Buddhism Day by Day
March 12, 2015
THE HUMAN BEING is not a frail wretch at the mercy of fate. Shakyamuni insisted that to change oneself now is the change the future on a vast scale.
The Western impression that Buddhism is all about meditation is alien to the spirit of Shakyamuni. The goal of Nichiren Buddhism is neither escape from reality nor passive acceptance. It is to live strongly, proactively, in such a way as to refine one’s own life and reform society through a constant exchange between the outside world and the individual’s inner world.
Wisdom for Modern Life
March 12, 2015
As SGI Members our Work, Our Mission is Clear. We have the unparalleled task of working for the happiness of all humanity in an endeavor we call kosen-rufu. To participate in SGI activities and challenge ourselves earnestly on the path of our mission are the greatest happiness. It all comes down to whether we can appreciate this point.
For Today & Tomorrow
From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Thursday, March 12, 2015
I recently received an official pardon, and I will return to Kamakura. Can this be the year in which the passage “What I long ago hoped for has now been fulfilled” come true for me?
Without your protection, could I possibly have sustained my life? Could I have survived to be pardoned? My life’s achievements are due entirely to you and to those like you.
Letter to Endo Saemon-no-jo
Written to Endo Saemon-no-jo on March 12, 1274
March 12, 2015
GM —————————-* LEADING THE WAY *————————–
The principle of guidance is basic to the SGI. Guidance is leading members to the Gohonzon, saying, “Let’s chant Daimoku.” It is of secondary importance to explain what the Gohonzon is. Guidance means to lead people to chant Daimoku and to participate in specific Gakkai activities.
Suppose a member asks you a question. You can guide them even if you do not know the answer. You can say, “Lets go ask another leader who can answer your question.” This is good guidance. Don’t get caught up in merely teaching members from A to Z by yourself. Leading the way has far more value, as it forestalls stalemate and open the way to limitless growth.
Teaching others while pretending to have knowledge is a form of hypocrisy and inevitably leads to a deadlock. Our basic approach is guidance. Sometimes, of course, we also need to teach, train or protect the members. The principle of guidance includes all of these elements.
If you forget the spirit of guidance, you will be side-tracked by your emotions or become authoritarian. Mercy should always underlie guidance. It’s cowardly to avoid your responsibility by leaving a person’s problem up to another leader without making an effort to help solve it.
Don’t feel hesitant when you give guidance. Frankly tell people about your fervent conviction toward Kosen-rufu. Warmly encourage them by relating kosen-rufu. Warmly encourage them by relating your own experiences. Youthful guidance with a sense of freshness and originality in important. Disregard formality, keep abreast of the times and give guidance with true Buddhism as the basis.
When you go to an outlying area on a guidance tour, you should give full consideration to the future development of that locale. Your unwise leadership and self-satisfied attitude become obvious if your guidance is geared only to fit the occasion. Neither should your guidance be overly influenced by the schedule prepared by local leaders. From a perspective broader than their own, you should be able to drive home the wedge for the future development of each locale you visit.
Compassion is important in giving guidance. You’re to blame, though, if you don’t say what you should. Your strict guidance can be the cause of a member’s great development. When leaders give guidance in high spirits, their members will also become high-spirited. This is in keeping with the principles of the fusion of subject and object (Kyochi Myogo) and the inseparability of a person and his environment (Esho Funi).
Every guidance should be based on the conviction that it will awaken the member to faith and be the motivation for a lifelong practice. (pgs. 38-40)
*GM. Refers to Guidance Memo*
The World Tribune Press 1975
*Chapter One: Leaders
*Guidance in1975, hold true today, in 2015*