Buddhism Day by Day February 24, 2015

Buddhism Day by Day
February 24, 2015

ACCORDING TO BUDDHISM, health is not a condition in which we merely escape negative influences. It is a highly positive, active state in which we hold ourselves responsible for such influences, in which we face and try to solve various problems — not just our own but others’ problems, too. The word disease implies a lack of ease, which conversely implies that health is a state of comfort. In the Buddhist sense, however, being “at ease” does not mean freedom from difficulties; it means having strength to meet and overcome any problems.

Wisdom for Modern Life
Daisaku Ikeda

Daily Encouragement
February 24, 2015

If we do not base our lives on the Law, we are not practicing Buddhism. The German writer Friedrich von Schiller writes, “The brave man thinks upon himself the last.” This is analogous to the spirit of not begrudging one’s life taught in the Lotus Sutra. This means treasuring the Law more highly than one’s life. The Law and kosen-rufu are central.

For Today & Tomorrow
Daisaku Ikeda

Daily Wisdom

From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

No matter how humble a person may be, if his wisdom is he least bit greater than yours, you should ask him about the meaning of the sutra. But the people in this evil age are so arrogant, prejudiced, and attached to fame and profit that they are afraid that, should they become the disciple of a humble person or try to learn something fro him, they will be looked down upon by others. They never rid themselves of this wrong attitude, so they seem to be destined for the evil paths.

(WND, 757)
The Fourteen Slanders
Written to the lay priest Matsuno Rokuro Saemon on December 9, 1276

*Light Of Fortune*
February 24, 2015

—————- ” The Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings” ————–

To uphold the Lotus Sutra is the highest of all expressions of filial and supportive conduct. (OTT, 176)


UPHOLDING THE MYSTIC LAW enfolds our lives as those of our parents in limitless good fortune and benefit. It is the highest means of showing appreciation to our parents.

Even if your parents are not practicing Nichiren Buddhism, through the power of your prayer you will surely lead them to attain Buddhahood. In this way you will be able to fundamentally repay your debt of gratitude to them. And, for those of you who have lost a parent, chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is the greatest way to offer prayers for their eternal happiness.

When our own life shines like the sun, we can illuminate not only our family, friends and those in our environment, but also society as a whole.

SGI youth, please be good to your parents and always have a warm smile for them!

*OTT. Refers to the Orally Transmitted Teachings*
“Light of Fortune” Chap-7, p. 158~159
Daisaku Ikeda

February 24, 2015

——————————— * A DEVOTED FEW* ——————————

In a chapter, the system of a devoted few refers to the district leaders uniting around their chapter chief, forming a nucleus for the growth of the whole chapter.
The system of a devoted few does not merely mean a small number. It is a formula by which capable leaders unite to organize and lead the entire membership, however large. Otherwise they become a mob.

Big business has also adopted the system of a devoted few. Qualified staff in the tip echelons of prosperous companies have the task of effectively directing all employees.

The force of Oda Nobunaga who won the battle of Okehazama relied on the system of a devoted few. Imagawa Yoshimoto’s men, though far greater in number, were just a loose, helter skelter gathering of various armies. If then or twenty excellent generals had untied to form a strong nucleus with Yoshimoto as their central figure, they could have directed those huge forces at will. The Imagawa armies were defeated, in part, because they lacked such unity.

*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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