Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 042615 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Sunday, Apr 26th, 2015
— TO MY FRIENDS —
To connect people’s hearts and
develop a harmonious world in our local community
—that is the SGI movement by the people and for the people!
With confidence and pride as champions of human life,
let’s live out our lives by fulfilling our own unique missions!

Sunday, Apr 26th, 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 Shinbun, April 26th, 2015

Monday, Apr 27th, 2015
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“The Daishonin writes: ‘It [the Lotus Sutra] leads one person in the realm of hell, one person in the realm of hungry spirits, and thus one person in each of the nine realms of existence to Buddhahood, and thereby the way is opened for all living beings to attain Buddhahood’ (WND-1, 512).

“In Nichiren Buddhism, universal enlightenment is not an abstract theory or principle. What matters is whether the teaching actually helps an individual attain Buddhahood. One person, whatever their life state, gaining enlightenment, then serves as proof that the teaching can do the same for all people. The Daishonin likens this process to ‘the joints in a piece of bamboo: if one joint is ruptured, then all the joints will split’ (WND-1, 512).

“Likewise, when an individual who has been suffering from illness or financial hardship becomes happy, this opens a sure way to happiness for all others experiencing similar painful sufferings.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9233, Learning from the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin: The Teachings for Victory, [65] “Letter to Horen,” The Enlightenment of One Opens the Way to Enlightenment for All, from the August 2014 issue of the Daibyakurenge, translation released 14th 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 —
HITO TO HITO NO KOKORO O MUSUBI
CHIIKI O WARAKU NO SONO NI SURU.
SOREGA SOKA NO MINSHU UNDO!
NINGEN OJA NO HOKORI MO TAKAKU
WAGA SHIMEI O HATASHIYUKE!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“ICHINEN NI OKUGO NO SHINRO O TSUKUSEBA HONRAI MUSANO SANJIN NENNENNI OKORU NARI IWAYURU NAM-MYOHO-RENGE-KYO WA SHOJINGYO NARI”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 790)

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