Daily Guidance

DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“The Soka Gakkai will forever follow the great path of the Middle Way, for that is the essence of Buddhism.

“Looking back on the process by which he attained enlightenment, Shakyamuni said he had awakened to the Middle Way, transcending the extremes of hedonism and asceticism.

“In ‘On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime,’ the Daishonin explains the true significance of the Middle Way: ‘Life is indeed an elusive reality that transcends both the words and concepts of existence and non-existence. It is neither existence nor nonexistence, yet exhibits the qualities of both. It is the mystic entity of the Middle Way that is the ultimate reality. Myo is the name given to the mystic nature of life. (WND –1, 4)

“The Middle Way is not a neutral or passive state, nor an averaging of two extremes. Rather, it is the process of attaining the way in accord with truth and reason. It is living based on a complete and holistic view of life.“

The Buddhism of the Sun—Illuminating The World, [49] Celebrating May 3rd-A Proud Citadel of Ordinary People with the Mission of Bodhisattvas of the Earth, The Soka Gakkai Follows the Great Path of the Middle Way, May 2019

Daily Guidance

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“The Soka Gakkai’s aim is that our grassroots movement will become a ‘pillar’ supporting peace around the world; serve as ‘eyes’ that keenly discern the future and are focused on creating hope; and be a ‘great ship’ with the compassion to take on board all living beings, uniting the world, crossing the rough seas of our times and opening a new page of happiness and peace for humankind.

“With the conviction that we are on ‘a sure course to historic achievement,’* our ship sets out eagerly on a hope-filled voyage to spread the Daishonin’s teachings across the globe, as “the mast of the one true teaching of the Middle Way [Nam-myoho-renge-kyo]’** (WND –1, 34) stands in the centre.

“This simile has profound meaning. If we can ride out the tempestuous seas, eventually the waters will grow calm once more. In the turbulent waves of history, we can see the dauntless ability of humanity to surmount all hardships. Even in the face of conflicts and natural disasters, we can robustly restore and rebuild our lives. Such is the resilience and fortitude of ordinary people. As long as ‘the mast of the one true teaching of the Middle Way“ stands firm, we can keep sailing onwards.“

The Buddhism of the Sun—Illuminating The World, [49

DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“In the Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings, under the heading ‘Chapter Fifteen: Emerging from the Earth / One important point,’ the Daishonin says: ‘Nichiren and his followers, who now chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, are all [to be counted among] these bodhisattvas who emerged from the earth’ (OTT, 118). This passage is important documentary proof that all Soka Gakkai members are Bodhisattvas of the Earth with a lofty mission.

“Anyone who stands up to spread the Mystic Law is a Bodhisattva of the Earth. Such people are bodhisattvas who are one with the eternal Buddha and whose lives brim with ‘merits that are without beginning and without end‘(OTT, 119).

“The above passage states that the Bodhisattvas of the Earth are ‘possessors of the essential or original Law’ (OTT, 119). They are the ‘true disciples’* who have embraced the original Law of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and have vowed to dedicate their lives to propagating it in the strife-filled saha world.“

The Buddhism of the Sun—Illuminating The World, [49]

— DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —

Monday, March 30th, 2020
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“As the Daishonin states in The Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings: ‘Morning after morning we rise up with the Buddha, evening after evening we lie down with the Buddha’ (OTT, 83).

“All we need to do is keep pressing ahead in our faith day after day, steadily and patiently, with confidence and good cheer. In this way, we will experience gratitude and the joy of faith amid our seemingly ordinary lives. Even if, as we age, we can’t get about as easily as we once could, we can encourage others over the phone or in writing. We can chant for their happiness and victory….

“As long as we continue chanting to the Gohonzon each day and practising alongside our mentor and our fellow members, we will have no cause for anxiety or fear. We will reside in a realm of complete security and peace of mind.

“ The purpose of our Buddhist practice is to attain indestructible happiness, no matter what. It enables us to continue our eternal journey experiencing joy in both life and death.“

The Buddhism of the Sun—Illuminating the World, [48

Daily Guidance – maybe out of date, but always relevant!

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

SGI President Ikeda’s Words of Encouragement

ENGRAVING THE DAISHONIN’S WRITINGS IN OUR HEARTS:

WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT FROM SGI PRESIDENT IKEDA

(28) Our Prayer for Kosen-rufu Can Make the Impossible Possible

I, Nichiren, have inscribed my life in sumi ink, so believe in the Gohonzon with your whole heart. The Buddha’s will is the Lotus Sutra, but the soul of Nichiren is nothing other than Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. From “Reply to Kyo’o” (WND-1, 412).

