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)

Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 050115 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Friday, May 1st, 2015
— TO MY FRIENDS —
The SGI is the ultimate gathering of “Good Friends”.*
As treasured friends,
let’s encourage each other constantly
always motivating and inspiring one another as we advance.
Together, let’s travel along the great path to true happiness!

*Good Friends – http://www.sgi.org/buddhism/buddhist-concepts/good-friends.html

Friday, May 1st, 2015
— DAILY GOSHO —
“Though calamities may come, they can be changed into good fortune.”

(How the Gods Protect the Place of Practice
– The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin,
Vol.2, page 669)
Selection source: “Kyo no Hosshin”,
Seikyo Shimbun, May 1st, 2015

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“‘You should pray intently that Shakyamuni, Many Treasures, and the Buddhas of the ten directions will all gather and enter into your your body to assist you.’
– From “Reply to Yasaburo,” (WND-1, 829).

“Nichiren Daishonin wrote these words to a disciple who was preparing to participate in a debate for the sake of kosen-rufu. The Daishonin instructs him to pray intently for the protective functions of the universe to enter his life.

“All Buddhas will lend their support to those who are steadfastly striving to fulfil the great vow for kosen-rufu. That is how respectworthy we are. As such, we are certain to be thoroughly protected by the heavenly deities.

“Making the positive functions of the entire universe our allies, let’s continue to advance, brimming with the boundless power of the Buddha.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9236, Living the Gosho: Words of Encouragement, (55) Triumph with the Boundless Power of the Buddha, from 21st April, 2015, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun translation released 22nd April, 2015.

* 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–
GAKKAI WA SAIKO NO
“ZENCHISHIKI” NO TSUDOI.
TAKARA NO TOMO TO HAGEMASHIAI
SHOKUHATSU SHIATTE SUSUMO!
KOFUKU NO DAIDO O TOMONI!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“WAZAWAI KITARU TOMO HENJITE SAIWAI TO NARAN”
(Gosho Zenshu page 979)

Thurs AM/PM Report 043015

Thurs AM/PM Report 043015: I hope everyone had a thrilling and thriving Thankful Thursday! Lost 10 more pounds and 129 more inches ( 35-months lost 971.5 inches).

Took part of the day off for “Me” time and chores. It was a very productive day creating and writing–worked on my book projects and marketing materials.

HUGS 22-25. LT 30 mins. STEPS 1000-1800. MILES .5-.9 SLEEP 7-8.5+ hours. SC: “Me” time, gratitude list, inventory list, AM/PM Chanting, morning routine,  etc.

BFAST 49/18. SNACK 4/3.5. LUNCH 15-21/26-48. DINNER: 60-61/30-35. EXERS: 100 mini-sits, stretches, 300 ( 3×100) arm/wall, squats, walking, other exercises, chores.

 

Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 043015 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Thursday, April 30th, 2015
— TO MY FRIENDS —
Let’s use those bitter sufferings and hardships we are encountering
as a source and opportunity for our growth!
Let’s convert our karma into our unique mission!
Creating value out of every situation
is what Buddhism is all about.
Cheerfully, let’s advance!

Thursday, April 30th, 2015
— DAILY GOSHO —
“But now you must build your reputation on the Lotus Sutra and give yourself up to it.”

(The True Aspect of All Phenomena
– The Writings of Nichiren
Daishonin, Vol.1, page 385)
Selection source: “Kyo no Hosshin”,
Seikyo Shimbun, April 30th, 2015

Friday, May 1st, 2015
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“‘The mighty warrior General Li Kuang, whose mother had been devoured by a tiger, shot an arrow at the stone he believed was the tiger. The arrow penetrated the stone all the way up to its feathers. But once he realised it was only a stone, he was unable to pierce it again.’
– From “General Stone Tiger”, (WND-1, 953).

“The power of strong resolve can penetrate even stone. Faith in the Mystic Law and our Buddhist practice enable us to tap the true incredible power that resides within human life.

