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Monday, September 12, 2016

[SGI-ToMyFriends-Wagatomo] 12th Sep. 2016 Daily Gosho + 13th Sep. Daily Encouragement


* Japan has a national press holiday today to give all those involved in making and delivering a newspaper a short break so there is no Seikyo Shinbun today and hence no "To My Friends," but all the rest…that carries on!!

Monday, September 12th, 2016
"Winter always turns to spring."

(Winter Always Turns to Spring 
- WND, Vol. I, page 536)
Selection source: Tohoku Soka Gakkai member's experience, 
Seikyo Shinbun, September 11th, 2016

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016
"A discussion only needs two people; a gathering of two is a perfectly fine discussion meeting. For example, if only one other person shows up for a meeting, welcome them heartily and say: 'Great! This will give us a chance to talk in depth.' Then, spend the meeting listening to their problems and thoughts.

"President Toda said: 'At Gakkai meetings, even if there are only one or two people present, it's important to give them your undivided attention, to talk to them about Nichiren Buddhism, and engage in a sincere and inspiring discussion.'

"Because President Toda fully grasped the importance of discussion meetings, he gave detailed advice on how they should be conducted. He was also very strict about the attitude of leaders toward discussion meetings.

"I'd like to share some of his guidance on this subject that I have recorded over the years:

* If you always have the same people saying the same thing each time, you'll end up with stale, monotonous discussion meetings, where the spirit of leading new people to practise the Daishonin's Buddhism has been forgotten. Please remember the importance of bringing new people to discussion meetings.

* Discussion meetings are not events where members gather to hear some important leader speak. Discussion meetings are a place for members to engage in heart-to-heart conversations about faith. They start with sincere one-to-one interaction.

* Whether speaking at discussion meetings or giving study lectures, leaders need to rouse the Soka Gakkai spirit in people's hearts.

* If the central figure has strong faith, the discussion meeting can also manifest the worlds of Buddhahood and Bodhisattva.

* Become accomplished speakers! Become good listeners! Depending on how you communicate your message, people will gladly take action. People can never be rallied by rebukes, pressure, or orders.

 "These are all important instructions to remember, and I hope you will take them to heart and put them into practise."

SGI Newsletter No. 9417, Guidelines for Leaders Striving on the Front Lines of Kosen-rufu [Part 3 of 5] — Part 2  Activities — Home Visits and Encouragement, translation released 5th July, 2016

* The Japanese kanji is available by clicking on Seikyo Shinbun's web-site address at

--- KYO  NO GOSHO ---
(Gosho Zenshu - Page 1253)


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