Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 020815 SGI-UK/Japan

A translation of President Ikeda’s “Words of the Week”
published in the Seikyo Shimbun and more.

Feb 8th-15th, 2015
— WORDS OF THE WEEK —
“You should always talk with each other.”*
All of our discussion meetings that the SGI holds,
are exactly as taught in the writings of Nichiren Daishonin,
and are the very source of our strength.
Let’s have the type of cheerful and vibrant meetings
where everyone can play an active role.
At the same time,
let’s always express our deepest appreciation
to the family of the members
who are so kind to offer their homes for our meetings!

*”You should always talk with each other to free yourselves from the
sufferings of birth and death and attain the pure land of Eagle Peak,
where you will nod to each other and speak in one mind.” –
“Flowering and Bearing Grain”, WND-I, page 909

Sunday, Feb 8th, 2015
— DAILY GOSHO —
“Although I and my disciples may encounter various difficulties, if we do not harbour doubts in our hearts, we will as a matter of course attain Buddhahood. Do not have doubts simply because heaven does not lend you protection. Do not be discouraged because you do not enjoy an easy and secure existence in this life.”

(The Opening of the Eyes – The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol. 1,
page 283) Selection source: “Kyo no Hosshin”, Seikyo Shimbun, Feb 8th, 2015

Monday, Feb 9th, 2015
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“Nothing is more noble than trying to come up with ways to actualise and expand kosen-rufu in our communities. Without such practical efforts, kosen-rufu is just an empty abstraction, a mere ideal.

“Ultimately, the most important thing is to chant daimoku and bring forth your creativity and wisdom in your actual efforts for kosen-rufu. Please take personal responsibility, unite together with your fellow members, and forge on with firm determination.

“Decide to win in the place where you are, chant, rack your brains, and struggle to make kosen-rufu advance in your community. That’s the mark of a real champion. The heavenly deities will not fail to protect such a person.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9197, Humanistic Teachings for Victory, Blaze New Trails Where None Have Existed Before, Make the New Era Begin in Your Own Community, from 16th Oct., 2013, issue of the Soka Shimpo, translation released 5th Feb., 2015

* The Japanese kanji is available by clicking on Seikyo Shinbun’s web-site address at http://www.seikyoonline.jp/news/index.html

— KONSHU NO KOTOBA —
“TAGAINI TSUNENI KATARIAE”
GOSHO NO TORINO ZADANKAI KOSO
WARERA NO CHIKARA NO GENSEN NARI.
MINAGA SHUYAKU DE KAIKATSU NI!
KAIJO NO GOKAZOKU NI SHINSHA O.

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“WARE NARABINI WAGA DESHI SHONAN ARITOMO UTAGAU KOKORO NAKUBA JINENNI BUKKAI
NI ITARU BESHI TEN NO KAGO NAKI KOTO O UTAGAWAZARE GENSE NO ANNON NARAZARU KOTO O NAGEKAZARE”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 234)
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