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

September 1st-7th, 2014
— WORDS OF THE WEEK —
Our SGI young leaders from 50 different countries 
and territories are coming to Japan.*
It’s the seeking spirit and enthusiasm to learn that changes an era.
Together, let’s make dynamic progress 
so we can accomplish our human revolution!

*Some 250 SGI youth leaders from 50 difference countries and territories will attend an SGI Youth Course in September in Japan.
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Monday, September 1st, 2014
— DAILY GOSHO —
“Suffer what there is to suffer, enjoy what there is to enjoy. Regard both suffering and joy as facts of life, and continue chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, no matter what happens. How could this be anything other than the boundless joy of the Law? Strengthen your power of faith more than ever.”

(Happiness in This World- The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol.1, page 681) Selection source: “Kyo no Hosshin”, Seikyo Shimbun, September 1st, 2014

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Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
—— DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT ——

“I presented a new song, ‘Youth with a Noble Vow,’ to all our members, especially the youth, at the Soka Gakkai Headquarters leaders meeting in April.
            
“As my mentor Josei Toda said, the sight of our members singing songs resonating with fresh vigour is a sign of the Soka Gakkai’s triumphant future development.
            
“In the song, I indicated that the Chinese characters for youth (normally read as seinen in Japanese) should be read as kimi (a familiar expression for “you”) so as to refer to all of you, my dear friends and fellow members. I did this because the vow to strive together for kosen-rufu that connects you and me in a one-to-one bond is the essence of the path of mentor and disciple. Another reason is that I would like all of you to continue striving and challenging yourselves in the vibrant spirit of youth as long as you live.”
SGI Newsletter No. 9071, The Song of Human Victory, To You, My Youthful Friends, Who Share a Noble Vow, from 11th July, 2014, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, translation released 26th Aug. 2014
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–KONSHU NO KOTOBA–
KAIGAI GOJUKKAKOKU CHIIKI NO
WAKAKI “leader” KITARU.
MOERU “KYUDO” NO KOKORO GA
JIDAI O KAERU.
TOMONI NINGEN KAKUMEI NO CHOYAKU O!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“KU OBA KU TO SATORI RAKU OBA RAKU TO HIRAKI KURAKU TOMONI OMOIAWASETE NAM-MYOHO-RENGE-KYO TO UCHITONAE ISASETAMAE KORE ANI JIJUHORAKU NI ARAZUYA IYOIYO GOJONO SHINRIKI O ITASHITAMAE”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 1143)

Buddhist Food for Thought 080614

To My Friends

August 6th, 2014

Encountering a good book
nourishes and enriches your heart.
Reading is life’s treasure.
Let’s learn from masterpieces of old
and spend a summer of fulfillment
and growth.

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For Today and Tomorrow

Daily Encouragement by Daisaku Ikeda
Wednesday, August 6, 2014:

Youth, and indeed life itself, flashes by in the blink of an eye. That is why it is important for you to ask yourselves what you can do for those who are suffering, what you can do to resolve the mournful contradictions that plague society, and boldly take on these great challenges without shunning the problems and difficulties you will inevitably face.

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Buddhism Day by Day

Wisdom for Modern Life by Daisaku Ikeda
Wednesday, August 6, 2014:

Prayer in Nichiren Buddhism is fundamentally a vow. It is a pledge or commitment to follow a chosen course of action; it is a declaration to challenge a clear objective. As such, how could anything be more wonderful than the vow to realize our personal human revolution and actualize the goal of world peace?

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Daily Wisdom

From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Wednesday, August 6, 2014:

Though numerous, the Japanese will find it difficult to accomplish anything, because they are divided in spirit. In contrast, although Nichiren and his followers are few, because they are different in body, but united in mind, they will definitely accomplish their great mission of widely propagating the Lotus Sutra.

The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 618
Many in Body, One in Mind
Written to the lay priest Takahashi on August 6, year unknown

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

Tuesday, Aug 5th, 2014
— TO MY FRIENDS —
Whether we send greetings for the season
or physically return home for the summer,
let’s try to have deep and meaningful exchanges
with our parents and other family members
especially if they are not SGI members.
Let’s try to create a better understanding and appreciation
of our practice through our own sincere and caring actions.

