Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 041815 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Saturday, April 18th, 2015
— TO MY FRIENDS —
Where there is advancement of the people,
there is always a song of people’s determination and joy.
Singing SGI songs with our
most respect-worthy fellow members,
let’s play out inspiring dramas together!

Saturday, April 18th, 2015
— DAILY GOSHO —
“Put into flames, a rock simply turns to ashes, but gold becomes pure gold.”

(Letter to the Brothers
– The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin,
Vol.1, page 497)
Selection Source: SGI President Ikeda’s essay,
Seikyo Shinbun, April 18th, 2015

Sunday, April 19th, 2015
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“The tradition of holding small group discussion meetings dates back to the time of the Soka Gakkai’s founding president, Tsunesaburo Makiguchi.

“Here people speak of what brings them happiness and and how they find meaning in life, as well as such trials as the deaths of family members, illness, financial struggles, difficult work and family situations, the experience of discrimination or prejudice. It is a place of collective recognition of the weight and irreplaceable nature of each individual’s life journey, a place where tears of joy and sadness are freely shared and people are encouraged in the struggle to transform suffering.

“Through such sharing, the speaker develops a clear awareness that any and all experiences were in fact milestones in the formation of their present self, enabling them to use those experiences as fuel for their future progress. For listeners, the shared experience can help bring forth the courage needed to confront their own challenges. This chain reaction of empowerment, based on empathy, is at the heart of our practice of faith.”

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

* 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 —
MINSHU NO ZENSHIN ARU TOKORO
KETSUI TO KANKI NO UTA ARI!
HAMARE NO DOSHI TO
GAKKAIKA O HIBIKASENAGARA
KANGEKI NO GEKI O TOMODOMONI!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“(ISHI WA YAKEBA HAI TO NARU) KOGANE WA YAKEBA SHINKIN TO NARU”
(Gosho Zenshu page 1083)

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