“With focused prayer and the unwavering determination to win, to definitely accomplish our goals, we can make the impossible possible.

“’I won’t give up! I will definitely succeed!’—this commitment will activate the protective functions of the universe and turn everything into a friend and ally.

“Faith is the ultimate power for breaking through all obstacles and limitations.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9237, Living the Gosho: (56) Making the Impossible Possible with Strong Resolve, from 23rd April, 2015, issue of the Seikyo Shinbun, translation released 23rd April, 2015

* 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–
KUTO WA SEICHO NO CHIKARA NI!
SHUKUMEI WA SHIMEI NI!
SUBETE O KACHI E TO
TENKAN SURU NO GA BUPPO DA.
HOGARAKANI ZENSHIN O!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“TOMOKAKU MO HOKEKYO NI NA O TATE MI O MAKASE TAMAU BESHI”
(Gosho Zenshu page 1360)

Wed AM/PM Report 042915

Wed AM/PM  Report 042915: took a break from health journaling/posting Fri 4/24 thru Tues 4/28. Journaled for 487 days straight. Starting a new Day 1.

Hugs 25+. No Light Therapy. Exer Hrs: 30-45 mins. SLEEP/OTHER: 4.5-7. SC: rest, AM/PM Chanting, gratitude/inventory lists, morning routine, chores. STEPS 3000. MILES: 1.5 miles.

Spreading messages of love, beauty, positivity and living one’s truth. Writing, scheduling, planning and more. Rough night -low pressure/slept funny/other-this too shall pass and should get a good night’s sleep tonight.

BFAST 49/13. LUNCH 64.5/19.5. DINNER: 45/26. SNACK 16/14.5. EXERS: stretches,  squats, 100 mini-sits, other exercises, st 10x, sw 10x, chores, etc.

 

 

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

–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

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

— 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 042815 SGI-UK/Japan—Happy April 28th!

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

Tuesday, Apr 28th, 2015
— TO MY FRIENDS —
Let’s constantly make a point of expressing our gratitude and appreciation
to those who offer their homes for kosen-rufu activities
as well as to their family members!
It’s only because of the support we receive
from so many people in so many ways,
that our movement for kosen-rufu is able to advance.
Together, let’s make a fresh departure together towards a brand new summit!

Tuesday, Apr 28th, 2015
— DAILY GOSHO —
“He is a man who never gives in to defeat and who greatly values his friends.”

(On Prolonging One’s Life Span – The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin,
Vol. 1, page 955)
Selection Source: SGI President Ikeda’s essay, Seikyo Shinbun, April 18th, 2015

Wednesday, Apr 29th, 2015
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“When one person stands up with strong faith, everyone in the family—even those who have not yet started practising—is enveloped in the light of the Mystic Law.

“In his letter to Soya Kyoshin, the Daishonin declares: ‘The blessings that you yourself enjoy are in fact treasures belonging to your late father’ (WND-1, 513).

“When you as an individual exert yourself in faith, you can also lead others in your environment towards the path to attaining Buddhahood. The lives of your family members, relatives, friends, and loved ones, too, even if they are suffering in such lower states as Hell or Hunger, will move in the direction of hope and happiness. Such is the tremendous power of the Mystic Law.

“Also, when you personally stand up and dedicate yourself to your mission for kosen-rufu in your local area, it will have a powerful ripple effect. The human revolution of a single individual opens the way to a breakthrough for the happiness and victory of all.”

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

* 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–
KOFU NO KAIJO TEIKYOSHA YA
GOKAZOKU NI OREI O KOTOBA O!
OKU NO KATA NO SASASE DE
KOFU WA DODO NO ZENSHIN.
ARATANA MINE E TOMO NI SHUPPATSU DA!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“KIWAMETE MAKEJI TAMASHI NO HITONITE WAGA KATANO KOTO OBA DAIJI TO
MOSU HITO NARI”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 986)

Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 042615 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Sunday, Apr 26th, 2015
— TO MY FRIENDS —
To connect people’s hearts and
develop a harmonious world in our local community
—that is the SGI movement by the people and for the people!
With confidence and pride as champions of human life,
let’s live out our lives by fulfilling our own unique missions!

