Daily Encouragement March 8, 2015

Daily Encouragement
March 8, 2015

THE GREAT FRENCH PHILOSOPHER JEAN-JACQUES ROUSSEAU
(1712-78) wrote in his work EMILIE: “There is no happiness without courage nor virtue without struggle.” Without courage there is no happiness and it is impossible to create a life of value. This is an unchanging rule of human existence.

For Today & Tomorrow
Daisaku Ikeda

Buddhism Day by Day
March 8, 2015

NO Great Achievement is accomplished overnight or without difficulty. Should benefit be obtained easily without making any efforts in Buddhist practice, we’d probably just as easily abandon our faith and end up miserable as a consequence. Because it isn’t easy to get into a highly ranked school, students study with all their might, gaining an abundance of knowledge and ability. Faith follows basically the same formula: Practice is essential to attaining Buddhahood.

Wisdom for Modern Life
Daisaku Ikeda

Daily Wisdom

From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Sunday, March 8, 2015

The debt of gratitude owed to one’s father and mother is as vast as the ocean. If one cares for them while they are alive but does nothing to help them in their next life, it will be like a mere drop of water.

(WND, 1033)
On Filial and Unfilial Conduct
Written to Nanjo Tokimitsu on March 8, 1280

March 8, 2015

GM ——————————* DIGNITY * ———————————–

One who can calmly and imperturbably handle a crisis or confront the three strong enemies (Sanrui-no Goteki) is a person of dignity.

You are not qualified to be a leader if you are swayed by such problems. Tell the members firmly, “Don’t worry. We can change poison into medicine, can’t we? This is all happening exactly as the Daishonin said it would, so there’s nothing to get upset about.” Take a broad view of the situation from the standpoint of faith and guide the members accordingly. Seeing your air of calm dignity, they’ll feel reassured and take courage.

An individual of dignity can confidently Shakubuku anyone, even a famous personality or someone with high social standing. They can convincingly assert their views on current affairs and life-philosophy.

Some leaders within our organization might appear important, but unless they are equally valued in society, they do not have true dignity. A dictionary calls it, “The quality or state of being worthy.”

All phenomena are part of Buddhism. One who takes leadership in life based on this conviction is a great hero and an individual of dignity.

*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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