Buddhism Day by Day
March 4, 2015
Life is an everlasting struggle with ourselves. It is a tug of war between moving forward and regressing between happiness and unhappiness. Outstanding individuals didn’t become great overnight. They disciplined themselves to overcome their weaknesses, to conquer their lack of caring and motivation until the became true victories in life. One reason Buddhist chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo each day is to develop strong will and discipline and the ability to tackle any problem seriously with the determination to overcome it.
Wisdom for Modern Life
March 4, 2015
SHAKYAMUNI PROCLAIMS, “People who are vigilant do not die; people who are negligent are as of dead.” This is definitely true. Unremitting diligence in our Buddhist practice — brave and vigorous exertion — infuses our lives with the great life force of the eternal Buddha. In contrast, people who try to get by in life through cunning and deception enact a living death.
For Today & Tomorrow
From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
A woman who makes offerings to such a Gohonzon invites happiness in this life, and in the next, the Gohonzon will be with her and protect her always. Like a lantern in the dark, like a strong guide and porter on a treacherous mountain path, the Gohonzon will guard and protect you.
Nichinyo, wherever you go.
The Real Aspect of the Gohonzon
Written to Nichinyo on August 23, 1277
March 4, 2015
GM —— *TRAINING, PROTECTION, GUIDANCE AND TEACHING* ——-
In Buddhism there is the principle of Kyo Chi Gyo I. Kyo and Chi together indicate faith. Gyo means action and I position. A leader’s activities and responsibility must be consistent with their position in the organization.
Unless a leader strives to fulfill his position, according to the principle of Ninpo Ikka, he will hinder the organization’s advancement. Even though each of us is still immature, the Daishonin teaches us to encourage each other and, through unity, to fulfill our mission.
If a member has a problem, guide them kindly so that they won’t come to a standstill. When he/she is tired after strenuous activities, you should protect them. If he/she doesn’t understand the Gakkai Spirit, explain for them. If they raise questions about the life philosophy of Nichiren Daishonin, you should answer to teach them. Become the kind of leader people trust because they gain confidence and find solutions to their problems when they talk to you.
Some people may stop practicing if you push them to practice consistently. On the other hand, some members may need the encouragement to practice consistently and will stop practicing if not continually encouraged. Being able to discern what the a member needs for their practice and life to grow and thrive and give the appropriate guidance to the member is part of a leader’s capabilities.
It is vital to encourage your junior members kindly and talk with them as though they were your own brothers and sisters. In addition, you should realize how fortunate you are to be able to explain even a little about Buddhism to others, and resolve to help them develop.
*GM. Refers to Guidance Memo*
The World Tribune Press 1975
*Chapter One: Leaders
*Guidance in1975, hold true today, in 2015*