March 20, 2015

Buddhism Day by Day
March 20, 2015

BUDDHISM aims to make people free in the most profound sense; its purpose is not to restrict or constrain. Buddhist prayer is a right, not an obligation. Because Buddhism entails practice, tenacious efforts are required, but these are all for your own sake. If you want to have great benefits or to develop a profound state of life, you should exert yourself accordingly.

Wisdom for Modern Life
Daisaku Ikeda

Daily Encouragement
March 20, 2015

There May Be Times When Life Seems Gloomy and Dull. When we feel stuck in some situation or other, when we are negative toward everything, when we feel lost and bewildered, not sure which way to turn — at such times we must transform our passive mind-set and determine, “I will proceed along the path.” “I will pursue my mission today.” When we do so a genuine springtime arrives in our hearts, and flowers start to blossom.

For Today & Tomorrow
Daisaku Ikeda

Daily Wisdom

From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Friday, March 20, 2015

It is impossible to fathom one’s karma.
Iron, when heated in the flames and pounded, becomes a find sword.
Worthies and sages are tested by abuse.
My Present exile is not because of any secular crime. It is solely so that I may expiate in this lifetime my past grave offenses and be freed in the next from the three evil paths.

(WND, 303)
Letter from Sado
Written to Toki Jonin on March 20, 1272

March 20, 2015

GM ——————-” OFFICIAL AND PERSONAL MATTERS “—————

Former President Toda would tell us, “Don’t listen to your wife, but listen to her.” He meant that we should never listen to our wives concerning official affairs of the organization, but pay attention to what they say about personal affairs and the promotion of kosen-rufu requires decisions made and put into practice on the basis of our self-awakening and sense of responsibility. A chief should consult with his assistants. This is essential to making decisions. For example, a chapter chief should consult with the district chiefs, who practice closely together with him.

Even if a chapter chief’s wife is the chapter women’s leader, he should not be swayed by her. He should be impartial and draw a strict line between official and personal affairs; otherwise, she will lead the chapter. This is the way of a true leader. The strength of our organization lies in the strict distinction between official and personal matters.

You should listen to your wife because she worries about you and heed her advice concerning personal matters and affairs close to you. But pay no attention when she speaks of others or informs you of a rumor. (pg.49)

*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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