Buddhism Day by Day March 3, 2015

Daily Encouragement
March 3, 2015

WHAT IS YOUTH? The French philosopher Roger Garaudy suggests that while most people believe a person is born young and then ages and dies, in reality, acquiring youth in the deepest sense is a very long and challenging process. The youth of which he speaks is the spiritual strength not to stagnate or grow resistant to change but to stay ever open to new possibilities. It is the power of the spirit that refuses to succumb to complacency and strives forward.

For Today & Tomorrow
Daisaku Ikeda

Buddhism Day by Day
March 3, 2015

It all comes down to you. I hope you won’t rely on others or wait for them to do something. Try to develop such a strong sense of responsibility that you can stand up to the fiercest storms, confidently proclaiming, I’ll do it. Just watch me!” Please confront reality, look it squarely in the face, and with guts, wisdom and strength, challenge everything that lies ahead of you.

Wisdom for Modern Life
Daisaku Ikeda

Daily Wisdom

From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A mind now clouded by the illusions of the innate darkness of life is like a tarnished mirror, but when polished, it is sure to become like a clear mirror, reflecting the essential nature of phenomena and the true aspect of reality. Arouse deep faith, and diligently polish your mirror day and night. How should you polish it? Only by chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.

(WND, 4)
On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime
Written to Toki Jonin in 1255

LIVING THE GOSHO
*Light Of Fortune*
March , 2015

— “On the Importance of the ‘Expedient Means’ and ‘Life Span’ Chapters” —

The sutra know as the Lotus Sutra is good medicine for the various ills of body and mind. Thus it states: “This sutra provides good medicine for the ills of the people of Jambudvipa [the entire world]. If a person who has an illness is able to hear this sutra, then his illness will be wiped out and he will know neither old age nor death.” (WND-2, 747)

———————— ROBUST AND CONFIDENT LIVES ————————–

What robust and confident lives we can lead when we possess the unsurpassed “good medicine” of the Mystic Law! We come to brim with greater vitality and grow more youthful in spirit with each passing year of our Buddhist practice. By manifesting the eternal Buddhahood innate within us, we can live undefeated by any obstacles or devilish function with savor health and longevity in our lives throughout the three existences of past, present, and future. Therefore, let’s joyfully advance again today on the path of our mission!

*WND. Refers to the Writing of Nichiren Daishonin*
“Light of Fortune” Chap-7, p. 172~173
Daisaku Ikeda

March 3, 2015

GM ——– * ENCOURAGEMENT and SELF-AWAKENING* —————-

Two plants of the same kind grow at a remarkably different rate when one is planted in a sunny place and the other in the shade. In the same way, leaders will develop when they are given timely encouragement, but they won’t without receiving the proper guidance. Of course, one’s own self-awakening comes first; unless he wants to develop, guidance is useless. Development itself, however, results from thorough, appropriate guidance. One who merely waits for capable people to appear is not a leader.

*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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