Happy Kosen Rufu Day //Scobie John /Buddhist Food for Thought 031615 SGI-UK/Japan

A translation of President Ikeda’s “Words of the Week”
published in the Seikyo Shinbun and more

March 16th – 22nd, 2015
— WORDS OF THE WEEK —
A vow has strength.
If we devote ourselves to fulfilling the vow to achieve kosen-rufu,
a path to victory will definitely open up.
From “March 16″* to “May 5″**,
let’s unyieldingly charge ahead towards victory!

*March 16 – Kosen-rufu Day http://www.sgi.org/resource-center/study-materials/the-significance-of-march-16.html
**May 3 – Soka Gakkai Day http://www.sgi.org/resource-center/study-materials/the-significance-of-may-3.html

Monday, March 16th, 2015
— DAILY GOSHO —
“Myō means to revive, that is, to return to life.”

(The Daimoku of the Lotus Sutra
– The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol.1, page 149)
Selection source: “Kyo no Hosshin”,
Seikyo Shimbun, March 16th, 2015

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“To emphasise the extraordinary power of the Mystic Law, the Daishonin writes: ‘If you play a koto [Japanese harp] strung with a lion’s sinews, then all the other kinds of strings will snap. And if you so much as hear the words “pickled plum,” your mouth will begin to water. Even in everyday life there are such wonders, so how much greater are the wonders of the Lotus Sutra!’ (WND-1, 141).

“With regard to the Mystic Law, benefit means wiping out evil and bringing about good (cf. OTT, 148).[1] The daimoku of the Lotus Sutra—Nam-myoho-renge-kyo— eradicates the fundamental evil inherent in life and gives rise to fundamental good. That’s why, by chanting daimoku, we can eliminate all forms of evil karma in an instant and manifest immeasurable good fortune and benefit.

“By chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo a single time, we ordinary, unenlightened beings—plagued by problems, doubts, and suffering—can positively transform our circumstances in accord with the principle of ‘changing poison into medicine'[2] and attain a state of life filled with hope, courage, and peace of mind. To ordinary people, this is truly an astonishing and unfathomable teaching. And because it is the wondrous and mysterious law to which the Buddha became enlightened, it is called the Mystic Law.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9214, Learning from the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin: The Teachings for Victory, [64] “The Daimoku of the Lotus Sutra.” The “Heart” of All the Teachings of Buddhism and the “Eye” of All the Buddhas, from the July 2014 issue of the Daibyakurenge, translation released 13th March, 2015

[1] The Daishonin writes: “The element ku in the word kudoku [benefits] . . . refers to the merit achieved by wiping out evil, while the element toku or doku refers to the virtue one acquires by bringing about good” (OTT, 148).

[2] The principle that earthly desires and suffering can be transformed into benefit and enlightenment by virtue of the power of the Law. This phrase is found in a passage from Nagarjuna’s Treatise on the Great Perfection of Wisdom, which mentions “a great physician who can change poison into medicine.” This phrase is often cited to show that any problem or suffering can be transformed eventually into the greatest happiness and fulfillment in life.

* The Japanese kanji is available by clicking on Seikyo Shinbun’s web-site address
at http://www.seikyoonline.jp/news/index.

— KONSHU NO KOTOBA —
“CHIKAI” WA “CHIKARA” NARI.
KOFU NO SEIGAN NI TESSUREBA
MICHI WA KANARAZU HIRAKERU.
SAN TEN ICHIROKU KARA GO TEN SAN E
DANKO TO SHORI NO DAIKOSEI O!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“MYO TOWA SOSEI NO GI NARI SOSEI TO MOSUWA YOMIGAERU GI NARI”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 947)

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