published in the Seikyo Shimbun and more.
August 16th-23th, 2015
-- WORDS OF THE WEEK --
Buddhist study in the SGI
Let's continue to hone and polish
*"The Soka Gakkai has advanced based on the strength of its members' solid grounding in Buddhist study, a pursuit that can be likened to the rigorous training of a master swordsman. Opening the pages of the Gosho with the spirit of receiving direct instruction and the guidance from the Daishonin himself, members everywhere have deepened their understanding of faith, practice, and study, summoned forth courage, and emerged victorious in their struggles for kosen-rufu. When we advance with the Gosho as our foundation, we will never be deadlocked." (Ref.: Lectures on The Opening of the Eyes by Daisaku Ikeda)
Sunday, August 16th, 2015
--- DAILY GOSHO ---
"It is said that, if a teacher has a good disciple, both will gain the fruit of Buddhahood, but if a teacher fosters a bad disciple, both will fall into hell. If teacher and disciple are of different minds, they will never accomplish anything."
(Flowering and Bearing Grain
Selection source: "Kyo no Hosshin",
Monday, August 17th, 2015
---- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT ----
"Buddhist compassion has two aspects—namely, freeing from suffering and bringing joy (cf. OTT, 173). The Japanese word for compassion (jihi) is written with two Chinese characters, which respectively represent the Sanskrit or Pali words maitrī, meaning friendship, and karunā or anukampa, meaning pity, sympathy, kindness, and empathy.
"In an early Buddhist text titled 'Loving-kindness,' we find the words: 'Whatever living beings there be: . . . seen or unseen, those dwelling far or near, those who are born or those who are to be born, may all beings be happy!' Those words show how expansive and all-inclusive compassion is in Buddhism.
"Such compassion is also impartial. It can be conceived as extending infinitely in all directions and eternally throughout time. By the same token, however, by its very nature, compassion is not focused in 'equal' portion upon everyone, but is directed especially to those who are suffering the most.
"The Daishonin recounts how Shakyamuni, as his death drew near, was most concerned about King Ajatashatru, who had committed terrible offenses. Quoting Shakyamuni explaining his worries, the Daishonin writes: 'Even if there are many children, the parents' hearts are with the child who is ill' (WND-1, 535).
"Who is suffering the most? Who needs our help most? It is those in our immediate environment who are suffering."
SGI Newsletter No. 9282, Learning from the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin: The Teachings for Victory,Special Lecture Commemorating January 26, Soka Gakkai International Day, The Mission of Our Soka Network: Bringing Humanity Together with the Spirit of Compassion, from the January 2015 Daibyakurenge, translation released 11th of August, 2015
--KONSHU NO KOTOBA--
GAKKAI NO KYOGAKU KENSAN WA
"KENGO NO SHUGYO" NARI.
CHIE TO YUKI NO
HOKEN O MIGAKIYUKE!
JINSEI SHORI NO TAMENI.
--- KYO NO GOSHO ---
"YOKI DESHI O MOTSU TOKINBA SHITEI BUKKA NI ITARI ASHIKI DESHI O TAKUWAINUREBA SHITEI JIGOKU NI OTSU TO IERI SHITEI SOISEBA NANIGOTO MO NASUBEKARAZU"
(Gosho Zenshu - Page 900)
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