SJ/Buddhist Food for Thought 050415 SGI-UK/Japan

A translation of President Ikeda’s “Words of the Week”
published in the Seikyo Shinbun and more.

May 4th – 10th, 2015
— WORDS OF THE WEEK —
All of our precious successors of the SGI!
The world awaits you.
What results will be manifested in the future
depend on the causes that exist in the present.*
Let’s all help to shine a light on and
spotlight our Future Division members!**

* “If you want to understand the causes that existed in the past, look at
the results as they are manifested in the present. And if you want to
understand what results will be manifested in the future, look at the
causes that exist in the present.” – “The Opening of the Eyes”, WND-I, page 279
** 6-18 year old young people

Monday, May 4th, 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 Shimbun, May 4th, 2015

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“There are bound to be times when we become stalled in our progress. That’s when we need to chant and take action with even stronger determination. When we do so, we will , we will definitely cultivate a more expansive state of life and be able to move forwards once again. Continually repeating this process is the heart of our Buddhist practice.

“Our victory is determined by whether we win or lose in this struggle with ourselves, with stagnation, and with devilish functions.

“Those who neglect this fierce, unrelenting struggle with their inner weaknesses are already on the path of decline. They treat life like a game. Such complacency is the very hallmark of defeat.

“Nichiren Daishonin writes:

“’Buddhism primarily concerns itself with victory or defeat, while secular authority is based on the principle of reward and punishment. For this reason, a Buddha is looked up to as the Hero of the World, while a king is called the one who rules at his will.’ (WND-1, 835)

“Rewards and punishments can be measured by degree, and are relative by nature. For example, one can score 10 or 60 out of 100 on an exam, or receive awards of various rankings. In this way, rewards and punishments can be compared with one another as better or worse, because they are relative.

“But victory and defeat are absolute. You either win or you lose. There is no middle ground. A Buddha is one who has achieved victory. A “hero of the world”—one of the titles of the Buddha—is an unrivalled champion in the human world, in society.”

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 Daibyaku-renge, translation released 30th April, 2015

* The Japanese kanji is available by clicking on Seikyo Shinbun’s
web-site address at http://www.seikyoonline.jp/news/index.

— KONSHU NO KOTOBA —
SOKA KOKEI NO TOMO YO!
SEKAI GA KIMI O MATTE IRU.
“MIRAI NO KA” WA
“GENZAI NO IN” NI ARI.
MINADE MIRAIBU NI HIKARI 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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