Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 012915 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Thursday, Jan 29th, 2015
— TO MY FRIENDS —
Nichiren Daishonin assures us that
“Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is like the roar of a lion.”
By chanting powerful daimoku,
let’s banish the devil of sickness from our lives!
And let’s relentlessly change poison into medicine!

* “Believe in this mandala with all your heart. Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is like the roar of a lion. What sickness can therefore be an obstacle?”
(Gosho: Reply to Kyō’ō WND-1, pg 412)

Thursday, Jan 29th, 2015
— DAILY GOSHO —
“Strengthen your resolve more than ever. Ice is made of water, but it is colder than water. Blue dye comes from indigo, but when something is repeatedly dyed in it, the colour is better than that of the indigo plant. The Lotus Sutra remains the same, but if you repeatedly strengthen your resolve, your colour will be better than that of others, and you will receive more blessings than they do.”

(The Supremacy of the Law
– The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 615)
Selection source:
Teachings of Buddhism, Seikyo Shimbun,
January 13th, 2015

Friday, Jan 30th, 2015
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“Many Gakkai members began to practice Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism because they were suffering from illness, financial troubles, family problems, or other personal difficulties. In other words, they started practising for their own sakes. But the Daishonin writes: ‘You must not only persevere yourself; you must also teach others’ (WND-1, 386). In addition to striving in faith ourselves, he says, it is important that we also help others do the same. Basically, it is by working for kosen-rufu out of a wish for the happiness of others that we ourselves become truly happy. This is the fusion of practice for self and practice for others. Our own struggles and earthly desires become the driving force for the ultimate bodhisattva practice that is kosen-rufu.

“As we do our best for the welfare of others, we break out of our narrow lesser self that is focused only on personal concerns, and gradually expand and elevate our life state. The commitment to others’ well-being is what propels us to transform our life state and carry out our human revolution.

“The lives of Soka Gakkai members, who pray wholeheartedly for the happiness of their friends and earnestly share the Daishonin’s teachings with others, brim with joy, courage, and hope. Though we may be struggling with various health, financial, or other problems, we can overcome them confidently, like an accomplished surfer who enjoys riding big waves.

“The true great benefit of faith is this fundamental inner transformation and human revolution. According to the principle of the oneness of life and its environment, when our life state changes, we are able to change our environment as well, and thereby solve all of our problems.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9185, The Wisdom for Creating Happiness and Peace, Part 2: Human Revolution, Chapter 7: What Is Human Revolution? 7.5 The True Benefit of Faith Is Human Revolution. Adapted from The New Human Revolution, volume 19, “Rainbow of Hope” published in Japanese in November 2008. 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–
[NAM MYO HO RENGE KYO WA
SHISHI KU NO GOTOSHI]
GOJO NARU INORI DE
BYOMA O UCHIYABURE!
DANJITE HENDOKU IYAKU O!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“IYOIYO GOJO NO ONKOKOROZASHI ARUBESHI KORI WA MIZUYORI IDETAREDOMO
MIZU YORIMO SUSAMAJI AOKI KOTO WA AI YORI IDETAREDOMO KASANUREBA
AIYORIMO IRO MASARU ONAJI HOKEKYO NITEWA OWASUREDOMO KOKOROZASHI O
KASANUREBA TANIN YORIMO IRO MASARI RISHO MO ARUBEKINARI”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 1221)

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