Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 041515 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
— TO MY FRIENDS —
The rich and invaluable experiences in life
of those in assistant or vice leadership roles
is the driving force behind our efforts for advancing kosen-rufu
On the stage of our respective missions
let’s create a history of no regrets!

Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
— DAILY GOSHO —
“It is said that, if a teacher has a good disciple, both will gain the fruit of Buddhahood, but if a teacher fosters a bad disciple, both will fall into hell.”

(Flowering and Bearing Grain, Vol. 1, page 909)
Selection source:
Young Men’s Division Gosho for March,
Seikyo Shimbun, April 15th, 2015

Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, the founding president of the Soka Gakkai. is recorded as having given the following response to one of the interrogators’ questions:

“’Sometimes people, overly concerned about the opinion of society, satisfy themselves with a way of life in which they do no real good or bad, or in which what good they do is very limited. In extreme cases, this leads to the view that it is acceptable to do anything so long as it is not prohibited by law. I consider all such ways of life a form of slander against the Buddhist dharma.’[i]

“By slander, Makiguchi is referring to actions that run counter to the teachings of Buddhism; but in a more expansive sense, he is encouraging us to reflect on all actions that are not in harmony with the path of humanity.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9229, SGI President Ikeda’s Peace Proposal 2015, A Shared Pledge for a More Humane Future: To Eliminate Misery from the Earth, translation released 1st April, 2015

[i] (trans. from) Makiguchi, Makiguchi Tsunesaburo zenshu, 10:209–10.

* 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–
YUTAKANA KEIKEN O MOTSU
FUKU YAKUSHOKU NO MINASAMA NO KATSUYAKU GA
KOFU ZENSHIN NO CHIKARA DA.
WAGA SHIMEI NO BUTATAI DE
KUI NAKI REKISHI O TUZURE!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“YOKI DESHI O MOTSU TOKINBA SHITEI BUKKA NI ITARI ASHIKI DESHI O
TAKUWAINUREBA SHITEI JIGOKU NI OTSU TO IERI SHITEI SOI SEBA NANIGOTO
MO NASU BEKARAZU”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 900)

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