Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 012715 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Tuesday, Jan 27th, 2015
— TO MY FRIENDS —
The surest path to a peaceful and flourishing world*
is through one to one dialogue.
Let’s expand the warm brilliance of our friendships
as we spread hope
and encourage people
through our sincere and genuine concern for them!

*Reference to Gosho: Rissho Ankoku, On Establishing the Correct
Teaching for the Peace of the Land, WND Vol.1, page 17.

Tuesday, Jan 27th, 2015
— DAILY GOSHO —
“Or again we may say that our head corresponds to “myo,” our throat to “ho,” our chest to “ren,” our stomach to “ge,” and our legs to “kyo.” Hence this five-foot body of ours constitutes the five characters of Myoho-renge-kyo.”

(Ongi kuden – Gosho Zenshu, 716,
The Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings,
page 28)
Selection source: Myoji no Gen,
Seikyo Shimbun, January 26th, 2015

Wednesday, Jan 28th, 2015
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“…human revolution is opening your eyes wide and looking beyond your ordinary concerns, striving for and dedicating your actions to something higher, deeper, and broader.

“Someone who at first may seem to be a hopeless case can, by achieving a major self-transformation through their Buddhist practice, become an inspiration to countless others.

“Also, times when you are suffering intensely, when you don’t know what to do or which way to turn, can become important opportunities for making great strides in your human revolution.

“If you tend to be easily discouraged, just refresh your determination each time that happens. People who are resolved to see problems as opportunities and keep trying again and again, forging ahead with unflagging optimism, will definitely succeed in their human revolution.

“Our lives as human beings are a complex fabric of many factors—our personalities, habits, karma, and family connections among them—in which we can easily become entangled and unable to free ourselves. People spend their days fussing and fretting about immediate, minor problems, and before they know it, their lives are over. Most end their lives still trapped in the cycle of the six paths, or lower six worlds—that is, the worlds of Hell, Hunger, Animality, Anger, Humanity, and Heaven.

“Human revolution is a revolution in our actions and behaviour. It means to purposefully engage in behaviour that is grounded in compassion, in actions that break free from the cycle of the six paths and bring us to the worlds of Bodhisattva and Buddhahood.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9185, The Wisdom for Creating Happiness and Peace, Part 2: Human Revolution, Chapter 7: What Is Human Revolution? 7.3 Human Revolution—A Concept of Key Importance for the 21st Century. From a speech delivered at a Nagano Prefecture General Meeting, Nagano Training Center, Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, 6th Aug., 1994. From the January 2015 issue of the Daibyakurenge. Translation re-released Jan. 26th, 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–
ITTAI ICHI NO TAIWA KOSO
RISSHO ANKOKU NO DAIDO DA
SHINKEN NI SEIJITSU NI
HAGEMASHI NO KOKORO KAGAYAKU
YUJO NO KOSAI O HIROGEYO!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“WARERAGA KOBE WA MYO NARI NODO WA HO NARI KYO WA REN NARI HARA WA GE
NARI ASHI WA KYO NARI KONO GOSHAKU NO MI MYO HO RENGE KYO NO GOJI
NARI”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 716)

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