Daily Encouragement February 26, 2015

Daily Encouragement
February 26, 2015

BUDDHISM Teaches that LIFE at each moment embraces all phenomena.
This is the doctrine of a life-moment possessing three thousand realms, which is the Lotus Sutra’s ultimate teaching and Buddhism’s essence. Because of the profound way our lives interact with people around us, it is vital that we reach out to others, that we be engaged with our environment and with our local community. A self-absorbed practice or theory without action is definitely not Buddhism.

For Today & Tomorrow
Daisaku Ikeda

Buddhism Day by Day
February 26, 2015

Nichiren teaches that the Buddha and all people are absolutely equal.
Chanting Nam-mypho-renge-kyo with faith in this point is a matter of the utmost importance. Doing so is to embrace the Lotus Sutra. It is also an act of succeeding to the heritage of Buddhism. In this light, we can say that the gist of the teaching of the Lotus Sutra is that all people are equal.

Wisdom for Modern Life
Daisaku Ikeda

Daily Wisdom

From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Thursday, February 26, 2015

THE GREAT TEACHER TZ’U-EN wrote a work in ten volumes entitled
PRAISING THE PROFUNDITY OF THE LOTUS SUTRA in which he praised the Lotus Sutra, but THE GREAT TEACHER DENGYO criticized it, saying , “Though he praised the Lotus Sutra, he destroys its heart.”

If we consider these examples carefully, we will realize that,among those who read the Lotus Sutra and sing its praises, there are many who are destined for the hell of incessant suffering.

(WND, 718)
On Repaying Debts of Gratitude
Written to Joken-bo and Giji-bo on July 21, 1276

*Light Of Fortune*
February 26, 2015

—————— ” The Heritage of the Ultimate Law of Life ” ——————–

How can we possibly hold back our tears at the inexpressible joy of knowing that [at the moment of death] not just one or two, not just one hundred or two hundred, but as many as a thousand Buddhas will come to greet us with open arms! (WND-1, 216-17)


The course of our journey across the three existences of past, present, and future is peaceful yet vibrant. Because life and death are inseparable. the good fortune and benefit we have accumulated in this lifetime will last eternally. While we are alive, therefore, it is important that we continually strive to improve ourselves and take action for the welfare and happiness of others.
When your noble lives come to an end, you will be honored with the gratitude and respect of many, and protectively enfolded in the prayers of fellow members all around the globe.

*WND. Refers to the Writing of Nichiren Daishonin*
“Light of Fortune” Chap-7, p. 162~163
Daisaku Ikeda

February 26, 2015

GM ————————– * THE EYES TO SEE PEOPLE * ————————

A person can develop remarkably, even under adverse circumstances, when they awaken to their mission and a great objective.

When we’re close to another person, we tend to notice their faults and even point them out. However, once you start finding fault with someone, there’s no end to it. Human beings are imperfect. Instead, we should respect one another, compensate for each other’s shortcomings and bring out each other’s strong points.

When you evaluate someone, ask yourself how hard are they working for kosen-rufu, for society and for their members’ development. With this yardstick, you can gauge a person’s value, whereas your own personal sentiments may blind you to their worth. Unless you view people in the light of their own objectives, you can’t see their good qualities, and you’ll overlook many capable people.

You can’t become a good leader unless you can recognize people’s strong points. First, resolve to develop this insight and second, polish your own mirror through faith. With the Ichinen to make another person happy, you will naturally discover his best qualities.

When you can’t guide a person all by yourself, take them to one of your seniors. Whom they may be able to get close to. Any small-mindedness on your part will prevent them from developing. The essence of guidance lies in enabling members to develop freely, taking into account the many methods available.

Watch out for your own likes and dislikes in judging others, and never regard a person as your subordinate. Quietly observe their personality, popularity and character with an objective eye.

Understanding another person is not easy, but when you polish the mirror of your faith by chanting Daimoku, you can perceive his or her essential nature.

Like the proverb, “You can’t see the forest for the trees,” when you’re overwhelmed by a busy schedule, you can’t judge things objectively.
By taking a higher, broader view based on the GOSHO and the practice of Buddhism, you can see everything from a clear perspective.

*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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