Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 040715 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015
— TO MY FRIENDS —
To the members of the Tokaido region*
proud home of the mighty Mt. Fuji,
king of mountains!
Let’s raise the flag of truth and justice
and let out a resounding lion’s roar!
Together let’s sing the resounding song
of the people!

* Tokaido covers Kanagawa and Shizuoka prefectures

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015
— DAILY GOSHO —
“One who, on hearing the teachings of the Lotus Sutra, makes even greater efforts in faith is a true seeker of the way.”

(Hell Is the Land of Tranquil Light
– The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin,
Volume 1, page 457)
Selection source: Gosho for March,
Seikyo Shimbun, March, 2015

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“‘The fact that [one’s] prayers have gone unanswered is like a strong bow with a weak bowstring, or a fine sword in the hands of a coward. It is in no sense the fault of the Lotus Sutra.’
From “The Royal Palace”
(WND-1, 489).

“Nothing is more powerful than courageous faith. We need to chant with strong and focused determination in the same way that an archer fully draws back the bowstring to shoot at a target. We need to be brave in action, boldly wielding our inner jewelled sword of faith to vanquish devilish functions.

“The SGI is a gathering of intrepid champions. With courage, our admirable members have brought forth the absolute beneficial power of the Mystic Law. That is why we have achieved today’s phenomenal development in worldwide kosen-rufu.

“Let’s chant daimoku and talk with others about our movement, confidently and unhesitatingly. When we strive dauntlessly in faith, the positive functions of the universe will definitely protect us.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9228, Living the Gosho: (53), The SGI Is a Gathering of Intrepid Champions, from 30th March, 2015, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, translation released 30th 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–
OJA NO FUJI O AOGU
HOKORI TAKAKI TOKAIDO YO!
[SEIGI NO HATA] KAKAGE
DODO TARU SHISHIKU O!
MINSHU NO GAIKA O TOMO NI!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“IYOIYO SHINJIN O ITASASE TAMAE, HOKEKYO NO HOMON O KIKU NI TSUKETE, NAONAO SHINJIN OHAGEMU O MAKOTO NO DOSHINSHA TO MOSU NARI”
(Gosho Zenshu Page 1505)

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