Buddhism Day by Day February 22, 2015

Buddhism Day by Day
February 22, 2015

Real Optimism should not be confused with a carefree outlook on life, one in which we forfeit responsibility for our lives. The person undefeated by misfortune, poverty, insult and vilification, the person who can bounce back from every adversity and say. “What? That was nothing!” The person who marches on toward hope through sheer force of will — that person is a true optimist.

Wisdom for Modern Life
Daisaku Ikeda

Daily Encouragement
February 22, 2015

What was the secret to Edison’s success? He explained that it was to never give up before he succeeded in what he was trying to do. Not giving up — that’s the only way. Once you give up you are defeated. This is equally true in the realm of faith. quitting is not faith. We have to keep chanting until our prayers are answered. That is the correct way of prayer.

For Today & Tomorrow
Daisaku Ikeda

Daily Wisdom

From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Sunday, February 22, 2015

Though this mandala has but five or seven characters, it is the teacher of all Buddhas throughout the three existences and the seal that guarantees the enlightenment of all women. It will be a lamp in the darkness of the road to the next world and a fine horse to carry you over the mountains of death. It is like the sun and moon in the heavens or Mount Sumeru on earth. It is a ship to ferry people over the sea of the sufferings of birth and death. It is the teacher who leads all people to Buddhahood and enlightenment.

(WND, 414)
On Offering Prayer to the Mandala of the Mystic Law
Recipient and date unknown

 

LIVING THE GOSHO
*Light Of Fortune*
February 22, 2015

——————— ” The Buddha Resides in a Pure Heart” ———————-

At first one may seem to have faith in the Lotus Sutra, but it is hard to maintain that faith to the last. Water, for example, may be stirred by the wind, or blossoms may lose their hue with the fading of he morning dew.
How, then, have you been able to persist in your faith up until today?
It must be thanks entirely to the blessings you have acquired in previous existences, and to the care bestowed on you by Shakyamuni Buddha. How heartening is that thought, how heartening indeed! (WND-2, 885)

———————— In Praise of Our Pioneer Members ————————–

AS PIONEER MEMBERS who have striven wholeheartedly and made invaluable contributions to kosen-rufu, the wonderful benefits you have accumulated are undeniable and immeasurable. The Buddhas and bodhisattvas of the ten directions and the three existences are surely praising and protecting you.

*WND. Refers to the Writing of Nichiren Daishonin*
“Light of Fortune” Chap-7, p. 154~155
Daisaku Ikeda

February 22, 2015

————————– *IMPARTIAL BUT CONSIDERATE* ————————-

In the organization, leaders must be absolutely impartial. They should be capable of recognizing sound arguments, emotional statements and opinions for what they are.
However, after firmly stating what is right, a good leader should warmly encourage each person. Developing this capacity is part of a leader’s training.

When giving guidance, it’s fine to show your own strong personality, but your must thoroughly convince the members and reassure them.

Great leaders do not criticize each error on the part of their staff. They praise them for what they have done well. There are other people who will criticize the staff.
Leadership requires humanism. Let your juniors put their ideas into practice freely and openly but at the same time, steer them in the right direction. (GM ch.1 p16)

*GM. Refers to Guidance Memo*
The World Tribune Press 1975
*Chapter One: Leaders
Daisaku Ikeda

*Guidance in1975, hold true today, in 2015*

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