Daily Encouragement April 3, 2015

Buddhism Day by Day
April 3, 2015

A life lived without purpose or value, the kind in which one doesn’t know the reason why one was born, is joyless and lackluster. To just live, eat and die without any real sense of purpose surely represents a life pervaded by the life-state of animals. On the other hand, to do, create or contribute something that benefits others, society and ourselves and to dedicate ourselves as long as we live up to that challenge — that is a life of true satisfaction, a life of value. It is a humanistic and lofty way to live.

Wisdom for Modern Life
Daisaku Ikeda

Daily Encouragement
April 3, 2015

From One Perspective, GONGYO and DAIMOKU are LYRICS and SONGS. They are an ode to life. I hope, therefore, that your gongyo and daimoku will be such that even people who are not practicing will be favorably impressed by the sonorous and invigorating sound of your voices.
That too will contribute to the spread of kosen-rufu.

For Today & Tomorrow
Daisaku Ikeda

Daily Wisdom

From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Friday, April 3, 2015

If one doubts the strength of the Buddha when he says, “I am the only person who can rescue and protect others”; if one is suspicious of the rope held out by the Lotus Sutra when its teaching declare that one can “gain entrance through faith alone”; if one fails to chant the Mystic Law which guarantees that “such a person assuredly and without doubt [will attain the Buddha way],” then the Buddha’s power cannot reach one, and it will be impossible to scale the embankment of enlightenment.

(WND, 59-60)
Questions and Answers about Embracing the Lotus Sutra
Recipient unknown; written in March 1263

April 3, 2015

GM —————————–” SELF – CONFIDENCE “—————————–

SOME people say they have no self-confidence, but all they need to do is be themselves. You don’t have to chant Daimoku loudly to receive benefits. It’s fine to chant in a calm voice if your heart is brimming with confidence. If you imitate others, you will lose your own characteristics and become a person of half measure. Cherry blossoms are only cherry blossoms, and chrysanthemums are nothing but chrysanthemums.

YOU may temporarily lose your self-confidence when scolded by a leader. However, when you regain it, that will be real self-confidence. Genuine self-confidence will not give way to reprimand. (p.65)

*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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