Daily Encouragement March 16, 2015 Kosen-rufu Day

Buddhism Day by Day
March 16, 2015
Kosen-rufu Day (1958)

There is no other course for us but to entrust everything to the youth. This holds true for families. businesses and countries. Youth are vitally important to the world and the human race. The key to eternal development lies in fostering, encouraging and training youth who will lead the way to a new era.

Wisdom for Modern Life
Daisaku Ikeda

Daily Encouragement
March 16, 2015
Kosen-rufu Day

Kosen-rufu Day, is called such because in 1958: More than 6,000 youth attend a ceremony at the head temple where President Josei Toda passes responsibility for the spread of the Daishonin’s Buddhism to all youth division members.
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MARCH 16, KOSEN-RUFU DAY.
The spirit of this day lies not in magnificent ceremonies or high-sounding words. It lies in being victorious. That is the most crucial thing in all endeavors. In life and in kosen-rufu, we either win or lose. I would like you to be absolutely victors in both. No matter what excuses we try to make, giving in to defeat brings misery and loses us the respect of others. I hope each of you without exception will adorn your life with indestructible triumph.

For Today & Tomorrow
Daisaku Ikeda

Daily Wisdom

From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Monday, March 16, 2015
Kosen-rufu Day (1958)

Now, at the beginning of the Latter Day of the Law, I, Nichiren, am the first to embark on propagating, throughout Jambudvipa, the five characters of Myoho-renge-kyo, which are the heart of the Lotus Sutra and the eye of all Buddhas.

(WND, 764-65)
The Actions of the Votary of the Lotus Sutra
Written to the lay nun Konichi in 1276

March 16, 2015
Kosen-rufu Day (1958)

GM ——————————-” ASSISTANCE *———————————

When you accompany members to help them do Shakubuku in an outlying area, they will not be pleased or trust you unless you produce results. You have failed miserably if your hosts think of you as a nuisance. In assisting members in Shakubuku, warmly support their leader and make them all stand up with confidence.

Even when it is your help that achieves successful results, give full credit to the local leaders. The organization won’t function through strategy alone. Only when an individual exercises his full potential as a leader will the organization move.

Everything depends on the leader’s willingness to fight. Tactics have little to do with faith. A leader should take charge of an inactive district and make it prosper by personally encouraging the members and setting an example through his own practice of Buddhism.

At the same time, a visiting leader should not be swayed by a single district alone. He should maintain a view of the whole, exercising reserve and confidence in leadership. Though a leader may devote himself diligently to a given area, the organization as a whole will be weakened if he fails to see the broader aspects. (pgs.45-46)

*GM. Refers to Guidance Memo*
The World Tribune Press 1975
*Chapter One: Leaders
Daisaku Ikeda

*Guidance in1975, hold true today, in 2015*

First SGI-USA WD mtg.
@ SUA Feb. 27, 1990
March 16, 2015
Kosen-rufu Day (1958)

Mutual Respect

We are a gathering of the Buddha’s children. Therefore, if we respect one another, our good fortune will multiply infinitely, like an image reflected back and forth among mirrors. A person who practices alone cannot experience this tremendous multiplication of benefit.

In short, the environment that you find yourself in, whether favorable or not, is the product of your own life. Most people, however, fail to understand this and tend to blame others for their troubles. Nichiren Daishonin states: “These people, failing to recognize their own rudeness, seem to think that I am rude. They are like a jealous woman with furious eyes who, unaware that when she glares at a courtesan her own expression is disagreeable, instead complains that the courtesan’s gaze is frightening” (WND-1, 828). The Daishonin explains human psychology in such a clear and easy-to-understand manner.

There are people who, out of malice, have criticized and sought to oppress us, the Daishonin’s disciples. But, reflected in the mirror of the world of the Mystic Law, such people see only their own faults, ambitions, and greed and therefore slander their own reflections. To a person who is possessed by the lust for power, even the most selfless, benevolent actions of others will appear as cunning moves undertaken to gain power. Similarly, to a person who has strong desire for fame, actions based on conviction and consideration will be seen as publicity stunts. Those who have become slaves of money simply cannot believe that there are people in the world who are strangers to the desire for wealth.

In contrast, an unusually kind and good-natured person will tend to believe that all others are the same. To a greater or lesser extent, all people tend to see their own reflection in others.

In the SGI-USA, there are a great number of people who are full of good will and intentions. In a sense, some might be even too good-natured and trusting — to the extent that I fear deceitful people could mislead them. (pgs. 20-21)

* WND. Refers to the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin *
Buddhism is the Clear Mirror That Reflects OUR LIVES
by Daisaku Ikeda

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