Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 031315 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Friday, March 13th, 2015
— TO MY FRIENDS —
The sorrow that we might be experiencing at this time
will become loving kindness for others.
The problem that we might be facing right now
will definitely change into wisdom.
Those who encounter the greatest suffering
will ultimately lead the happiest of lives.
That is the power and effect of the Buddhism we practise!

Friday, March 13th, 2015
— DAILY GOSHO —
”Suffer what there is to suffer, enjoy what there is to enjoy. Regard both suffering and joy as facts of life, and continue chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, no matter what happens. How could this be anything other than the boundless joy of the Law? Strengthen your power of faith more than ever.”

(Happiness in This World
– The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol.1, page 681)
Selection source: Kyo no Hosshin,
Seikyo Shimbun, March 13th, 2015

Saturday, March 14th, 2015
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“We may encounter all kinds of problems in the course of life. There will also undoubtedly be times when we are faced with circumstances beyond our control.

“But why is it that, in the same situation, one person advances vibrantly, while another sorrows and laments? It is because happiness is an internal condition, something we feel in our hearts.

“If we can live our lives with joy, if we enjoy living, then we are winners. That’s why transforming our hearts and minds is so important. This is the essence of Nichiren Buddhism.

“External appearances are not what matter. There are many people whose circumstances are the envy of others, but who are actually very unhappy.

“Those with strong, wise, resilient, and generous hearts remain upbeat and positive, no matter what happens.

“‘It is the heart that is important’ (WND-1, 1000), writes the Daishonin. This is the foundation for happiness—a foundation we establish through the Mystic Law.

SGI Newsletter No. 9211, The Wisdom for Creating Happiness and Peace, Part 2: Human Revolution, Chap. 8: “It Is the Heart That Is Important”, 8.2 The Key to Happiness Is Inner Transformation, translated from the February 2015 issue of the Daibyakurenge, translation released 6th March, 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–
KANASHIMI WA YASASHISA NI
NAYAMI WA CHIE NI KAWARU.
ICHIBAN KURUSHINDA HITO GA
ICHIBAN SHIAWASE NI NARU.
SOREGA WARERA NO BUPPO DA!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“KU OBA KUTO SATORI RAKU OBA RAKU TO HIRAKI KURAKU TOMONI OMOI AWASETE
NAM-MYOHO-RENGE-KYO TO UCHITONAE ESASETAMAE KORE ANI JIJU HORAKU NI
ARAZUYA IYOIYO GOJO NO SHINRIKI O ITASHITAMAE”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 1143)

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