The Gohonzon is the embodiment of the life of Nichiren Daishonin, the Buddha of the Latter Day of the Law. When we believe in the Gohonzon and steadfastly chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo for the sake of kosen-rufu, our life comes to shine as the “treasure tower,” an object of fundamental respect. We can bring forth lionlike courage and boundless wisdom, and transform any karma.

The power of unshakable conviction in the Mystic Law can turn all negative workings into positive functions. Together with the Daishonin, let us continue to illuminate society and humanity with the light of the unsurpassed philosophy of respect for the dignity of life.

(Translated from the March 24, 2020, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, the Soka Gakkai daily newspaper)

Youth-led initiatives for Europe towards May 3rd

• Europe-wide daimoku campaign: “123 Be the Light!”
At the this unprecedented time with the spread of Coronavirus in Europe, we want to respond by taking this as an opportunity to forge an even stronger, more unshakable bond as One Europe with Sensei through uniting in prayer.

We are inviting every country to join a Europe-wide daimoku campaign, using our slogan “123 Be the Light”, which means challenging 1 hour daimoku, 20 minutes of study and to “Be the Light” to 3 people every day. We invite everyone to record their daimoku on this counter and we will display the total of daimoku recorded every day at this link: Bit.ly/123bethelight

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• Daily encouragement
Alongside this daimoku campaign we will send a daily encouragement via our private account Instagram.com/oneeuropewithsensei.
Only subscribers to this account with be able to see this daily encouragement we have selected from Sensei’s guidances. In addition, for non-Instagram users we will update the link “bit.ly/123bethelight” with the daily encouragement.

• Domei Gongyo and Daimoku
We propose to aim towards significant Soka Gakkai anniversaries and hold domei commemorative gongyo and daimoku (like we held on March 14th and 15th). The next one will be held on April 2nd (7pm gongyo chanting until 8pm CET)and then again on May 3rd (11am gongyo chanting until 12pm CET).

In June 2018, Daisaku Ikeda and Adolfo Pérez Esquivel issued an appeal to young people: “To the Youth of the World: An Appeal for Resilience and Hope” they state:

The two of us have lived through the storms of war and violence of the twentieth century. These experiences drive our insistent efforts to expand the bonds of friendship among peoples across ethnic and religious differences. We now feel compelled to reach out to the youth of the twenty-first century and to entrust to them the task of holding high, with courage and pride, the torch of friendship, unity in diversity.

Youth of Europe, the time is now to respond to our mentor’s call. United as One Europe with Sensei, let’s be the light! Holding high “the torch of friendship, unity in diversity”, together let’s spread hope and fight to bring peace and security across Europe! European Youth Committee, 23/03/2020

News from Japan

Dear Friends,

Yesterday, Sensei’s encouragement to continue learning was included on the first page of the Seikyo ShimbunNews from Japan

Tentative Translation

Ikeda Sensei – Encouragement of the Four Seasons – Those who continuously learn are wise – Seikyo Shimbun 22nd March

Those who learn are strong.
Those who continuously learn
Have nothing to fear.
They do not have to be frightened of anyone. To be able to learn,

Is one of the capacities that people possess. Therefore learning is a right.
Not a duty.

Leaning is a light of life.
And learning is the formula for victory in life. How can we
Cultivate our spiritual foundation
And nurture rich emotions?
I think that there are various ways,
But I would suggest that reading
Is one of the important ones.
By reading many books,
You can deepen your deliberation.
Reading and contemplation
Are indispensable nutriments for our mind And a crucial pillar
To establish a great self.
The sun rises every day, no matter what.
In the same way, I hope that
You will confidently make efforts
Patiently, tirelessly.
Making one effort after another,
In this the power can be found

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To stimulate creativity, personality, endurance and challenge. Those who live true to their convictions have no regrets.
All the more, you who possess this great Buddhism
Do not need to regret anything at all.

Buddhism always is about “From now on! “ It is the philosophy of hope
Always advancing forward,
Saying “Here goes! “

Wise people
Are those who learn lifelong.
They are those with vibrant ambitions
And a seeking spirit.
We, who daily study the Mystic Law
And put it into action
Are living the highest and wisest way of life, Because we know
This Law that permeates life and the universe. Let’s live wisely!

*Ikeda Sensei took this picture in June 1983 in Bucharest/Romania