Today’s Inspiration May 25. 2015

Daily Encouragement Daisaku Ikeda May 25th from For Today and Tomorrow

The heart is most important of all. In his classic, Antoine Saint-Exupéry writes: “It’s is only with the heart one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” It is just as he says. We cannot always tell something is genuine with our eyes. Only by looking with the heart can we discern the true essence.

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Buddhist Food for Thought 092414

To My Friends

September 24, 2014

To foster our juniors,
we should first take action together
with them and praise them for
their growth and development.
Through warm heart to heart
interactions, let’s build an indestructible
castle of capable people in our
respective communities.

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For Today and Tomorrow

Daily Encouragement by Daisaku Ikeda
Wednesday, September 24, 2014:

“What kinds of causes am I making right now?” “What actions am I taking?” The answers to these questions are what will determine our future—in this life and throughout the three existences. Herein lies the foundation of faith. True glory and victory in life lie in basing oneself on this fundamental principle.

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Buddhism Day by Day

Wisdom for Modern Life by Daisaku Ikeda
Wednesday, September 24, 2014:

We are all human beings, whatever our positions. If we open our hearts and speak with sincerity, we can communicate and touch others on the deepest level. World peace starts with trust between one individual and another.

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Daily Wisdom

From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Wednesday, September 24, 2014:

Though muddy water has no mind, it can catch the moon’s reflection and so naturally become clear. When plants and trees receive the rainfall, they can hardly be aware of what they are doing, and yet do they not proceed to put forth blossoms? The five characters of Myoho-renge-kyo do not represent the sutra text, nor are they its meaning. They are nothing other than the intent of the entire sutra. So, even though the beginners in Buddhist practice may not understand their significance, by practicing these five characters, they will naturally conform to the sutra’s intent.

The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 788
On the Four Stages of Faith and the Five Stages of Practice
Written to Toki Jonin on April 10, 1277

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Buddhist Food for Thought 092314

For Today and Tomorrow

Daily Encouragement by Daisaku Ikeda
Tuesday, September 23, 2014:

Winning in life is not a matter of form or appearances. It has nothing to do with vanity. Victory in life ultimately hinges on whether one has truly fought, whether one has truly advanced.

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Buddhism Day by Day

Wisdom for Modern Life by Daisaku Ikeda
Tuesday, September 23, 2014:

Now, if you wish to attain Buddhahood, you have only to lower the banner of your arrogance, cast aside the staff of your anger, and devote yourself exclusively to the one vehicle of the Lotus Sutra. Worldly fame and profit are mere baubles of your present existence, and arrogance and prejudice are ties that will fetter you in a next one. -Nichiren

 

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Daily Wisdom

Wisdom the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Tuesday, September 23, 2014:

Miao-lo said, “Wise men can perceive the cause of things, as snakes know the way of snakes.” The present epidemics are like the virulent boils of King Ajatashatru that could not be cured by anyone but the Buddha. They can only be eliminated by the Lotus Sutra.

The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 920
The Two Kinds of Illness
Written to Shijo Kingo on June 26, 1278

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Buddhist Food for Thought 092214

For Today and Tomorrow

Daily Encouragement by Daisaku Ikeda
Monday, September 22, 2014:

The principle that “Buddhism equals life” means that everything in one’s life is itself Buddhism. The principle that “Buddhism becomes manifest in society” means that society, too, is at one with Buddhism. The struggle for kosen-rufu can be waged only within the realities of life and society. Those who earnestly grapple with these realities develop strength and inner substance. They develop and grow.

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Buddhism Day by Day

Wisdom for Modern Life by Daisaku Ikeda
Monday, September 22, 2014:

Buddhism views illness as an opportunity to attain a higher, nobler state of life. It teaches that, instead of agonizing over a serious disease, or despairing of ever overcoming it, we should use illness as a means to build a strong, compassionate self, which in turn will make it possible for us to be truly victorious.

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Daily Wisdom

From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Monday, September 22, 2014:

I cannot see the sun in the daytime or the moon at night. In winter there is deep snow, and in summer the grass grows thick. Because so few people come to see me, the trail is very hard to travel. This year, especially, the snow is so deep that I have no visitors at all. Knowing that my life may end at any time, I put all my trust in the Lotus Sutra.

