Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 020115 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Sunday, Feb 1st, 2015
— TO MY FRIENDS —
The popular proverb says that “one is the mother of ten thousand.”*
Even the greatest of goals is achieved by taking that first step
right from where we are standing now.
Let’s put forth our very best
so that we can proudly say at the end of each day,
“I have won today!”

*”Conversation between a Sage and an Unenlightened Man” – WND-I, page 130

Sunday, Feb 1st, 2015
— DAILY GOSHO —
“To accept is easy; to continue is difficult. But Buddhahood lies in continuing faith. Those who uphold this sutra should be prepared to meet difficulties.”

(The Difficulty of Sustaining Faith – The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 471)
Selection source: “Kyo no Hosshin”, Seikyo Shimbun, February 1st, 2015

Monday, Feb 2nd, 2015
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“Truly wise individuals can create value under any circumstances.

“Buddhism teaches that ‘the mind is like a skilled painter’ (WND-1, 226). It can freely depict anything. Life itself is a great painting depicted by our minds. It is a work of art created by our minds.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9185, The Wisdom for Creating Happiness and Peace, Part 2: Human Revolution, Chapter 7: What Is Human Revolution? 7.7 We Transform Our Lives in Working with Others and in Adversity. From a speech delivered at the 6th Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting, December 16, 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 —
“ICHI WA MANGA HAHA” DA.
DAIMOKUHYO NO TASSEI MO
ASHIMOTO NO IPPO KARA.
“WATASHI WA KATTA!” TO
MUNE O HARERU ICHINICHI O!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“UKURUWA YASUKU TAMOTSUWA KATASHI SARU AIDA JOBUTSU WA TAMOTSU NI ARI KONO KYO O
TAMOTAN HITOWA NAN NI AUBESHI TO KOKOROETE TAMOTSUNARI”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 1136)

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