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.

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–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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Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 04/29/15 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Wednesday, Apr 29th, 2015
— TO MY FRIENDS —
Let’s establish a healthy daily rhythm of life
through our consistent practice
of morning and evening gongyo and daimoku.
Let’s make every single day meaningful and special
by brimming with powerful life force!

Wednesday, Apr 29th, 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. With this conviction you should strive in faith.”

(On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime
– The Writings of Nichiren
Daishonin, Vol. I, page 4)
Selection source: “Kyo no Hosshin”,
Seikyo Shimbun, April 29th, 2014

Thursday, Apr 30th, 2015
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“Through chanting the daimoku of the Lotus Sutra, Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, we can transmit benefit even to deceased family members, relatives, friends, or acquaintances who may have opposed our Buddhist practice—benefit that will warmly embrace them and lead them to a state of profound peace and comfort. Similarly, through the power of the Mystic Law, our family members and friends who have passed away in the course of the journey for kosen-rufu—whether from illness or as a result of unexpected accidents or natural disasters—will also be able to enter the path of Buddhahood. The best offering we can make for the eternal happiness of the departed is to live fully and strive vibrantly for kosen-rufu in their stead.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9233, Learning from the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin: The Teachings for Victory, [65] “Letter to Horen,” Wu-lung and I-lung: Father and Son Attaining Buddhahood Together, from the August 2014 issue of the Daibyakurenge, translation released 14th April, 2015

* The Japanese kanji is available by clicking on Seikyo Shinbun’s
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–WAGATOMO NI OKURU–
ASABAN NO GONGYO, SHODAI KARA
KISOKU TADASHI
SEIKATSU “RHYTHM” O!
MANMAN TARU SEIMEI RYOKU DE
JUJITSU NO ICHINICHI ICHINICHI NI!

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

Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 042715 SGI-UK/Japan

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

April 27th – May 3rd, 2015
— WORDS OF THE WEEK —
Hurrah for the triumphant songs
of the people ringing out (across Japan)!
I’d like to express my utmost appreciation,
from the bottom of my heart,
to all of our great noble fellow members
who made these successive victories happen one after another!
Now, let’s strive, more than ever, to
develop trust with the people around us and
make the blossoms of good fortune
and benefit abound in our local community!

(*)Soka Gakkai (in Japan) endorses the Komeito Party, which won sweeping victories in local elections held on April 12th 26th, 2015.

The New Komeito was originally founded by Soka Gakkai in 1964 but later separated as an independent entity, with Soka Gakkai providing only electoral support. The New Komeito is committed to giving political voice to the most vulnerable and underrepresented members of society on the issues of peace, social security, education, the environment and human rights. It works to protect the interests of non-union labour and people who work in small and medium-sized companies and constituencies that makes up a large segment of the Japanese public.

NEW KOMEITO English website: http://www.komei.or.jp/en/

Monday, April 27th, 2015
— DAILY GOSHO —
“A mind now clouded by the illusions of the innate darkness of life is like a tarnished mirror, but when polished, it is sure to become like a clear mirror, reflecting the essential nature of phenomena and the true aspect of reality. Arouse deep faith, and diligently polish your mirror day and night.”

(On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime
– The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin,
Vol.1, page 4)
Selection source: “Kyo no Hosshin,”
Seikyo Shimbun, April 27th, 2015

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“Showing true filial devotion is indeed the first step towards all people attaining enlightenment.

“’Faith for a harmonious family’ is one of the eternal guidelines of the Soka Gakkai. Naturally, some members may be the only ones in their families practising Nichiren Buddhism. I am well aware of how difficult that can be.

“In my youth, wishing for the happiness of my family, I chanted earnestly for my father to follow my mother’s lead and become a Soka Gakkai member as well. Sensing my ardent wish to share Buddhism with my father, Mr. Toda said to me at that time:

“’The important thing is that you stand up with strong faith. A big, magnificent umbrella can shelter many people all at once. In the same way, if one family member starts striving in faith, that person can protect the entire family. The benefit and good fortune you obtain through the wholehearted efforts you are making in your Buddhist practice will also be transmitted to your father. In his heart, he is already a Soka Gakkai member. I’m sure he’s quietly supporting you, and also very proud of you.”

“Indeed, my father always took a warm interest in the efforts I was making for kosen-rufu alongside Mr. Toda.”

