Daily Encouragement April 28, 2015

Buddhism Day by Day
April 28, 2015

WHEN DELUDED, one is called an ordinary being, but when enlightened, one is called a Buddha. This is similar to a tarnished mirror that will shine like a jewel when polished. A mind now clouded by the illusions of the innate darkness of life is like a tarnished mirror, but when polished, it is sure to become like a clear mirror, reflecting the essential nature of phenomena and the true aspect of reality. Arouse deep faith, and diligently polish your mirror day and night. How should you polish it? Only by chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo

Wisdom for Modern Life
Daisaku Ikeda

Daily Encouragement
April 28, 2015
1253: Nichiren Diashonin chants Nam-myoho-renge-kyo for the first time.

each day! Nichiren Daishonin writes, “There is no great happiness for human beings than chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. The sutra [Lotus Sutra] says, ‘The people there [in my land] are happy and at ease'” (MW-1, 161). There is no joy, happiness and ease surpassing what we can attain through chanting diamoku. No matter how much you may pursue the things you love and skip gongyo to have a good time — all such fleeting, worldly pleasures pale beside the deep sense of satisfaction that comes from chanting diamoku.

For Today & Tomorrow
Daisaku Ikeda

Daily Wisdom

From the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism Established (1253)

The greater the hardship befalling him, the greater delight he feels, because of his strong faith. Doesn’t a fire burn more briskly when logs are added? All rivers flow into the sea, but does the sea turn back their waters? The currents of hardship pour into the sea of the Lotus Sutra and rush against its votary. The river is not rejected suffering. Were it not for the flowing rivers, there would be no sea. Lifewise, without tribulation there would be no votary of the Lotus Sutra.

(WND, 33)
A Ship to Cross the Sea of Suffering
Written to Shiji Shiro on April 28, 1261

April 28, 2015

GM ————————–” SENIORS AND JUNIORS ” ————————–

SAKYAMUNI felt great joy at watching Sharihotsu and his other disciples grow, and he paid them heartfelt respect for their efforts. Sakyamuni totally devoted himself to training disciples for the eternal prosperity of Buddhism.

IN the Sokagakkai too, there are many top-level leaders who trust each other and carry out activities in strong unity. Seniors should respect their members and sincerely want them to grow. Junior should not only respect their seniors but resolve to develop and surpass them, becoming the foundation of the Sokagakkai. Both seniors and juniors alike should hold fast to the Gakkai spirit to ensure the prosperity of Buddhism for the future.

THE person who has a firm connection with good leaders will be strong. Strangely, those who remain alone don’t develop. Approach you seniors with a seeking spirit and don’t rely on cheap tactics. Nothing is stronger than truth, and in the Gakkai, you needn’t worry about trying to impress people. What counts is to follow your seniors. (p. 89)

*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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