For Today & Tomorrow, March 29th
Molly Brown was on board the Titanic when it tragically sunk in 1912. Although she knew the ship was taking on water, she shouted to a panic-stricken fellow passenger: “There’s no danger. It simply can’t go down, because I’m on it and I’m unsinkable.” Her bantering words, which rang out with the determination never to be defeated and never to give in to despair are said to have given courage to her fellow passengers. Those who stand up at a crucial moment demonstrate genuine greatness.
Buddhism Day by Day
March 29, 2015
Nichiren spoke of earthly desires being used as fuel for the flame of wisdom. Buddhism teaches the converting of personal ambitions and desires, even base ones, into good traits like wisdom through altruistic living. A Buddhist doctrine that earthly desires are enlightenment indicate that greed, anger (violence) and egocentrism can be transformed into altruistic traits like compassion, trust and nonviolence. The underlying delusions that drive our desires — including the desire for the development of science and civilization — can be essentially transformed in a way that changes selfishness into altruism, violence into nonviolence and suspicion into trust.
Wisdom for Modern Life
From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Now, if you wish to attain Buddhahood, you have only to lower the banner of your arrogance, cast aside the staff of your anger, and devote yourself exclusively to the one vehicle of the Lotus Sutra. Worldly fame and profit are mere baubles of your present existence, and arrogance and prejudice are tires that will fetter you in the next one. Ah, you should be ashamed of them! And you should fear them, too!
Questions and Answers about Embracing the Lotus Sutra
Recipient unknown; written in March 1263
March 29, 2015
GM ————————-” PLANNING AND ACTION “—————————
When you take action, set a goal and map out a plan. However, life never goes exactly as planned.
EVEN in battle, it’s not unusual to advance, thinking, “The enemy’s over there,” only to discover that the enemy is actually behind you.
PLANNING is like strategical map or knowledge put onto paper. Daily life and activities involve the practical application of knowledge. It’s vital to use good judgement according to the circumstances (Zuien Shinnyo-no Chi)
GOVERNMENT offices devoted solely to planning do, in fact, cause many failures. When emergency measures are conducted in accordance with Zuien Shinnyo-no Chi, they will be more effective. If everything went exactly as planned, every single organization and business would succeed.
IN carrying out our campaign, it’s important to make a plan and put it into practice, experiencing trials and errors until you can match theory with reality. (pgs. 59-60)
*Zuien Shinnyo-no Chi* even my rough translation – needs a translation. My rough guess is having a back up plan raises the odds for success and being effective in handling situations. Tokio Yamada-san can you help us?
*GM. Refers to Guidance Memo*
The World Tribune Press 1975
*Chapter One: Leaders
*Guidance in1975, hold true today, in 2015*