Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 042515 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Saturday, Apr 25th, 2015
— TO MY FRIENDS —
On the heads of those who continue to advance,
burning with the spirit to fulfill their vows (for kosen-rufu),
the laurels of victory in life certainly shine.
By chanting daimoku and taking action
with indomitable determination,
let’s create a history of outstanding victory and success!

Saturday, Apr 25th, 2015
— DAILY GOSHO —
“I will be the pillar of Japan. I will be the eyes of Japan. I will be the great ship of Japan. This is my vow, and I will never forsake it!”

(The Opening of the Eyes
– The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin,
Vol 1, page 280)
Selection Source: Kyo no Hosshin,
Seikyo Shinbun, April 25th, 2015

Sunday, Apr 26th, 2015
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“The future division was the first division I established after becoming the third president of the Soka Gakkai. [1] I set about personally fostering the future division members. Together, we studied and deeply engraved in our hearts the passage from the Daishonin’s writing ‘Letter from Sado’: ‘Those with the heart of a lion king are sure to attain Buddhahood’ (WND-1, 302).

“Countless ordinary people, unheralded men and women, have joined me in rousing the ‘heart of a lion king’ and striving fearlessly in the face of adversity to build the great, united bastion of the Soka Gakkai, an organisation dedicated to the noble cause of kosen-rufu.

“As such, the first, all-important element of the Soka Gakkai spirit that I would like the future division members to carry on is the ‘heart of a lion king.’

“Truly capable individuals are those who foster others.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9235. My Shining Successors, Win through Learning, from the May 2015 issue of the Daibyakurenge, translation released 17th April, 2015

[1] President Ikeda established the high school division in June 1964, the junior high school division in January 1965, and the boys and girls division in September 1965—which together comprise the Future Division.
* 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 —
SEIGAN NO HONOO O MOYASHI
ZENSHIN O TSUZUKERU HITO NI
JINSEI NO EIKAN WA KAGAYAKU!
KUKUTSU NO INORI TO KODO DE
IDAINA SHORI NO REKISHI O!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“WARE NIHON NO HASHIRA TO NARAN WARE NIHON NO GANMOKU TO NARAN WARE NIHON NO TAISEN TO NARAN TOTO CHIKAISHI NEGAI YABURU BEKARAZU”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 232)

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