Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 022115 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Saturday, Feb 21st, 2015
— TO MY FRIENDS —
Our deepest appreciation and gratitude
to our ladies of kosen-rufu
who are always spreading hope in the local community.
Today yet again, may our women and young women of the SGI
keep safety as their top priority as we conduct our activities,
and advance cheerfully and harmoniously
on good terms with each other!

Saturday, Feb 21st, 2015
— DAILY GOSHO —
“Those who believe in the Lotus Sutra are as if in winter, but winter always turns to spring. Never, from ancient times on, has anyone heard or seen of winter turning back to autumn. Nor have we ever heard of a believer in the Lotus Sutra who turned into an ordinary person. The sutra reads, ‘If there are those who hear the Law, then not a one will fail to attain Buddhahood.’”

(Winter Always Turns to Spring
– The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol. 1, page 536)
Selection source: President Ikeda’s Essay,
Seikyo Shimbun, Feb 13th, 2015

Sunday, Feb 22nd, 2015
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“Everyone inherently possesses the Buddha nature, which is the cause for attaining Buddhahood. But shrouded in delusion arising from innate darkness or ignorance, we ordinary people fail to bring forth that inner brilliance.

“When those who embrace the Mystic Law ‘sow the seed of Buddhahood’—that is, talk about Nam-myoho-renge-kyo with others and plant the seed for enlightenment in their hearts—they touch people’s lives and awaken the Buddha nature within them.

“In this way, the Daishonin established chanting and propagating the seven characters of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo—a practice for oneself and for others—as the method of practice for attaining Buddhahood in the Latter Day of the Law. There is no need to read or recite all the difficult-to-understand Buddhist scriptures or to master countless teachings. All we need to do is chant the seven characters of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. Nichiren Buddhism is a teaching that all people can practise into the eternal future of the Latter Day of the Law.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9201, Learning from the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin: The Teachings for Victory, [63] “Earthly Desires Are Enlightenment,” Nam-myoho-renge-kyo Is the Fundamental Law for Attaining Buddhahood, from the June 2014 issue of the Daibyakurenge, translation released 18th 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–
CHIKI NI KIBO O OKURU
KOFU NO JOSEI NI SAIKEIREI!
FUJUNBU, JOSHIBU NO MINASAMA
KYO MO MUJIKO DAIICHI DE
NAKAYOKU HOGARAKANI ZENSHIN O!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
HOKEKYO O SHINZURU HITOWA FUYUNO GOSOHI FUYUWA KANARAZU HARUTO NARU
IMADA MUKASHIYORI KITAZU MIZU FUYU NO AKI TO KAERERU KOTO O IMADA
KIKAZUHOKEKYO O SHINZURU HITO NO BOMPU TO NARU KOTO O KYOMON NIWA
NYAKU U MOMPOSHA MUICHI FUJOBUTSU TO TOKARETE SORO”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 1253)

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