Sunday, Apr 26th, 2015
— DAILY GOSHO —
“… if in a single moment of life we exhaust the pains and trials of millions of kalpas, then instant after instant there will arise in us the three Buddha bodies with which we are eternally endowed. Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is just such a ‘diligent’ practice.”

(The Essential Passage in Each of the Twenty-eight Chapters of the Lotus Sutra, “Emerging from the Earth”, The Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings, page 214)
Selection Source: Kyo no Hosshin,
Seikyo Shinbun, April 26th, 2015

Monday, Apr 27th, 2015
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“The Daishonin writes: ‘It [the Lotus Sutra] leads one person in the realm of hell, one person in the realm of hungry spirits, and thus one person in each of the nine realms of existence to Buddhahood, and thereby the way is opened for all living beings to attain Buddhahood’ (WND-1, 512).

“In Nichiren Buddhism, universal enlightenment is not an abstract theory or principle. What matters is whether the teaching actually helps an individual attain Buddhahood. One person, whatever their life state, gaining enlightenment, then serves as proof that the teaching can do the same for all people. The Daishonin likens this process to ‘the joints in a piece of bamboo: if one joint is ruptured, then all the joints will split’ (WND-1, 512).

“Likewise, when an individual who has been suffering from illness or financial hardship becomes happy, this opens a sure way to happiness for all others experiencing similar painful sufferings.”

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

* 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 —
HITO TO HITO NO KOKORO O MUSUBI
CHIIKI O WARAKU NO SONO NI SURU.
SOREGA SOKA NO MINSHU UNDO!
NINGEN OJA NO HOKORI MO TAKAKU
WAGA SHIMEI O HATASHIYUKE!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“ICHINEN NI OKUGO NO SHINRO O TSUKUSEBA HONRAI MUSANO SANJIN NENNENNI OKORU NARI IWAYURU NAM-MYOHO-RENGE-KYO WA SHOJINGYO NARI”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 790)

Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 042515 SGI-UK/Japan

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

Saturday, Apr 25th, 2015
— TO MY FRIENDS —
On the heads of those who continue to advance,
burning with the spirit to fulfill their vows (for kosen-rufu),
the laurels of victory in life certainly shine.
By chanting daimoku and taking action
with indomitable determination,
let’s create a history of outstanding victory and success!

Saturday, Apr 25th, 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 Shinbun, April 25th, 2015

Sunday, Apr 26th, 2015
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“The future division was the first division I established after becoming the third president of the Soka Gakkai. [1] I set about personally fostering the future division members. Together, we studied and deeply engraved in our hearts the passage from the Daishonin’s writing ‘Letter from Sado’: ‘Those with the heart of a lion king are sure to attain Buddhahood’ (WND-1, 302).

“Countless ordinary people, unheralded men and women, have joined me in rousing the ‘heart of a lion king’ and striving fearlessly in the face of adversity to build the great, united bastion of the Soka Gakkai, an organisation dedicated to the noble cause of kosen-rufu.

“As such, the first, all-important element of the Soka Gakkai spirit that I would like the future division members to carry on is the ‘heart of a lion king.’

“Truly capable individuals are those who foster others.”

SGI Newsletter No. 9235. My Shining Successors, Win through Learning, from the May 2015 issue of the Daibyakurenge, translation released 17th April, 2015

[1] President Ikeda established the high school division in June 1964, the junior high school division in January 1965, and the boys and girls division in September 1965—which together comprise the Future Division.
* 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 —
SEIGAN NO HONOO O MOYASHI
ZENSHIN O TSUZUKERU HITO NI
JINSEI NO EIKAN WA KAGAYAKU!
KUKUTSU NO INORI TO KODO DE
IDAINA SHORI NO REKISHI 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)