 

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Tuesday, Aug 5th, 2014
— DAILY GOSHO —
“The heart of the Buddha’s lifetime of teachings is the Lotus Sutra,
and the heart of the practice of the Lotus Sutra is found in the
‘Never Disparaging’ chapter. What does Bodhisattva Never Disparaging’s profound respect for people signify? The purpose of the appearance in this world of Shakyamuni Buddha, the lord of teachings, lies in his behaviour as a human being.”

(The Three Kinds of Treasure – The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin,
Vol. 1, page 852)
Selection source: Gosho for YMD, Seikyo Shimbun, July 26th, 2014

 

 

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Wednesday, Aug 6th, 2014
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“We cannot foster outstanding capable people for kosen-rufu unless we put our entire being into the effort. Those who chant for the growth of younger members and support them behind the scenes are most noble.

“Those who foster new people are true leaders.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9061, On Our Shared Journey for Kosen-rufu—II, (35) Come Forth, Capable People Dedicated to Kosen-rufu!, from the Sep 15th, 2013 Seikyo Shinbun, translation released 4th Aug. 2014

 

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–WAGATOMO NI OKURU–
KISETSU NO TAYORI YA
KISEIJI NO KATARAI NADO
MINYUKAI NO KAZOKU YA RYOSHIN TO
YUIGI NI KORYU SURU NATSU NI.
SEIJITSU NI KYOKAN O HIROGEYO!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“ICHIDAI NO KANJIN WA HOKEKYO HOKEKYO NO SHUGYO NO KANJIN WA FUKYOHON
NITE SORO NARI FUKYO BOSATSU NO HITO O UYAMAISHI WA IKANARU KOTOZO
KYOSHU SHAKUSON NO SHUSSE NO HONKAI WA HITO NO FURUMAI NITE
SORAIKERUZO
(Gosho Zenshu, page 1174)

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

Thursday, July 31st, 2014
— TO MY FRIENDS —
Let’s always lend an ear to our friends’ sufferings
and share the power and confidence of Buddhism with them.
Chanting Daimoku of empathy, really making their suffering our own,
is where the heartfelt sincerity of Soka members shines through.
Let’s become wise people overflowing with courage and compassion!

Thursday, July 31st, 2014
— DAILY GOSHO —
“Since childhood, I, Nichiren, have never prayed for the secular
things of this life but have single-mindedly sought to become a
Buddha.  Of late, however, I have been ceaselessly praying for your
sake to the Lotus Sutra, Shakyamuni Buddha, and the god of the sun,
for I am convinced that you are a person who can inherit the soul of
the Lotus Sutra.”

(The Hero of the World – The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol. 1, page 839)
Selection source: SGI President Ikeda’s Essay, “The Song of Human
Victory”,  Seikyo Shimbun, July 11th, 2014

Selection Source: Kyo no Hosshin, Seikyo Shinbun, July 30th, 2014

Friday, August 1st, 2014
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“The renowned American educator John Dewey (1859-1952). Dewey declared: ‘Ours is the responsibility of conserving, transmitting, rectifying and expanding the heritage of values we have received that those who come after us may receive it more solid and secure, more widely accessible and more generously shared than we have received it.’ These words are engraved on his tombstone. Today, I would like to impart them to you, my successors and most beloved disciples.”

SGI Newsletter  No. 9056, Dialogue for the Future: Traveling the Path of Victory Together with You. [23] Nothing Is Greater Than the Path of Mentor and Disciple—Part 2 [of 2], translation released 29th July, 2014, from the 1st March, 2014, issue of the Mirai [Future] Journal

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–WAGATOMO NI OKURU–
TOMO NO NAYAMI NI MIMI O KATAMUKE
BUPPO O KATARI KIRO!
SHINKEN NARU DOKU NO INORI NI
WARERA SOKA NO KOKORO GA HIKARU!
YUKI TO JIHI NO KENJA TARE!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“NICHIREN WA WAKAKI YORI KONJO NO INORI NASHI TADA HOTOKE NI NARAN TO OMOU BAKARINARI SAREDOMO TONO NO ONKOTO OBA HIMANAKU HOKEKYO SHAKABUTSU NITTEN NI MOSU NARI SONO YUEWA HOKEKYO NO INOCHI O TSUGU HITO NAREBA TO OMOUNARI” (Gosho Zenshu, page 1169)

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Buddhist Food for Thought 073014

To My Friends

July 30, 2014

Nichiren Daishonin
admonishes us to
“believe continuously
without ever regressing.”(*)
Continuation is “strength.
With faith as pure as a clear stream,
let’s spend each day brimming
with satisfaction and vibrance.