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

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— KONSHU NO KOTOBA —
TODOROKU MINSHU NO GAIKA, BANZAI!
IDAINA TOMONO RENSEN RENSHO NI
KOKORO YORI KANSHA GASSHO.
FUKUTOKU TO SHINRAI NO HANA O
IYOIYO CHIIKI NI RANMANTO!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“TADAIMA
MO ICHINEN MUMYO NO MEISHIN WA MIGAKAZARU KAGAMI NARI KORE O MIGAKABA
KANARAZU HOSSHOSHINNYO NO MEIKYO TO NARUBESHI FUKAKU SHINJIN O OKOSHITE
NICHIYA CHOBO NI MATA OKOTARAZU MIGAKU BESHI”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 384)

Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 022615 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Thursday, Feb 26th, 2015
— TO MY FRIENDS —
It’s our silent, often unseen efforts
that are building an unshakeable foundation.
With patience and forbearance
let’s advance ceaselessly like flowing water!

Thursday, Feb 26th, 2015
— DAILY GOSHO —
“This Gohonzon also is found only in the two characters for faith.”

(The Real Aspect of the Gohonzon
– The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol. 1, page 832)
Selection source: Kyo no Hosshin,
Seikyo Shimbun, Feb 26th, 2015

Friday, Feb 27th, 2015
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“With the unwavering conviction that dialogue can change people’s hearts and create happiness and peace, let’s exert ourselves even more energetically to engage in sincere one-on-one dialogue.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9203, 10th Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting, Creating Happiness and Peace through Dialogue, from 22nd Feb., 2015, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun translation released 23rd Feb. 2015

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–WAGATOMO NI OKURU–
HITO SHIRANU DORYOKU GA
YURUGANU KIBAN O KIZUKU.
[KENJITSU] [NINTAI] DE
MIZU GA NAGARERU YO NI
TAYUMAZU MAE E!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“KONO GOHONZON MO TADA SHINJIN NO NIJI NI OSAMARERI”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 1244)

Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 120714 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Sunday, Dec 7th, 2014
— TO MY FRIENDS —
The true treasures of life shine in the midst of struggles.
By challenging ourselves with a brave, courageous spirit,
let’s continue to strive to elevate our life condition.
Let’s raise our voices together in triumph
for the new era of Soka!

Sunday, Dec 7th, 2014
— DAILY GOSHO —
“Snow is the ultimate in whiteness; no dyeing will make it any other colour. Lacquer is the ultimate in blackness; it will never become white. But how different is the human heart in its fickleness! It can be dyed by either good or evil.” 

(Snow and Lacquer – The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol. 2, page 675)
Selection source: “Kyo no Hosshin”, Seikyo Shimbun, December 7th, 2014

Monday, Dec 8th, 2014
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“I would like to confirm one point here. The Daishonin makes it clear that the practices of Aspiration for the Law and the boy Snow Mountains, such as peeling off one’s skin to make paper or giving one’s body to be devoured by a demon, are not the practices appropriate to the Latter Day of the Law, our present age. In the same letter, he writes: ‘If there were no paper in Japan, then you should peel off your skin. If the Lotus Sutra had not yet been introduced to our country and a single demon were to appear who knew it, then you should offer your body to him’ (WND-1, 324). These practices were necessary at the time, but the Daishonin continues: ‘Of what use is it to peel off our skin when the country has an abundant supply of heavy paper?’ (WND-1, 324).

“As Mr. Toda said in one of his lectures, if we need paper and a pen, we can buy such items at a store. ‘You have to do what is appropriate to the time; otherwise, it’s not Buddhist practice,’[1] he said, teaching the importance of practice appropriate to the time.

“Mr. Toda often quoted the words of his mentor, first Soka Gakkai president Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, stressing that we must not act in ways that run counter to value.

“Buddhism is a teaching for creating value. It is important that we always remember the purpose of our actions. Buddhism, faith in the Mystic Law, exists so that all people can create value in the form of happiness and peace.

“For example, the principle of transforming karma exists to create value in the form of hope even amid the greatest adversity. The principle of the mutual possession of the Ten Worlds, which reveals the inherent dignity of all people, exists to create value in the form of trust and harmony in a society afflicted by hostility and suspicion.

“True Buddhist leaders teach the wisdom of Buddhism required by the age and the practice appropriate to the time.”
SGI Newsletter No. 9119, Learning from the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, The Teachings for Victory, [61] “Letter to the Sage Nichimyo”, Winning in Life through Striving for Kosen-rufu with an, Unflagging Seeking Spirit in Faith, from the March 2014 issue of the Daibyakurenge, translation released 17th Nov., 2014

[1] Translated from Japanese. Josei Toda, Toda Josei Zenshu (Collected Writings of Josei Toda), (Tokyo: Seikyo Shimbunsha, 1986), vol. 6, p. 543.


