dōmyō
– The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin,
Vol.1, page 750)
Selection source: SGI President Ikeda’s guidance,
Seikyo Shimbun, January 23rd, 2015

Saturday, Jan 24th, 2015
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“Mr. Toda said that we should share Buddhism with others in a gentle manner. Gentleness is different, of course, from weakness. Speak calmly, confidently, and clearly. That on its own is outstanding Buddhist dialogue. Simply by your own shining example of embodying the teachings of Nichiren Buddhism in your life, you can sow the seeds of Buddhism in others’ hearts.

“Compassion is the foundation of sharing Buddhism. This is also something Mr. Toda said: ‘The Daishonin’s persuasiveness is not just ordinary persuasiveness. It is persuasiveness deriving from compassion. That’s what makes it so great. We cannot hope to compare with the Daishonin, but let’s strive with persistence and use logical arguments to convince others.’

“We can substitute courage for compassion. That was also Mr. Toda’s wise observation.

“When we rouse our courage to draw forth the heart of the lion king from within ourselves and speak out confidently, we can awaken the heart of the lion king within others.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9176, Learning from The Writings of 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.

* 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–
IMANO “ROKU” WA
JINSEI NO “TAKARA” NI NARU.
YUENI MAKERUNA!
MIRAI NO HIYAKU O KISHITE
CHOSEN NO NAKA DE KOKORO O MIGAKE!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“KITO NI OITEWA KENKI KENNO KENKI MYO-O MYOKI MYO-O MYOKI KENNO NO KITO ARITO IEDOMO TADA KANYOWA KONO KYO NO SHINJIN O ITASHI TAMAI SORAWABA GENTO NO SHOGAN MANZOKU ARUBEKU SORO”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 1242)

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