(*)”Two Kinds of Faith,” WND I, p. 899.

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For Today and Tomorrow

Daily Encouragement by Daisaku Ikeda
Wednesday, July 30, 2014:

Faith enables us to secure ultimate victory. It enables us to live with vigor and joy and to strive to improve ourselves—to become the very best people we can be. Moreover, faith enables us to walk through life with complete assurance and confidence, unafraid of anything.

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Buddhism Day by Day

Wisdom for Modern Life by Daisaku Ikeda
Wednesday, July 30, 2014:

Religion must teach an “attitude to life.” To live a life of true human dignity is certainly difficult. Life is change; it is continuous change. Nothing is constant. The four sufferings of birth, old age, sickness and death are an eternal theme that no one can escape.

Amid harsh reality, people yearn from the depths of their beings to live with dignity and for their lives to have meaning, and they make efforts toward that end. The product of these human yearnings, these prayers, is religion. Religion was born from prayer. What is Nichiren’s response to these prayers of human beings? What attitude toward life does he teach? The answer, in short, is the principle of attaining Buddhahood in this lifetime.

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Daily Wisdom

From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Wednesday, July 30, 2014:

Our worldly misdeeds and evil karma may have piled up as high as Mount Sumeru, but when we take faith in this sutra, they will vanish like frost or dew under the sun of the Lotus Sutra.

The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 1026
Letter to Niike
Written to Niike Saemon-no-jo in February 1280

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Buddhist Food for Thought 072914

To My Friends

July 29th, 2014

To all those who are challenging
themselves to spend the summer
studying for the exam on Nichiren
Buddhism, do your best!
The steady accumulation of efforts will
lead to positive results without fail.
Don’t be defeated by your own lack
of confidence!

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For Today and Tomorrow

Daily Encouragement by Daisaku Ikeda
Tuesday, July 29, 2014:

The ultimate essence of Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism lies in living on through to the very end, pressing ever forward, courageously taking on each new challenge we encounter and never giving up. Constructing eternal glory—the state of Buddhahood—within our own lives is the purpose of our Buddhist practice in this lifetime. Hence the Daishonin’s constant urging that we make tenacious efforts in the present.

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Buddhism Day by Day

Wisdom for Modern Life by Daisaku Ikeda
Tuesday, July 29, 2014:

Compassion is the very soul of Buddhism. To pray for others, making their problems and anguish our own; to embrace those who are suffering, becoming their greatest ally; to continue giving them our support and encouragement until they become truly happy—it is in such humanistic actions that Nichiren Buddhism lives and breathes.

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Daily Wisdom

From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Tuesday, July 29, 2014:

Believe in the Gohonzon with all your heart, for it is the robe to protect you in the world after death. No wife would ever leave her husband unclothed, nor could any parents fail to feel compassion for their child shivering in the cold. Shakyamuni Buddha and the Lotus Sutra are like one’s wife and parents. You have helped me and thereby saved me from disgrace in this life; in return, I will protect you from disgrace in the next. What one has done for another yesterday, will be done for oneself today.

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

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Buddhist Food for Thought 072814

Words of the Week

July 28th, 2014

An invigorating gongyo is the
force for health and fulfillment.
With a wise and prudent daily rhythm,
let’s spend each day creating value
cheerfully, joyfully and in good health.

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For Today and Tomorrow

Daily Encouragement by Daisaku Ikeda
Monday, July 28, 2014:

Life is a process of ongoing challenge. Those who lead lives of boundless challenge realize boundless growth. In a time of tumultuous change, what people need most is the vitality to challenge their circumstances and the wisdom to open the treasure-house of knowledge and to ceaselessly strive to create new value.

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Buddhism Day by Day

Wisdom for Modern Life by Daisaku Ikeda
Monday, July 28, 2014:

The Buddha’s compassion is perfectly equal and impartial. The Buddha views all beings as his own children and strives to elevate them to attain his same enlightened state of life. It’s not that there are no differences among people. Rather, it’s that the Buddha, while fully recognizing people’s differences, does not discriminate among them.

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Daily Wisdom

From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Monday, July 28, 2014:

Since I have realized that only the Lotus Sutra teaches the attainment of Buddhahood by women, and that only the Lotus is the sutra of true requital for repaying the kindness of our mother, in order to repay my debt to my mother, I have vowed to enable all women to chant the daimoku of this sutra.

