Happy May 3rd! SJ/Buddhist Food for Thought 050315 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015
— TO MY FRIENDS —
The Daishonin states,
“This is my vow, and I will never forsake it!”*
Let’s live out our lives fulfilling the vows
made in our youth,
no matter what may happen!
Those who do so are true victors.

*”The Opening of the Eyes” – WND-I, page 281

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015
— DAILY GOSHO —
“Let the gods forsake me. Let all persecutions assail me. Still I will give my life for the sake of the Law.”

(The Opening of the Eyes
– The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin,
Vol.1, page 280)
Selection source: Soka Gakkai member’s experience,
Seikyo Shimbun, May 3rd, 2015

Monday, May 4th 2015
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“The reason the Daishonin emphasises that ‘Buddhism is about winning’ is to drive home the importance of having the inner strength and fortitude to stand up to every obstacle and difficulty that arises in life. If we are fainthearted and timid, we cannot win over the negative functions in our own lives or in society. The Daishonin writes: ‘A coward cannot have any of his prayers answered’ (WND-1, 1001).

“This is the Daishonin’s powerful encouragement to his disciples not to allow themselves to be defeated by life’s ups and downs, nor to be undone by base negative influences. His teaching that ‘nothing surpasses the strategy of the Lotus Sutra'[1] expresses the same idea.

“Faith in the Lotus Sutra is not an intellectual or abstract theory. It must enable us to demonstrate practical wisdom for winning in society, in the real world.

“With the heart of a lion king, the Daishonin fought one momentous battle after another, emerging triumphant each time. Such unwavering determination also activates the protective forces of the universe.

“In a proud declaration of victory, he says: ‘It is because the heavenly deities came to my aid that I survived even the Tatsunokuchi Persecution and emerged safely from other great persecutions’ (GZ, 843).[2]

“Our lives, our daily existence, and society are constantly changing. Every change is either for better or for worse; there is no in-between. That is why it is essential that our faith, our religion, enables us to win.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9238, The Wisdom for Creating Happiness and Peace, Part 2: Human Revolution, Chapter 9: Buddhism Is about Winning, from the April 2015 issue of the Daibyakurenge, translation released 30th April, 2015

[1] The Daishonin writes: “Employ the strategy of the Lotus Sutra before any other” (WND-1, 1001).

[2] “Oko Kikigaki” (The Recorded Lectures); not included in WND, vols. 1 or 2.
* 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–
GOSEIKUN “CHIKAISHI NEGAI
YABURU BEKARAZU”.
SEISHUN NO CHIKAI NI
DANJITE IKINUKE!
SONO HITO GA SHIN NO SHORISHA!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“SENZURU TOKOROWA TENMO SUTETAMAE SHONAN NIMO AE SHINMYO O GOTO SEN”
(Gosho Zenshu page 232)

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