Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 013015 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Friday, Jan 30th, 2015
— TO MY FRIENDS —
Let’s give our all in encouraging
those members who are not able
to attend meetings for various different reasons.
Every single person is important
with a unique and noble mission for kosen-rufu.
Let’s support each other so that all of us,
leaving no one behind,
can become a champion in life!

Friday, Jan 30th, 2015
— DAILY GOSHO —
“However, even a stranger, if you open up your heart to him, may be willing to lay down his life for you.”

(On Rebuking Slander of the Law and Eradicating Sins
– The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 444)
Selection source:
“Suntetsu”, Seikyo Shimbun,
January 30th, 2015

Saturday, Jan 31st, 2015
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“Living beings and their environments are not separate. They are one and indivisible. This is the source of the principle that the transformation of the individual leads to the transformation of the land and society.

“From the Buddhist perspective of the true aspect of all phenomena, all the many and varied phenomena of the universe are a single living entity. Happiness for the individual alone is impossible, and peace in terms of the environment alone is impossible. There can be no happiness exclusively for the self, nor unhappiness exclusively for others. The happier we make others, the happier we are, and as long as a single miserable person exists, our own happiness cannot be complete. This is the meaning of the true aspect of all phenomena. Hence, the heart of this teaching is a never-ending effort to transform reality.

“Describing his motivation for composing the treatise ‘On Establishing the Correct Teaching for the Peace of the Land,’ Nichiren Daishonin writes: ‘I say all this solely for the sake of the nation, for the sake of the Law, for the sake of others, not for my own sake’ (WND-1, 164). The fiercest storms of persecution could not extinguish the flame of the Daishonin’s passionate commitment to relieve all people of suffering.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9185, The Wisdom for Creating Happiness and Peace, Part 2: Human Revolution, Chapter 7: What Is Human Revolution? 7.6 Human Revolution Is a Never-ending Effort to Transform Reality. The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra, vol. 1, published in Japanese in March 1996. 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–
KAIGO NI SANKA DEKINAI
TOMONI KOSO SAIDAI NO GEKIREI O!
ZEN-IN GA TOTOKI SHIMEI NO JINZAI.
HITORIMO MORENAKU
JINSEI NO DAISHORISHA NI!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“TANIN NAREDOMO KATARAINUREBA INOCHI NIMO KAWARU ZOKASHI”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 1132)

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