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–WAGATOMO NI OKURU–
JINSEI NO SHIN NO TAKARA WA
KUTO NO NAKA NI KAGAYAKU.
FUKUTSU NO CHOSEN DE
WAGA KYOGAI O HIRAKIYUKE!
SOKA NO SHINJIDAI NO KACHIDOKI O!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“SORE YUKI ITATTE SHIROKEREBA SOMURUNI SOMERAREZU URUSHI ITATTE KUROKEREBA SHIROKU NARU KOTO NASHI KOREYORI UTSURIYASUKI WA HITO NO KOKORO NARI ZEN AKU NI SOMERARE SORO”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 1474)

Scobie John /Buddhist Food for Thought 101514 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Wednesday, Oct 15th, 2014
— TO MY FRIENDS —
All of our friends who are new to the organisation
have a unique and profound mission.
Based on our strong meaningful chanting
and the warmest of encouragement,
let’s help each one of them
to become a truly creative and capable person
who can share in the noble task of kosen-rufu

(justinledvina.com)

(justinledvina.com)

 

Wednesday, Oct 15th, 2014
— DAILY GOSHO —
“A woman who makes offerings to such a Gohonzon invites happiness in this life, and in the next, the Gohonzon will be with her and protect her always. Like a lantern in the dark, like a strong guide and porter on a treacherous mountain path, the Gohonzon will guard and protect you, Nichinyo, wherever you go.”

(The Real Aspect of the Gohonzon – The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, WND-I, page 832)
Selection source: Kyo no Hosshin, Seikyo Shimbun, October 1st, 2014

(nichirenletters.com)

(nichirenletters.com)

 

Thursday, Oct 16th, 2014

—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“Today, many thinking people are reevaluating their lives and searching for the path to genuine happiness. The ultimate answer to this quest is found in Nichiren Buddhism. Learning about and studying the hope-filled philosophy of human revolution is the purpose of the study exams that have become an SGI tradition.“…A seeking spirit in faith gives rise to boundless benefit. A spirit to encourage others to reveal their Buddha nature shines with the spirit of the Lotus Sutra.“…A growing groundswell of Buddhist study is spreading throughout the world.

“…From now, from this moment on—this is the spirit of the Buddhism of true cause. Those who brim with this spirit are true victors in faith.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9104, Opening a New Era of Kosen-rufu Together, (36) The Daishonin’s Teachings Give Us the Strength to Move Forward, from 6th Oct., 2014, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, translation released 14th Oct., 2014.

 

unity/itai doshin sgi.org

unity/itai doshin sgi.org

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–WAGATOMO NI OKURU–
SHINNYU NO MEMBER WA
MINA GA IDAI NA SHIMEI NO HITO.
KANARAZU KOFU NO DAIJINZAI NI!
FUKAKI INORI O KONPON NI
ATATAKANA HAGEMASHI O OKURO!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“KAKARU GOHONZON O KUYO SHI TATEMATSURI TAMAU NYONIN GENZAI NIWA SAIWAI O MANEGI GOSHO NIWA KONO GOHONZON SAYU ZENGO NI TACHISOITE YAMINI TOMOSHIBI NO GOTOKU KENNAN NO TOKORO NI GORIKI O ETARU GA GOTOKU KASHIKO E MAWARI KOKO E YORI NICHINYO GOZEN O KAKOMI MAMORI TAMAU BEKINARI”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 1244)

Scobie John /Buddhist Food for Thought 101014 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Friday, October 10th, 2014
— TO MY FRIENDS —
The happiness of our friends
and the growth of our fellow members,
both depend on our own firm inner resolve and determination.
By chanting strong daimoku and
putting our faith into action,
let’s build a solidarity of human revolution!
theenchantedhome.co

theenchantedhome.co


Friday, October 10th, 2014
— DAILY GOSHO —
“And yet, though one might point at the earth and miss it, though one 
might bind up the sky, though the tides might cease to ebb and flow and 
the sun rise in the west, it could never come about that the prayers of 
the practitioner of the Lotus Sutra would go unanswered.”

(On Prayer, The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol 1, Page 345)
Selection source: “Kyo no Hosshin”, Seikyo Shimbun, October 10th, 2014
gigaimg.com

gigaimg.com



Saturday, October 11th, 2014
—— DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-

“Nichiren Daishonin offered the following encouragement to the Ikegami brothers, Munenaka and Munenaga, who were in the midst of a struggle against serious obstacles: ‘The blessings gained by practicing the correct teaching [the Mystic Law], however, are so great that by meeting minor sufferings in this life we can change the karma that destines us to suffer terribly in the future’ (WND-1, 497).
            
