Wednesday, 18th February

Wednesday

18th February
THE wise, the truly strong, can surmount even the most painful times with courage. In contrast, the pessimistic, who weakly wallow in their problems and unable to move on, tend to agonise and suffer over the smallest things. Please be wise people who can live with joy.

WHETHER one experiences happiness or misery is to a great extent determined by the subtle orientation of our heart, by the way we direct our ichinen, or our inner resolve. Since we are alive, then we might as well view all things in a positive and joyful light, as we will be much happier this way. Having a robust and joyful inner resolve enables one to quickly transform one’s destiny.

WISDOM is the absolute requirement for a happy life. The most profound wisdom is found in Buddhism, and thus faith in the Mystic Law encompasses all things. That is why a person of faith must also be wiser than anyone else.

TO promote the cause of kosen-rufu, which is the Buddha’s will, is in itself the greatest glory and honour. Please be confident that doing so will lead to your eternal good fortune.

I believe that in order for humanity in the 21st century to eliminate war and conflict and establish genuine peace, it is vital that we open our hearts, broaden our intellectual capacities and expand our states of life so they become as wide and all-encompassing as the cosmos itself.

NOTE: Visit http://nichirendaishoningosho.blogspot.com/

–TO MY FRIENDS–
The small things matter.
Let’s respond swiftly when
receiving reports or requests
for guidance and advice.
The accumulation of such
efforts will become the
driving force for phenomenal
development.

Translation of “To My Friends” published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda’s recent guidance, with universal value and application.

LIVING THE GOSHO
*Dance of Kosen-Rufu*
February 18, 2015

———————— ” The True Aspect of All Phenomena ” ——————-

Exert yourself in the two ways of practice and study. Without practice and study, there can be no Buddhism. You must not only persevere yourself; you must also teach others. Both practice and study arise from faith. Teach others to the best of your ability, even if it is only a single sentence or phrase. (WND-1,386)

EXERT YOURSELF IN THE TWO WAYS OF PRACTICE AND STUDY

The writings of Nichiren Daishonin are teachings of hope. when we study these writings and chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, our lives come to shine all the more brightly and overflow with courage, the wisdom of the Mystic Law, and the power of the Buddha.
The Daishonin encourages us to talk to others about Buddhism. Let’s vibrantly reach out to others in dialogue. The more we talk to others about our practice, the more people we can help form a connection with Nichiren Buddhism, and the more benefit we can accumulate.
It is through exerting ourselves in the two ways of practice and study that we lay the foundation for victory for both our own lives and kosen-rufu.

*WND. Refers to the Writing of Nichiren Daishonin*
“Dance of Kosen-Rufu” Chap-6, p. 144~145
Daisaku Ikeda

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