Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 031815 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Wednesday, Mar 18th, 2015
— TO MY FRIENDS —
Friendships are the treasure of life.
Finding a good friend and being one
encompasses the entire essence of our Buddhist practice.
With a bounce in our gait
let’s try to cultivate and develop people’s
connection to Buddhism.

Wednesday, Mar 18th, 2015
— DAILY GOSHO —
“It also states that, if the minds of living beings are impure, their land is also impure, but if their minds are pure, so is their land. There are not two lands, pure or impure in themselves. The difference lies solely in the good or evil of our minds.”

(On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime
– The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol.1, page 4)
Selection source: Teachings of Buddhism,
Seikyo Shimbun, March 7th, 2015

Thursday, Mar 19th, 2015
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“Mr. Toda often gave the following guidance:

“’A strong prayer to the Gohonzon is certain to be realised. There are three conditions, however: daimoku, daimoku, and more daimoku!’
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“’The power of daimoku is colossal. It can transform a life imbued with painful karma into one that is like strolling in a beautiful garden, or like a pleasant dream.’
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“’If you chant daimoku with wholehearted determination, you will definitely realise benefit. When you chant in earnest, stray thoughts will fade away and you’ll be able to concentrate on succeeding in your efforts for kosen-rufu.’
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“’Firmly resolve not to let yourself be defeated. Fight on, chanting and chanting daimoku. The most important thing is daimoku; it is prayer.’

“Mr. Toda taught us the unerring path of dedicating our lives to kosen-rufu and becoming happy.

“Faith directly connected to Nichiren Daishonin exists within the SGI. The prayer of each member is infused with a vow for the realization of kosen-rufu. We are chanting the daimoku of the Lotus Sutra—the very heart of all the teachings of Buddhism and the eye of all the Buddhas (cf. WND-1, 141)—with unsurpassed faith. Consequently, there is not the slightest doubt that we can overcome all forms of karma and attain a lofty state of life, as if soaring freely through ‘the sky of Tranquil Light’ (cf. WND-1, 821).”

SGI Newsletter No. 9214, Learning from the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin: The Teachings for Victory, [64] “The Daimoku of the Lotus Sutra.” Faith Is the Foundation for Chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, from the July 2014 issue of the Daibyakurenge, translation released 13th 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–
YUJO WA JINSEI NO TAKARA.
YOKI TOMO O MOTSU KOTO WA
BUTSUDO SHUGYO NO SUBETE DA.
SA ASHIDORI KAROYAKA NI
BUTSUEN O HIROGEYO!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“MATA SHUJO NO KOKORO KEGARUREBA DO MO KEGARE KOKORO KIYOKEREBA DO MO KIYOSHI TOTE JODO TO II EDO TO IUMO DO NI FUTATSU NO HEDATE NASHI TADA WARERAGA KOKORO NO ZENAKU NI YORU TO MIETARI”
(Gosho Zenshu page 384)

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