Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 030415 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Wednesday, Mar 4th, 2015
— TO MY FRIENDS —
It’s in the midst of the busiest of times
that we must remember to base everything on daimoku!
It’s based on daimoku
that the great wisdom of value creation is born
and the path towards a glorious and triumphant future unfolds.

Wednesday, Mar 4th, 2015
— DAILY GOSHO —
“I am praying that, no matter how troubled the times may become, the Lotus Sutra and the ten demon daughters will protect all of you, praying as earnestly as though to produce fire from damp wood, or to obtain water from parched ground.”

(On Rebuking Slander of the Law and Eradicating Sins
– The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol. 1, page 444)
Selection source: Teachings of Buddhism,
Seikyo Shimbun, March 4th, 2015

Thursday, Mar 5th, 2015
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“Gandhi declared: “I have travelled all over India as perhaps nobody in the present age has. The voiceless millions of the land saw in me their friend and representative, and I identified myself with them to an extent it was possible for a human being to do. I saw trust in their eyes. . . .” [1]

“Gandhi tirelessly traversed the length and breadth of India. This parallels what we are doing in our respective countries for kosen-rufu. As one human being, Gandhi went into the midst of the people, he personally met with and spoke with them. . . .

“Genuine communication and understanding are formed through personal contact and dialogue. People will place their trust in those whose words are genuine and relevant, and be inspired to work together with those individuals, confident that in doing so they will be able to realise peace and build a better, happier world.

“We have to go out and meet with people firsthand, not keep ourselves aloof and observe their lives from a distance. This was Gandhi’s firm belief. It has also always been the guiding policy of the SGI and the reason why our movement has grown and developed to the extent it has. Let us work always among the people and in society, with positive, joyful and tenacious commitment, based on our resonant daimoku. Unless we actually strive to benefit individuals and society as a whole, our ideals—no matter how lofty—will be nothing more than empty words. Failure will be the only outcome. This applies equally to business and all other areas of social endeavour.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9208, From the 22nd Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting held in Osaka, Japan, on 26th May, 1998. These excerpts were featured in a video of the speech which was shown during the 10th Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting of the New Era of Worldwide Kosen-rufu, held in Kanagawa, on 21st Feb., 2015. The excerpted text appeared in 2nd March, 2015, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, the Soka Gakkai daily newspaper. Translation released 3rd March, 2015

[1] The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi (New Delhi: Publications Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, 1979), vol. 76 (April 1, 1942 – December 17, 1942), p. 391.

* 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–
TABO NO NAKA KOSO
INORI O KONPON TO SEYO!
SOKO NI KACHISOZO NO
IDAI NA CHIE GA UMARE
EIKO E NO MICHI GA HIRAKARERU.

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“IKANARU YO NO MIDARE NIMO ONO-ONO OBA HOKEKYO JURASETSU TASUKE TAMAE TO SHIMERERU KI YORI HI O IDASHI KAWAKERU TSUCHI YORI MIZU O MOKEN GA GOTOKU GOJO NI MOSU NARI”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 1132)

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