Buddhism Day by Day February 23, 2015

Buddhism Day by Day
February 23, 2015

THE ONLY WAY FOR HUMAN BEINGS TO CHANGE
is to conquer their inner darkness and rediscover the eternal dignity within their own lives. Cultivating the noble spirit with which all people are endowed will directly lead to a change in the destiny of humankind.

Wisdom for Modern Life
Daisaku Ikeda

Daily Encouragement
February 23, 2015

WITHOUT COURAGE WE CANNOT BE COMPASSIONATE.
Courage and compassion are inseparable, like the two sides of a coin. Faith is the wellspring of courage. The Daishonin says, “Nichiren’s disciples cannot accomplish anything if they are cowardly” (MW-1, 128).
A cowardly person cannot realize victory in life. Unless we have the courage to really dedicate our lives to kosen-rufu, we cannot construct true happiness for ourselves and others.

For Today & Tomorrow
Daisaku Ikeda

Daily Wisdom

From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Monday, February 23, 2015

Even though one may encounter a wise teacher and the true sutra and thereby embrace the correct teaching, when one resolves to break free from the sufferings of birth and death and attain Buddhahood, one will inevitably encounter seven grave matters known as the three obstacles and four devils, just as surely as a shadow follow the body and clouds accompany rain. Even if you should manage to overcome the first six,
if you are defeated by the seventh, you will not be able to become a Buddha.

(WND, 894)
Letter to Misawa
Written to Misawa Kojiro on February 23, 1278

LIVING THE GOSHO
*Light Of Fortune*
February 23, 2015

——————— ” Cloth for a Robe and an Unlined Robe” ——————–

Even One Seed, When Planted, Multiplies. (WND-2, 602)

—– SEEDS OF THE MYSTIC LAW WILL BLOSSOM AS BENEFIT ——–

When we talk about Buddhism with our friends, we are planting and nurturing seeds of happiness in their lives as well as in our own. Let’s make every effort to engage in conversation with one person after another.

Those seeds planted through sincere and courageous efforts will produce beautiful flower and fruit of benefit beyond anything we can imagine, bring both our own lives and he lives of others to shine brilliantly.

*WND. Refers to the Writing of Nichiren Daishonin*
“Light of Fortune” Chap-7, p. 156~157
Daisaku Ikeda

February 23, 2015

————————– * DAIMOKU, MERCY AND WISDOM* ———————

Just because someone becomes a leader, it does not mean he/she has perfect faith. Leadership positions are a means to help people develop. Faith is a matter of lifelong practice. To develop as a leader suited to the coming era, you must study voluntarily and every day, chant more Daimoku than anyone else.

A leader who abides by formality, judges people’s value by their position or pretends to have strong faith is cheap and calculating. He/she does not have real faith. Eventually, he/she will reach a deadlock and lose vitality. A leader’s first concern is to chant Daimoku sincerely and have an exemplary practice.

Secondly, there are members who won’t listen or who want to go their own way. Convincing them of the value of guidance is the same thing as Shakubuku. Leaders would be unnecessary if new members could fully develop their faith without receiving guidance. Realizing this, you should lead your members with patience and courage. The Ichinen to make them understand faith is equivalent to mercy.

Thirdly, use your wisdom. Don’t be stiff and awkward, indecisive or lacking in confidence. Using good judgement according to the circumstances is called Zuien Shinnyo-no Chi. Through common sense and your own experience, you can confidently lead people in the direction you judge best.
Members will then feel reassured. (GM ch.1 p17-18)

*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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