Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 030115 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Sunday, Mar 1st, 2015
— TO MY FRIENDS —
Ah, at last March is here!
With the spirit of,
“Now, more than ever,”
let’s get out and about and converse with others!
Brimming with vibrant life force,
let’s expand that solidarity of happiness.

Sunday, Mar 1st, 2015
— DAILY GOSHO —
“A blue fly, if it clings to the tail of a thoroughbred horse, can travel ten thousand miles, and the green ivy that twines around the tall pine can grow to a thousand feet.”

(On Establishing the Correct Teaching for the Peace of the Land
– The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol. 1, page 17)
Selection source: “Kyo no Hosshin”,
Seikyo Shimbun, Mar 1st, 2015

Monday, Mar 2nd, 2015
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —–
“The Daishonin calls out to his disciple: ‘Be spoken of by all the people of Kamakura, both high and low, or by all the people of Japan, as “Shijo Kingo, Shijo Kingo of the Lotus school!”‘ (WND-1, 319).

“He tells Kingo to become a person who is praised throughout the land as ‘Shijo Kingo of the Lotus school’—in other words, as Nichiren Daishonin’s disciple, Shijo Kingo.

“It is vital that we put Buddhism into practice in our lives and in society. To be genuine practitioners of Nichiren Buddhism, it is essential that we demonstrate proof of our absolute victory based on faith and win the praise and recognition of others.

“The Daishonin’s encouragement to gain renown as ‘Shijo Kingo of the Lotus school,’ is an eternal guideline for us all—one that we SGI members have engraved in our hearts and continued to live by, thus showing irrefutable proof of the power of the Mystic Law in our lives. There is no more noble or wonderful way of life than this.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9201, Learning from the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin: The Teachings for Victory, [63] “Earthly Desires Are Enlightenment,” Establishing a State of Absolute Happiness, from 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–
SA YAYOI SANGATSU!
IYOIYO NO KOKOROIKI DE
TAIWA E TOBIDASO.
WAGA SEIMEI O YAKUDO SASE
KOFUKU NO “scrum” O KAKUDAI!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“SOYO KIBINI FUSHITE BANRI O WATARI HEKIRA SHOTO NI KAKARITE SENJIN O NOBU”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 26)

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