SJ/Buddhist Food for Thought 050215 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
— TO MY FRIENDS —
When the weather constantly changes like now,
let’s be very careful not to catch a cold, etc.
by taking every possible measure to stay healthy.
With a lively mind and body,
let’s cheerfully advance
by taking good care of our health, first and foremost!

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
— DAILY GOSHO —
“Whether you chant the Buddha’s name, recite the sutra, or merely offer flowers and incense, all your virtuous acts will implant benefits and roots of goodness in your life.”

(On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime
– The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin,
Vol.1, page 4)
Selection source:
SGI President Ikeda’s guidance,
Seikyo Shimbun, May 2nd, 2015

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“The benefit derived from upholding the Lotus Sutra is truly immense. The Lotus Sutra is the supreme teaching that enables anyone to attain enlightenment. In particular, the Daishonin says that reciting the verse section of the ‘Life Span’ chapter produces immeasurable benefit that ‘can only be understood and shared between Buddhas’ [LSOC2, 57] (WND-1, 516).

“Our recitation of the sutra in morning and evening gongyo envelops the lives of both the living and the dead in good fortune and benefit without fail, just as the bright light of the sun illuminates and warmly embraces all things. The ‘Life Span’ chapter states that the light of the Buddha’s wisdom shines without measure, and that the Buddha’s life span is countless kalpas long [1] (cf. LSOC16, 272). The light of the Buddha’s wisdom pervades everything and shines for all eternity. There is absolutely no need to lament or be filled with fear.

“Viewed from the perspective of Buddhism and from the perspective of life’s eternal nature, we are always advancing together with our departed friends and loved ones, united by our powerful connection to the Mystic Law.

“The characters of the Lotus Sutra inscribed by I-lung became Buddhas and relieved his late father of suffering. Likewise, our strong, focused chanting of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo can reach anywhere—exerting a positive influence not only on those still living, but on those who have passed away. Though we may be separated from our deceased loved ones and fellow members, we can always stay connected with them in our hearts and relieve them of any suffering.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9233, Learning from the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin: The Teachings for Victory, [65] “Letter to Horen,” The Verse Section of the “Life Span” Chapter Is the “Soul” of the Twenty-eight Chapters of the Lotus Sutra, from the August 2014 issue of the Daibyakurenge, translation released 14th April, 2015

[1] Kalpa: An extremely long period of time.

* 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–
KIKO NO HENKA NI YOCHUI.
KAZE NADO HIKANAI YO
TAICHO KANRI O BANZEN NI.
SHINSHIN TOMONI HATSURATSU TO
KENKO DAIICHI DE SUSUME!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“SHIKARU AIDA HOTOKE NO NA O TONAE KYOKAN O YOMI HANA O CHIRASHI KO O HINERUMADEMO MINA WAGA ICHINEN NI OSAMETARU KUDOKU ZENKON NARI TO SHINJIN O TORU BEKINARI”
(Gosho Zenshu page 383)

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