Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 031915 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Thursday, March 19th, 2015
— TO MY FRIENDS —
A person who is wholeheartedly dedicated to their practice
never feels deadlocked.
Let’s strengthen our faith even more each day
and take another step towards our human revolution!
Hope abounds in our hearts.

Thursday, March 19th, 2015
— DAILY GOSHO —
“In the K’un-lun Mountains, there are no stones, and in the Mount Minobu area, no salt. In a place where there are no stones, stones are more valuable than gems, and in a place where there is no salt, salt is more precious than rice.”

(Gosho: The Story of Ōhashi no Tarō,
The Writings of Nichiren, Volume I, page 675)
Selection source: Kyo no Hosshin,
Seikyo Shimbun, March 19th, 2015

Friday, March 20th, 2015
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“’What could any of you have to lament? Even if you are not the Venerable Mahakashyapa, you should all perform a dance. Even if you are not Shariputra, you should leap up and dance. When Bodhisattva Superior Practices emerged from the earth, did he not emerge dancing?
– From “Great Evil and Great Good” (WND-1, 1119).

This is a passage from Nichiren Daishonin’s writings that I engraved in my heart, together with my dear Kansai members who strove alongside me during the Osaka Campaign of 1956. Performing a spectacular dance of courage and unity, determined to transform even the most negative situation into something positive, we achieved unprecedented growth and victory for our movement.

“We are Bodhisattvas of the Earth who have emerged with a vow to realise the goal of kosen-rufu. Every one of us has a unique and precious leading role to play in this endeavour. A life brimming with this exhilarating joy is unstoppable. Let’s tap our inherent power as Bodhisattvas of the Earth and bring it to flow forth vibrantly in the places of our mission. Let’s make a fresh start!”

SGI Newsletter No. 9215
Living the Gosho: Words of Encouragement from SGI President Ikeda (2), (51) Let’s Make a Fresh Start with Courage and Joy, from 13th March, 2015, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun translation released 16th 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–
SHINJIN NI TESSURU HITO NI
IKIZUMARI WA NAI.
HIBI [TSUYORU KOKORO] DE
HENKAKU NO IPPO O FUMIDASE!
KIBO WA WAGA KYOCHU NI ARI!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“KONRONZAN NI WA ISHI NASHI, MINOBU NO TAKE NIWA SHIO NASHI. ISHINAKI
TOKORO NI WA, TAMA YORIMO, ISHI SUGURETARI, SHIO NAKI TOKORO NI WA,
SHIO, KOME NIMO SUGURETE SORO”
(Gosho Zenshu pg 1531)

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