The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 779
The Actions of the Votary of the Lotus Sutra
Written to the lay nun Konichi in 1276

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Buddhist Food for Thought 092114

For Today and Tomorrow

Daily Encouragement by Daisaku Ikeda
Sunday, September 21, 2014:

In the twinkling of an eye we grow old. Our physical strength wanes and we begin to suffer various aches and pains. We practice Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism so that instead of sinking into feelings of sadness, loneliness and regret, we can greet old age with an inner richness and maturity as round and complete as a ripe, golden fruit of autumn. Faith exists so that we can welcome smiling and without regrets an old age that is like a breathtaking sunset whose dazzling rays color heaven and earth in majestic hues.

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Buddhism Day by Day

Wisdom for Modern Life by Daisaku Ikeda
Sunday, September 21, 2014:

Efforts to reach out and engage others in dialogue with the aim of fostering mutual understanding and bringing people closer together may seem ordinary and unexciting, but they in fact constitute a bold and daring challenge to create a new era of human civilization.

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Daily Wisdom

From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Sunday, September 21, 2014:

I cannot adequately express my gratitude for your frequent letters. At the time of my persecution on the twelfth, not only did you accompany me to Tatsunokuchi, but also you declared that you would die by my side. This can only be called wondrous.

The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 196
The Persecution at Tatsunokuchi
Written to Shijo Kingo on September 21, 1271

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Buddhist Food for Thought 092014

To My Friends

September 20, 2014

Buddhism teaches that
the hardships we undergo
in life will all become
our invaluable treasures.
Youth, record the history of
your victorious life with an
indomitable spirit!

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For Today and Tomorrow

Daily Encouragement by Daisaku Ikeda
Saturday, September 20, 2014:

When your determination changes, everything else will begin to move in the direction you desire. The moment you resolve to be victorious, every nerve and fiber in your being will immediately orient itself toward your success. On the other hand, if you think “This is never going to work out,” then at that instant every cell in your being will be deflated and give up the fight, and then everything really will move in the direction of failure.

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Buddhism Day by Day

Wisdom for Modern Life by Daisaku Ikeda
Saturday, September 20, 2014:

There has never been, nor will there ever be, a Buddha who does not encounter hardships. Only by struggling against difficulties can we attain the life-state of Buddhahood. Herein lies the essence of Buddhism.

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Daily Wisdom

From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Saturday, September 20, 2014:

All those who keep faith in the Lotus Sutra are most certainly Buddhas, and one who slanders a Buddha commits a grave offense. When one chants the daimoku bearing in mind that there are no distinctions among those who embrace the Lotus Sutra, then the blessings one gains will be equal to those of Shakyamuni Buddha.

The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 756
The Fourteen Slanders
Written to the lay priest Matsuno Rokuro Saemon on December 9, 1276

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Buddhist Food for Thought 091914

To My Friends

September 19, 2014

Don’t cause traffic accidents!
Let’s strictly guard against
becoming distracted while
driving, such as by talking
on the mobile phone.
Especially as the sun sets and
during the evening hours,
be ever more cautious and
vigilant of your surroundings!

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For Today and Tomorrow

Daily Encouragement by Daisaku Ikeda
Friday, September 19, 2014:

Our existence in this world can be likened to a dream. The issue of by far the greatest importance and eternal relevance is how we face death, the inescapable destiny of all living beings. For in the face of death, external factors such as social status or position in the organization count for naught. Everything depends on one’s faith, one’s state of life.

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Buddhism Day by Day

Wisdom for Modern Life by Daisaku Ikeda
Friday, September 19, 2014:

The highest offering to the Buddha is not to worship something reminiscent of the Buddha. Rather, it is to inherit the Buddha’s spirit. In other words, the highest offering lies in struggling to manifest, as one’s own way of life, even a part of the spirit of the Buddha, who upheld the philosophy that everyone is a Buddha and tirelessly strove to save all from suffering.

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 Daily Wisdom

From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Friday, September 19, 2014:

 Is it not the meaning of the sutra and commentary that the way to Buddhahood lies within the two elements of reality and wisdom? Reality means the true nature of all phenomena, and wisdom means the illuminating and manifesting of this true nature. Thus when the riverbed of reality is infinitely broad and deep, the water of wisdom will flow ceaselessly. When this reality and wisdom are fused, one attains Buddhahood in one’s present form.

