Buddhism Day by Day March 5, 2015

Buddhism Day by Day
March 5, 2015

Our individual lives are each infinite treasure houses. Our lives are clusters of blessings. Lasting happiness never comes from the outside. Everything of value emanates from within our own being. Faith in Buddhism means establishing one’s true self. It is the recognition that the infinite horizon of the cosmos exists right here within the self. One’s life opens out toward the cosmos and is enfolded in it; at the same time, one’s life encompasses the entire cosmos.

Wisdom for Modern Life
Daisaku Ikeda

Daily Encouragement
March 5, 2015

THE EFFORTS MADE BY ONE INDIVIDUAL Can Be Immensely Important.
Nichiren Daishonin repeatedly states that victory depends not on numbers but on a group or individual’s attitude or resolve. In one passage he writes: “Everyone in Japan, from the sovereign on down to the common people, all without exception tried to do me harm, but I have survived until this day. This is because, although I am alone, I have firm faith [in the Lotus Sutra]” (MW-3, 198) In other words, his strong faith enabled him to emerge triumphant. I find this passage deeply moving.

*MW Refers to Major Writings -vol 3*
For Today & Tomorrow
Daisaku Ikeda

Daily Wisdom

From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Thursday, March 5, 2015

The more gold is heated in the flames, the brighter will be its color; the more a sword is whetted, the sharper it will become. And the more one praises the blessings of the Lotus Sutra, the more one’s blessings will increase. Bear in mind that the twenty eight chapters of the Lotus Sutra contain only a few passages elucidating the truth, but a great many words of praise.

(WND, 673)
The Blessings of the Lotus Sutra
Written to Myomitsu on March 5, 1276

March 5, 2015

GM ———————— *FAITH AND WEAKNESS* ——————————

What never changes throughout one’s three existences of life is called nature, or Sho. Sometimes we have to observe a person’s background and history in order to know his true nature. His inherent weakness will remain dormant and not hinder him so long as he is devoted to his practice and follows his seniors with a determination to grow.

However, if they feel satisfied and relaxes, all they negative karma from the past will definitely emerge. Remember this point both in observing others and in reflecting on yourself.

*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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