Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 032715 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Friday, March 27th, 2015
— TO MY FRIENDS —
Pioneering new horizons for kosen-rufu –
the very mission of Hokkaido,*
where Soka Gakkai’s first three presidents
have such profound ties.
With the momentum of a lion’s ferocity,
let’s all courageously help as many people as possible
to form a connection with this Buddhism!
Let’s adorn this spring with blossoms of benefit and good fortune.

*Hokkaido is the northernmost prefecture of Japan.

Friday, March 27th, 2015
— DAILY GOSHO —
“If in a single moment of life we exhaust the pains and trials of millions of kalpas, then instant after instant there will arise in us the three Buddha bodies with which we are eternally endowed. Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is just such a ‘diligent’ practice.”

(The Essential Passage in Each of the Twenty-eight Chapters of the Lotus Sutra, Emerging from the Earth -The Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings, page 214) Selection source: “Kyo no Hosshin”, Seikyo Shimbun, March 27th, 2015

Saturday, March 28th, 2015
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“Kosen-rufu is the struggle to make compassion the foundation of society and to realise happiness for ourselves and others. It is the struggle to eliminate misery from the world and to build peace.

“Encourage someone today. Impart courage and hope. Always be ready to personally engage in such frontline efforts for kosen-rufu. Wherever you go, ignite the determination to win in people’s hearts and set in motion ripples of courageous action.

“Responding to the rapidly changing times is extremely challenging, but let’s unite solidly in faith and triumph based on faith.

“The determination to confidently carry through with your efforts to the very end is the key to success. May each of you enjoy a beautiful springtime abloom with the brilliant benefit of winning over yourself and winning in society and life.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9221, Dynamically Advancing into the New Era, (9) Triumphing over Obstacles Is a Badge of Honour, from 14th March, 2015, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun translation released 23rd 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–
KOFU KAITAKU KOSO
SANDAIJO HOKKAIDO NO SHIMEI DA
SHISHI FUNJIN NO IKIOI DE
ISANDE BUTSUEN O HIROGEYO!
KUDOKU MANKAI NO HARU O KAZARE!

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