Buddhism Day by Day March 2, 2015

Buddhism Day by Day
March 2, 2015

The Important Thing is not whether we are optimistic or pessimistic but rather that, while keeping a careful eye on reality, we are neither overwhelmed by it nor content with the status quo. We must keep the lamps of our ideals alight while being ready to pioneer uncharted paths. Faith in life an din the human spirit is the necessary foundation for this approach.

Wisdom for Modern Life
Daisaku Ikeda

Daily Encouragement
March 2, 2015

THERE IS A SAYING , “TO START AN UNDERTAKING IS EASY;
to maintain it is difficult.” Though creating something new may seem daunting , it is in fact easy when compared to the far more challenging task of carrying on an existing enterprise, to keep it going, to develop it further.
Everything depends on people, on capable successors. And our movement for kosen-rufu depends on young people. For that reason I am determined to do all that I can right now to raise genuine successors in the youth division.

For Today & Tomorrow
Daisaku Ikeda

Daily Wisdom

From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Monday, March 2, 2015

Bodhisattva Never Disparaging of old said that all people have the Buddha nature and that, if they embrace the Lotus Sutra, they will never fail to attain Buddhahood. He further stated that to slight a person is to slight the Buddha himself. Thus, his practice was to revere all people. He revered even those who did not embrace the Lotus Sutra because they too had the Buddha nature and might someday believe in the sutra.

(WND, 756)
The Fourteen Slanders
Written to the lay priest Matsuno Rokuro Saemon on December 9, 1276

LIVING THE GOSHO
*Light Of Fortune*
March 2, 2015

———————— ” Encouragement to a Sick Person ” ——————

Should you depart from this life before I do, you must report to Brahma, Shakra, the four heavenly kings, and King Yama. Declare yourself to be a disciple of the priest Nichiren, the foremost votary of the Lotus Sutra in Japan. Then they cannot possibly treat you discourteously. (WND-1, 82)

—————— A LIFE OF ETERNAL HONOR AND VICTORY —————-

The lives of those who spread the Mystic Law and dedicated themselves to fulfilling the great vow for kosen-rufu are infinitely honorable and triumphant.
The good fortune we accumulate through such efforts will endure throughout the three existences of past, present, and future. We will definitely be protected in lifetime after lifetime. Our Buddhist practice as SGI members directly connected to the Daishonin is a source of brilliant and immeasurable benefit.

*WND. Refers to the Writing of Nichiren Daishonin*
“Light of Fortune” Chap-7, p. 170~171
Daisaku Ikeda

March 2, 2015

GM ————————– * TRAINING YOUR JUNIORS * ————————-

You yourself will develop when you strive to help your juniors grow. Leaders should never be passive. Former President Toda fervently hoped that through his guidance, his members would grow to surpass him. This is a leader’s ultimate desire.

The Soka Gakkai is steadly developing without a moment’s interruption, just as the earth never stops rotating, and cells never stop dividing. Leaders must always develop themselves; otherwise they cannot train their juniors.

In every campaign, take the initiative to discover and train people to become future leaders. This is Hon’in-myo, the cause for victory and dynamic growth into the limitless future.

Developing capable people means raising leaders with strong faith. To accomplish this, you must teach them the Gakkai spirit, to conquer all Sansho Shima and maintain firm faith in the Gohonzon till the end. Then, put them in a position where they can freely utilize their maximum ability.

It is wrong to say that so-and-so is “no good.” In certain aspects he definitely surpasses you, and you should help him develop those strong points. This is the fundamental spirit of training capable people.

*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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