Daily Wisdom From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin Sunday, April 19, 2015

Buddhism Day by Day
April 19, 2015

GRASS AND TREES CANNOT GROW WITHOUT SOIL.
The “soil” that fosters our growth includes our parents, teachers, seniors; or homeland, Alma mater, community or company. In any case, everyone has some place where they grew up or someone who nurtured them.
Human beings grow as a result of nurturing “soil” in which they express their ability and make the flowers of their lives blossom, just as the spirit of the rice plant returns to the soil and the stalk sprouts to flowers and bear grain once again. We should repay our debts of gratitude to this soil in which we develop. This cycle of repaying gratitude will envelop one’s whole existence. Your true humanity will never blossom if you seek only to develop yourself.

Wisdom for Modern Life
Daisaku Ikeda

Daily Encouragement
April 19, 2015

AT A CRUCIAL MOMENT IT IS THE STRENGTH AND COURAGE
of ordinary people who have no name or position in society that save the day. The famous, the well-connected, almost always have too much to lose, and they abandon the cause in order to protect themselves.

For Today & Tomorrow
Daisaku Ikeda

Daily Wisdom

From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Saturday, April 19, 2015

THE human mind is inconstant; it is ever-changing and unfixed . I thought it wondrous that you pledged faith in my teachings while I was in the province of Sado, and your sincerity in sending your husband all the way here is even more remarkable. The provinces we live in are far apart, and months and years have passed, so I was concerned that you might slacken in your resolve. However, you are increasingly demonstrating the depth of your faith and accumulating good deeds. Surely this is not a result of practice over just one or two previous lifetimes.

(WND, 491)
Reply to the lay Priest of Ko
Written to the lay Priest of Ko on April 12, 1275

YOKO ONO – NAMYOHORENGEKYO

April 19, 2015

GM —————————–” PRAISE AND SCOLDING “————————–

BASICALLY, there are four types of people. Some individuals are spurred on to greater efforts and develop themselves when they are praised. Some grow from the experience of being praised at first and then scolded later on. A third group develops when they are scolded, while others are scolded and still don’t grow. Few people develop just from being praised. You should be grateful and happy that there are people who take the trouble to scold you so that you can grow.

SCOLDING or reprimands from your leaders serve as the motivation power to change your destiny and also further your own development. It’s your own devil-nature that makes you try to avoid being scolded. The spirit to go for guidance no matter what you’re told shows a seeking mind. (pgs. 81-82)

*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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