Buddhism Day by Day February 28, 2015

Buddhism Day by Day
February 28, 2015

MAKE GOALS. Whether BIG or small, work toward realizing them. You must be serious about and dedicated to your goals — you’ll get nowhere if you just treat them like jokes. An earnest, dedicated spirit shines like a diamond and moves people’s hearts. That is because a brilliant flame burns within.

If we are sincere, people will understand our intentions, and our positive qualities will shine forth. It is pointless to be caught up in outward appearances.

The German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe writes: “How may one get to know oneself? Never by contemplation, only, indeed, by action. Seek to do your duty, and you will know at once how it is with you.”

Wisdom for Modern Life
Daisaku Ikeda

Daily Encouragement
February 28, 2015

You can forge the path to a fulfilling and enjoyable life if you have the depth of faith to regard everything as a source for creating happiness and value. Conversely, if you see everything only in a negative or pessimistic light, your life will gradually but inevitably be plunged into darkness. Buddhism teaches the subtle principle of ichinen and, moreover, the power of faith.

For Today & Tomorrow
Daisaku Ikeda

Daily Wisdom

From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Saturday, February 28, 2015

Since you now appear certain to attain Buddhahood, perhaps the heavenly devil and evil spirits are using illness to try to intimidate you. Life in this world is limited. Never be even the least bit afraid!

(WND, 1109)
The Proof of the Lotus Sutra
Written to Nanjo Tokimitsu on February 28, 1282

February 28, 2015

GM ————————– * CAPABLE people * —————————-

A stanza from an old Japanese song goes, “People are the walls of the castle and the castle itself.” Capable people are absolutely essential in any field of society. Their presence is the most vital condition for achieving a great success.

You may raise capable people, but it is also important to find them. By taking leadership with faith as your basis and cherishing the great objective of kosen-rufu, you can evaluate people correctly. You can tell who’s dedicated, who’s sharp, who’s sincere and so on.

Sometimes you can find a capable person intuitively in a moment, but at other times you can’t judge someone’s value until you’ve known them a long time. As a leader, your strong sense of responsibility and Ichinen to complete Kosen-rufu will enable you to discover and raise capable people.

All who embrace the Gohonzon are potentially capable. Grass, trees and flowers appear in the world to benefit man in one way or another.
Their use depends on the wisdom of men.

Similarly, the proper use of people depends on the leader’s concern for society, true Buddhism and Kosen-rufu. Master the art of enabling every member to give his best.

Putting a capable person in the wrong place can paralyze the whole organization and ruin other capable people.

Insofar as you dislike being advised or are surrounded by those who only compliment you, you can never find capable people.

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

*Guidance in1975, hold true today, in 2015*

*Light Of Fortune*
February 28, 2015

————————— ” The Beginning of Spring ” —————————–

In the past, when the Buddha was still an ordinary mortal, in a turbulent age troubled by the five impurities he nourished the starving votaries of the Lotus Sutra and thereby was able to attain Buddhahood. And if the words of the Lotus Sutra are true, then because of the merit [ you have gained by your gifts ], there can be no doubt that your deceased father has already achieved Buddhahood. (WND-2, 982

——————— PRAYER FOR THE DECEASED ————————-

The BENEFIT we gain from dedicating ourselves to the cause of kosen-rufu in this impure and troubled age shines with infinite brilliance — so much so that it can even illuminate the lives of our ancestors and descendants.

Therefore, as individuals striving for kosen-rufu together with the SGI, our chanting of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo itself is the supreme offering we can make for the happiness of those who have passed away. There is absolutely no doubt that our deceased family and loved ones have already attained Buddhahood.

Chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is the true way to confer benefit on the deceased in accord with the essence of Nichiren Buddhism.

*WND. Refers to the Writing of Nichiren Daishonin*
“Light of Fortune” Chap-7, p. 166~167
Daisaku Ikeda

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