Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 021815 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Wednesday, Feb 18th, 2015
— TO MY FRIENDS —
Seemingly small matters are important.
Let’s act with lightening speed and seriousness
in particular to reports from fellow members
or when someone seeks advice!
The accumulation of such concern and actions
becomes the propelling force for enormous growth.

Wednesday, Feb 18th, 2015
— DAILY GOSHO —
“Think of those thousand Buddhas extending their hands to all of Nichiren’s disciples and lay supporters who chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo as melons or moonflowers extending their slender vines.”

The Heritage of the Ultimate Law of Life
– The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol.1, page 217)
Selection source: “Kyo no Hosshin”,
Seikyo Shimbun, February 18th, 2015

Thursday, Feb 19th, 2015
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“Nichiren Daishonin expressed his keen insight into the workings of life as follows: ‘The fundamental nature of enlightenment [or Dharma nature] manifests itself as Brahma and Shakra [the protective workings of the universe]’ (WND-1, 1113).

“If you allow your determination to falter when you find yourself facing unexpected obstacles, your life will be shrouded by fundamental darkness and you’ll be defeated by devilish functions.

“But by chanting the lion’s roar of daimoku and bravely challenging yourself true to your vow for kosen-rufu, the fundamental nature of enlightenment, or Dharma nature, inherent within you will shine with increasing brilliance. You will be able to activate and bring forth the protection of Brahma, Shakra, and the other benevolent forces of the universe, defeating negative functions and transforming them into positive forces.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9199, The Song of Human Victory, Adorning the Soka Gakkai’s Founding Month with Practice and Study, from 15th Nov., 2014, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, translation released 12th Feb. 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 —
SHOJI GA DAIJI DA.
HOKOKU YA SODAN NI WA
JINSOKU, SEIJITSU NA TAIO O!
SONO TSUMIKASANE GA
DAIHATTEN NO GENDORYOKU TO NARU.

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“IMA NICHIREN GA DESHI DANNA TO, NAM MYOHO RENGE KYO TO TONAEN HODO NO
MONO WA. SENBUTSU NO MITE O SAZUKE TAMAWAN KOTO, TATOEBA, URI YUKAO NO
TE O DASU GA GOTOSHI TO OMOSHIMESE”
(Gosho Zeshu, pg. 1337)

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