Buddhism Day by Day
March 7, 2015
In his writings, regarding Buddhist practice, Nichiren repeatedly emphasized the importance of the heart. While teaching that faith and courage are the powers and functions of the heart that enable us to open the world of Buddhahood in our lives, he also cautioned against the heart’s negative functions, such as disbelief and cowardice, which close us off to our potential for Buddhahood.
Wisdom for Modern Life
March 7, 2015
Calling Forth The Three Powerful Enemies And Defeating Them Make One A Votary Of The Lotus Sutra.
It is only natural, then, when we advance upon the correct path of mentor and disciple originating with the Daishonin, we will encounter obstacles. By battling the three powerful enemies, we become genuine disciples of the Daishonin. In that respect, the authenticity of the path of mentor and disciple followed by the first three presidents of the Soka Gakkai has been proven beyond doubt.
For Today & Tomorrow
From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Saturday, March 7, 2015
If the minds of living beings are impure, their land is also impure, but of their minds are pure, so is their land. There are not two lands, pure or impure in themselves. The difference lies solely in the good or evil of our minds.
It is the same with a Buddha and and ordinary being. When deluded, one is called an ordinary being, but when enlightened, one is called a Buddha. This is similar to a tarnished mirror that will shine like a jewel when polished.
On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime
Written to Toki Jonin in 1255
March 7, 2015
GM ———————-* YOUTH DIVISION LEADERS * —————————
The spirit of youth division leaders has been described in specific guidance’s for youth. All you have to do is put it into practice. As for concrete problems, you should consult your senior leaders and try to pick up their rhythm.
Leaders’ responsibilities and the kind of guidance they give will differ according to their position. The basic thing is to take good care of the youth division. Don’t act out of formality simply because you have a position, and never become authoritarian.
Youth leaders should have a spirited and energetic atmosphere around them but don’t be swayed by your emotions when giving guidance. Though you may be resented, remain composed and refrain from impulsiveness.
As a humanistic leader, you should make friends with your youth division members and be on good terms with them. The basis of leadership is faith in the Gohonzon and humanism.
Just because you become a youth division leader, don’t think you have to wear fine clothes or put on airs. By all means, never be authoritarian or formal. As a passage from the Gosho reads, The higher the teaching (one cherishes), the lower the position (you take) Join in with your members and lead them with conviction and broad-mindedness. That’s the spirit of a true leader.
Be a young revolutionary who can fight at a crucial moment. Be a youth division leader who can use good judgment and protect Buddhism, with the courage to crush evil and promote justice.
To inspire a vibrant spirit in your group, you, as the leader, must first stand alone. If you chant Daimoku to the Gohonzon for your members’ development, your wish will penetrate their lives.
When you, as a youth division leader, practice without restraint, you members will naturally change. Buddhism terms this consistency from beginning to end (Honmatsu Kukyo-to).
When it come to basic matters of Buddhism, speak out straightforwardly, according to the teachings of former President Toda. This is faith. When members have specific problems, guide them with a readiness to practice right along with them.
A youth division leader disqualifies himself as a true revolutionary if he pretends excellence as a leader, feels obligated to make eloquent speeches or makes it appear that he knows everything about Buddhism. He will only suffer if he does so.
*GM. Refers to Guidance Memo*
The World Tribune Press 1975
*Chapter One: Leaders
*Guidance in1975, hold true today, in 2015*