The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 931
The Sutra of True Requital
Written to the lay nun Sennichi on July 28, 1278

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

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
— TO MY FRIENDS —
To all those who are challenging and preparing
for any decisive exams over this summer,

please try to do your very best!
All the efforts you have been so painstakingly making over time
will certainly blossom into results.
Let’s never be defeated by any possible lack in confidence!

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Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
— DAILY GOSHO —
“My wish is that all my disciples make a great vow.”

(The Dragon Gate – The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol.1, page 1003)
Selection source: SGI President Ikeda’s Essay, “The Song of Human
Victory”,  Seikyo Shimbun, July 11th, 2014

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Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“In the realm of faith, all the struggles and hardships undertaken for the sake of the Law and kosen-rufu become great benefit and good fortune. In fact, those who have suffered the most will become the happiest. This is the essence of Nichiren Buddhism.”

“Our karma is the noble mission that we chose to take on. Buddhist principles such as ‘earthly desires lead to enlightenment,’ ‘the sufferings of birth and death lead to nirvana,’ and ‘changing poison into medicine’ teach us that if we have a strong core of faith in our lives, we can dramatically turn around all misfortune that may assail us.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9054, translation released 25th July, 2014,
The New Human Revolution--Vol. 26: Chap. 4, Bold Advance 65.

 

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–WAGATOMO NI OKURU–
SHOBU NO NATSU NI IDOMU
JUKENSEI, GANBARE!
JIMICHI NI TSUMIKASANETA
DORYOKU GA KANARAZU MI O MUSUBU.
JIBUN JISHIN NI MAKERU NA!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“NEGAWAKUWA WAGA DESHIRA DAIGAN O OKOSE”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 1561)

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A translation of President Ikeda’s “Words of the Week”
published in the Seikyo Shimbun and more.
July 28th-August 3rd, 2014
— WORDS OF THE WEEK —

Constantly doing a vibrant gongyo is
the source of good health and a fulfilling life.
By using our wisdom to maintain
a good rhythm in our daily lives,
let’s create value each and every day,
cheerfully, happily and in good health!
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Monday, July 28th, 2014
— DAILY GOSHO —
“Single-mindedly chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and urge others to do the same; that will remain as the only memory of your present life in this human world.”

(Questions and Answers about Embracing the Lotus Sutra – The Writings of
Nichiren Daishonin, Volume I, page 64) Selection Source: “Kyo no Hosshin”,
Seikyo Shimbun, July 28th, 2014

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Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“However great the hardships and suffering they may experience, those who are striving for kosen-rufu have already, at a most fundamental level, overcome them because the sun of the boundless life state of Bodhisattva and Buddhahood shines in their hearts. Undaunted by the dark nights of karmic suffering, they bring their lives to shine brightly, illuminating the darkness and ushering in a dawn of revitalisation.

“…While none of us can escape the four sufferings of birth, aging, sickness, and death, Buddhism teaches a means to resolve life’s fundamental problems through awakening us to the eternal and unchanging nature of life.

“In the course of life there may be painful times and sad times, and even times when we lose hope. But by chanting daimoku before the Gohonzon, we can bring forth strength and limitless life force. And as we continue to chant and share Nichiren Buddhism with others, we naturally come to transform our karma and accumulate great good fortune in our lives. Chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo ourselves and teaching others to do the same is the driving force for persevering through the harsh realities of society.”

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SGI Newsletter No. 9054, translation released 25th July, 2014,
The New Human Revolution––Vol. 26: Chap. 4, Bold Advance 65.
 
 * The Japanese kanji is available by clicking on Seikyo Shinbun’s web-site
address at http://www.seikyoonline.jp/news/index.html
–KONSHU NO KOTOBA–
HARI NO ARU GONGYO KOSO
KENKO TO JUJITSU NO CHIKARA NARI.
SOMEINA SEIKATSU NO “rhythm” DE
KACHI SOZO NO ICHINICHI ICHINICHI O!
AKARUKU TANOSHIKU SUKOYAKA NI.

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“SUBEKARAKU KOKOTO O ITSUNI SHITE NAM-MYOHO-RENGE-KYO TO WARE MO TONAE TA OMO SUSUMEN NOMIKOSO KONJO NINKAI NO OMOIDE NARUBEKI”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 467)