Daily Wisdom From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, April 18, 2015

Buddhism Day by Day
April 18, 2015

WE live in the midst of a flood of soulless information. And, the more we rely on one-way communication, like radio or TV, or static and unmoving words in print, the more I feel the need to stress the value of sound of the human voice. The simple but precious interaction of voice and voice, person and person, the exchange of life with life.

Wisdom for Modern Life
Daisaku Ikeda

Daily Encouragement
April 18, 2015

THOSE WHO ADVANCE TOGETHER WITH THIS ORGANIZATION
that is dedicated to kosen-rufu and pervaded by benefit will evolve the correct mind of faith that matches the time. With this mind of faith you can fill the canvas of your lives with portraits of happiness in which all your wishes are fulfilled.

For Today & Tomorrow
Daisaku Ikeda

Daily Wisdom

From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Friday, April 18, 2015

WERE it not for presence of the “Life Span” chapter among all the teachings of Shakyamuni, they would be like the heavens without the sun and moon, a kingdom without a king, the mountains and seas without treasures, or a person without a soul. This being so, without the “Life Span’ chapter, all the sutras would be meaningless.

(WND, 183-84)
The Essence of the “Life Span” Chapter
Recipient unknown, written on April 17, 1271

April 18, 2015

GM —————————–” PAST AND PRESENT “——————————-

WHEN all the leaders tackle their campaigns, earnestly considering the future of the Soka Gakkai, that is Kosen-rufu and the lifelong practice for enlightenment (Issho Jobutsu)

YOU may have won a hundred thousand campaigns in the past, but if you give up now, all your efforts will be meaningless. Even a million times zero equals zero. That’s how strict Buddhism is.

NICHIRO, one of the six elder priests who were disciples of Nichiren Daishonin, fought hard for Kosen-rufu. Today, however, he is considered a heretical priest, and all his accomplishments count for nothing because he abandoned faith after the Daishonin’s death. Buddhism thus teaches us to keep faith until the last moment of our lives.

IT is shallow and obsolete to think that leaders are appointed solely on the basis of their Shakubuku ability. Unless we carefully evaluate people’s capabilities in giving guidance, carrying out activities, planning and so on from a long-range viewpoint, we cannot raise leaders for the new era.

THE term Gento means present and future. President Toda once said, “Gen of Gento means master, while to indicates disciples.” When leaders neglect their own progress, their members will suffer. In order to create a new era, each of us must become a capable leader who can keep abreast of the times.

LEAVE the past behind. You should advance with a strong Ichinen based on faith and develop about your past accomplishments. No matter how brilliant they were, the glory is fleeting. It is like one scene from a dream.
NOW is the time to build a foundation for your development as a great leader who can meet the needs of the people.

DON’T be caught up in the past. Become a leader who will help materialize a new society filled with hope.

ELDERLY people tend to cling to the past, but youth should live with the future in mind. “The two existences of present and future” (Gento Nise) means to aim toward the future from the basis of the present. With the spirit of Gento Nise, you can transform the past into the mainspring of a vibrant future. When it comes to faith, age makes no difference.
(pgs. 79-81)

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

*Guidance in1975, hold true today, in 2015*

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