The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 746
The Essentials for Attaining Buddhahood
Written to Soya Jiro Hyoe-no-jo Kyoshin on August 3, 1276

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Buddhist Food for Thought 091814

For Today and Tomorrow

Daily Encouragement by Daisaku Ikeda
Thursday, September 18, 2014:

How can we create the greatest value in the short span of a lifetime? Those of us who embrace the Mystic Law know the answer. Our faith in and practice of the Daishonin’s Buddhism enables us in this lifetime to solidify the world of Buddhahood in our lives and establish a state of eternal happiness. That is the purpose of faith in the Mystic Law, the purpose of our Buddhist practice.

 

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Buddhism Day by Day

Wisdom for Modern Life by Daisaku Ikeda
Thursday, September 18, 2014:

You have been able to accept, uphold, read, recite and ponder this sutra and to preach it for others. The good fortune you gain thereby is immeasurable and boundless. It cannot be burned by fire or washed away by water. Your benefits are such that a thousand Buddhas speaking all together could never finish describing them. Now you have been able to destroy all devils and thieves, to annihilate the army of birth and death, and all others who bore you enmity or malice have likewise been wiped out.

Good man, a hundred, a thousand Buddhas will employ their transcendental powers to join in guarding and protecting you. Among the heavenly and human beings of all the worlds, there will be no one like you. -The Lotus Sutra

 

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Daily Wisdom

From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Thursday, September 18, 2014:

I entrust you with the propagation of Buddhism in your province.

The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 1117
The Properties of Rice
Written to the lay priest Takahashi, date unknown

 

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Buddhist Food for Thought 091714

To My Friends

September 17th, 2014

Conversation that leads to understanding
and leaves the hearer fully satisfied will
enable them to make a fresh determination
toward their challenges.
Let’s listen to what each person has to say
with patience and sincerity, and then
warmly encourage and inspire them.

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For Today and Tomorrow

Daily Encouragement by Daisaku Ikeda
Wednesday, September 17, 2014:

Buddhism teaches, through the example of Bodhisattva Never Disparaging, to never look down on anyone. This is the essence of Buddhism. Nichiren Daishonin states that the “ultimate transmission” of Buddhism is to accord friends and fellow believers who are striving for kosen-rufu the same respect and reverence one would a Buddha.

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Buddhism Day by Day

Wisdom for Modern Life by Daisaku Ikeda
Wednesday, September 17, 2014:

Life can unfold unlimitedly as long as we have a heart of appreciation and an undefeated mind. Based on the Buddhist perspective of the eternity of life, we volunteered to be born in our current life-condition and chose to encounter the problems we have. If you can take this perspective, you should be able to overcome any difficulty with joy.

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Daily Wisdom

From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Wednesday, September 17, 2014:

Even a word or a phrase of the correct teaching will enable one to gain the way, if it suits the time and the capacity of the people. But though one studies a thousand sutras and ten thousand treatises, one will not attain Buddhahood if these teachings are unsuitable for the time and the people’s capacity.

The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 302
Letter from Sado
Written to Toki Jonin on March 20, 1272

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Buddhist Food for Thought 091614

For Today and Tomorrow

Daily Encouragement by Daisaku Ikeda
Tuesday, September 16, 2014:

A nurse who cared for many terminal patients has observed, “Ultimately, people only die as they have lived.” To die happily is therefore extremely difficult. And since death is the final settlement of accounts for one’s life, it is when our true self comes to the fore. We practice faith to live happily and also to die happily. One who has faith in the Mystic Law will not die an unhappy death.

 

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Buddhism Day by Day

Wisdom for Modern Life by Daisaku Ikeda
Tuesday, September 16, 2014:

One thing is certain: That is that the power of belief, the power of thought, will move reality in the direction of what we believe and conceive of it. If you really believe you can do something, you can. That is a fact.

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Daily Wisdom

From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Tuesday, September 16, 2014:

Therefore, those who become Nichiren’s disciples and lay believers should realize the profound karmic relationship they share with him and spread the Lotus Sutra as he does. Being known as a votary of the Lotus Sutra is a bitter, yet unavoidable destiny.

The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 994
Letter to Jakunichi-bo
Written to Jakunichi-bo Nikke on September 16, 1279

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