“Through ‘the blessings gained by practising the correct teaching’—that is, ‘the blessings obtained by protecting the Law,'[1] the grave negative effects of karma that we would otherwise have experienced in the future are transformed and received as minor effects in the present. We need to be deeply convinced of this principle, called ‘lessening karmic retribution.'[2] And, to a degree that accords with the depth of our faith, we can experience its reality in our own lives.
            
“For instance, suppose you meet with an accident, but it is very minor and not a disaster that involves many people. This could be an instance of receiving the effects of negative karma in a lessened form. You can probably think of many similar examples.
            
“In this way, we can clearly see the significance of hardships from the perspective of the eternity of life across the three existences of past, present, and future. In other words, by undergoing hardships, we can transform in this lifetime the cycle of negative causes and effects in our lives and magnificently reveal within us the brilliant, vibrant state of Buddhahood.”
SGI Newsletter No. 9095, The Wisdom for Creating Happiness and Peace, Part 1: Happiness, Chap. 4: Transforming Suffering into Joy—Part 3 [of 3], 4.6 Both Suffering and Joy Are a Part of Life, from the September 2014 issue of the Daibyaku-renge, translation released 25th Sep., 2014 
(sgi-uk.org)

(sgi-uk.org)



[1] The Nirvana Sutra says: “They may be poorly clad and poorly fed, seek wealth in vain, be born to an impoverished and lowly family or one with erroneous views, or be persecuted by their sovereign. They may be subjected to various other sufferings and retributions. It is due to the blessings obtained by protecting the Law that they can diminish in this lifetime their suffering and retribution” (WND-1, 497).
[2] Lessening karmic retribution: This term, which literally means, “transforming the heavy and receiving it lightly,” appears in the Nirvana Sutra. “Heavy” indicates negative karma accumulated over countless lifetimes in the past. As a benefit of protecting the correct teaching of Buddhism, we can experience relatively light karmic retribution in this lifetime, thereby expiating heavy karma that ordinarily would adversely affect us not only in this lifetime, but over many lifetimes to come.  

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–WAGATOMO NI OKURU–
YUJIN NO KOFUKU MO
DOSHI NO SEICHO MO
SUBETE WA ICHINEN DE KIMARU.
TSUYOKI INORI TO KODO DE
NINGEN KAKUMEI NO RENTAI O KIZUKE!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“DAICHI WA SASABA HAZURURU TOMO OZORA O TSUNAGU MONOWA ARITOMO SHIO NO MICHIHINU KOTOWA ARITOMO HIWA NISHIYORI IZURUTOMO HOKEKYO NO GYOJA NO INORI NO KANAWANU KOTOWA ARU BEKARAZU”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 1351)

Scobie John /Buddhist Food for Thought 100414 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Saturday, Oct 4th, 2014
— TO MY FRIENDS —
Wherever there is hope,
the sun of victory rises.
No matter how hard our situation might be right now,
confront it with the never-give-up spirit
and try to take on that challenge with an optimistic attitude.
Let’s bravely open up a path towards victory!
theenchantedhome.co

theenchantedhome.co



Saturday, Oct 4th, 2014
— DAILY GOSHO —
“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- The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol 1, page 
279) Selection source: “Suntetsu”, Seikyo Shimbun, Oct 4th, 2014
holycool.net

holycool.net



Sunday, Oct 5th, 2014
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-

“The important thing is to give your all in challenging whatever task is in front of you, and to try many things, even if you don’t have a clear idea of what your dream is.
            
“No effort is ever wasted. Each step you take forwards, doing your best, eventually leads you towards success and the realisation of your dreams.
“There may well be times when you feel lost. But there’s no need to be anxious. Even if you end up taking the long way around, make that journey an opportunity for fresh discoveries and enjoy the scenery along the way. In the process, you may find another wonderful pathway or a new dream to pursue.
            
