Buddhism Day by Day
March 13, 2015
In the face of rejection, you must learn to be courageous. It is important to believe in yourself. Be like the sun, which shines on serenely even though not all the heavenly bodies reflect back its light and even though some of its
brilliance seems to radiate only into empty space. While those who reject your friendship may sometimes fade out of your life, the more you shine your light, the more brilliant your life will become.
Wisdom for Modern Life
March 13, 2015
IF WE DON’T PRACTICE GONGYO, THE RHYTHM OF OUR LIVES
will be thrown off kilter, just as a machine that isn’t oiled will rust. Gongyo and chanting diamoku are like starting automobile’s engine every day and driving in the direction of happiness and truth. By doing so day after day, you will gradually attain perfect unity with the universe and the Law. That state is the state of the Buddha.
For Today & Tomorrow
From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Friday, March 13, 2015
Abutsu-bo is therefore the treasure tower itself, and the treasure tower is Abutsu-bo himself. No other knowledge is purposeful. It is the treasure tower adorned with the seven kinds of treasures — hearing the correct teaching, believing it, keeping the precepts, engaging in meditation, practicing assiduously, renouncing one’s attachments, and reflecting on oneself. You may think you offered gifts to the treasure tower of the Thus Come One Many Treasures, but that is not so. You offered them to yourself.
On the Treasure Tower
Written to Abutsu-bo Niitoku on March 13, 1272
March 13, 2015
GM ——————————* REPORTING *———————————–
There are two kinds of reports. One can be understood as it stands, but the other cannot be taken at face value. A report will vary according to the character of the person who is giving it. Some people are apt to underestimate things, while others overestimate things and still others are easily deceived. Therefore, you should first of all judge the character of the person who makes the report.
The way someone views a situation changes according to his mental and physical condition. For this reason, you may misjudge a matter if you fall to perceive the inner state or real motivation of the person reporting. A leader should master the ability to draw accurate conclusions upon seeing someone or hearing him report.
Our organization deals with human lives, which are infinitely precious, yet some leaders still forget to communicate with or to contact others, or remain in the dark about matters they should fully understand. This is proof that they lack mercy.
Buddha means Honshin Nyorai, a person of wisdom. The function of Buddha is mercy. Some leaders forget such crucial points because they don’t us good judgement or because they’re inconsiderate. As they develop their faith, however, they will be able to fulfill all their responsibilities successfully.
Don’t always expect good reports. Always be ready to receive unfavorable reports. Good reports present no need to worry, but bad reports demand your full attention and require immediate action. In such cases, a leader must be capable of judging whether a report has been made conscientiously or not.
The first thing to remember is to report facts just as they are. What’s, more, don’t think your own responsibility is over just because you make a report. Leaders should have the conviction to guide members on the spot and resolve any problem.
You should be able to report the number of people present when you attend
a meeting, regardless of how many there are. Leaders cannot become great if they’re unaware of the presence of troublemakers or shirk their responsibility, thinking that someone else will take care of it.
Responsibility is hard, but you can only develop yourself when you’re determined to take it on. (pgs.41-43)
*GM. Refers to Guidance Memo*
The World Tribune Press 1975
*Chapter One: Leaders
*Guidance in1975, hold true today, in 2015*