“What’s crucial is having courage and not being afraid of failure. Please persevere with the unflagging conviction that your dreams will someday come true.”
SGI Newsletter No. 9098, Spread Your Wings toward the Future, [1] The Highway in Los Angeles, from 1st April, 2014, issue of the Mirai [Future] Journal, translation released 2nd Oct., 2014
ichilly.com

ichilly.com


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— WAGATOMO NI OKURU —
KIBO ARU TOKORO
SHORI NO TAIYO WA NOBORU!
IKANARU KUNAN NIMO
FUKUTSU NO RAKKAN SHUGI DE IDOME!
OSHIKU MICHI O HIRAKE!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“KAKO NO IN O SHIRANTO HOSSEBA SONO GENZAI NO KA O MIYO MIRAI NO KA O SHIRAN TO HOSSEBA SONO GENZAI NO IN O MIYO”
(Gosho Zenshu page 231)

Scobie John /Buddhist Food for Thought 100314 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Friday, October 3rd, 2014
— TO MY FRIENDS —
As “leaders,”
by sharing our own personal experiences
let’s share the joy and confidence
we ourselves have in practising Nichiren Buddhism!
When everyone is inspired and rises up to take action using this faith,
the momentum of our advancement is definitely going to accelerate.

(sgi.org)

(sgi.org)

 

Friday, October 3rd, 2014
— DAILY GOSHO —
“Life is limited; we must not begrudge it. What we should ultimately
aspire to is the Buddha land.”

(Aspiration for the Buddha Land – The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin,
Vol. 1, page 214)  Selection source: “Kyo no Hosshin”, Seikyo Shimbun,
October 3rd, 2014

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ebay.com

 

Saturday, October 4th, 2013
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“No great achievement can be accomplished in a single generation. It requires the presence of disciples who embrace the original mentor’s vision as their own and wholeheartedly strive to achieve it over successive generations. That is how great things are accomplished.

“Disciples can join in a great undertaking precisely because the mentor has opened the way. At the same time, the mentor’s vow is realised precisely because the disciples carry on the mentor’s work and vision. An eternal flow of mentor and disciple will create a new great tide of Soka.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9099, The New Human Revolution––Vol. 27: Chap. 1, Young Shoots 14, translation released 2nd Oct., 2014

(raymondchng.wordpress.org)

(raymondchng.wordpress.org)

 

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site address at http://www.seikyoonline.jp/news/index.html

–WAGATOMO NI OKURU–
“Leader” WA MIZUKARA NO
TAIKEN O TOSHITE
KANKI TO KAKUSHIN O KATARE!
MINA GA SHINJIN DE FURUITATEBA
ZENSHIN NO IKIOI WA KASOKU!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“INOCHI KAGIRI ARI OSHIMU BEKARAZU TSUINI NEGAU BEKIWA BUKKOKU NARI”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 955)

HAPPY WORLD PEACE DAY—Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 100214 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Thursday, Oct 2nd, 2014
— TO MY FRIENDS —
“Trailblazing” is another name for a youthful spirit.
By having the attitude to go that one extra step forwards
when it comes to breaking through the deadlocks we now face,
let’s create a brand new age!

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Thursday, Oct 2nd, 2014
— DAILY GOSHO —
“However great the good causes one may make, or even if one reads and copies the entirety of the Lotus Sutra a thousand or ten thousand times, or attains the way of perceiving three thousand realms in a single moment of life, if one fails to denounce the enemies of the Lotus Sutra, it will be impossible to attain the way.”

(Encouragement to a Sick Person
– The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol 1, page 78)
Selection source: “Kyo no Hosshin”, Seikyo Shimbun,
Oct 2nd, 2014

 

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Friday, Oct 3rd, 2014

—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“Please lead brilliant lives that are diamond-like and indestructible. Indeed, may you all become ‘diamonds’ of happiness that sparkle with the radiance of your beautiful hearts. To do so, please never fear hardships. Don’t allow yourselves to be defeated by unfounded criticism. Rather, be grateful for all obstacles, because they help you polish and develop yourselves.”SGI Newsletter No. 9095, The Wisdom for Creating Happiness and Peace, Part 1: Happiness, Chap. 4: Transforming Suffering into Joy—Part 3 [of 3], 4.6 Both Suffering and Joy Are a Part of Life, from the September 2014 issue of the Daibyaku-renge, translation released 25th Sep., 2014

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* 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–
[KAITAKU] KOSO
SEISHUN NO KOKORO NO IMYO DA.
[MO IPPO!] TO
IKIYOI YOKU KARA O YABURI
SHINJIDAI O TSUKURIYUKE!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“IKANARU DAIZEN O TSUKURI HOKEKYO O SEN-MAN-BU YOMI SHOSHA SHI ICHINEN
SANZEN NO KANDO O ETARU HITO NARITOMO HOKEKYO NO TEKI O DANIMO
SEMEZAREBA TOKUDO ARIGATASHI”
(Gosho Zenshu page 1494)