Information and Guidance

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020
— TO MY FRIENDS —
Prayers that come from the heart 
for a peaceful and secure society connect all five continents of the world.
Now, together with our young people, 
who are full of hope
and who are preparing for the upcoming 
World Youth General Meeting,*
let’s create a fresh new history 
of kosen-rufu!

*A virtual SGI World Youth General Meeting will be on September 27,
2020.  Check out more details by clicking ==>>
https://wygm2020.sokayouth.jp/en/

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020
— DAILY GOSHO —
“Although I and my disciples may encounter various difficulties, if we do not harbour doubts in our hearts, we will as a matter of course attain Buddhahood. Do not have doubts simply because heaven does not lend you protection. Do not be discouraged because you do not enjoy an easy and secure existence in this life.”

(The Opening of the Eyes 
– WND, Vol. 1, page 283)

Daily Guidance

DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“‘Words and writing…are the medium through which [the] inseparable factors of the mental and physical make up of all living beings are revealed.”-From “Questions and Answers on the Various Schools.’ (WND–2, 18).“Through the written word, people can find precious value that benefits them, both mentally and physically. Writing that helps lead people to happiness and embodies the very life of the Buddha.“…Together let’s continue to share ‘words and writing’ that impart wisdom and hope for overcoming the difficult challenges of life and society with friends near and far!”Engraving the Daishonin’s Writings in Our Hearts [35], Sharing Hope-filled “Words and Writing” with People Near and Far, translated from the April 18th, 2020, issue of the Seikyo Newspaper, translation released August 2020

Weekend Words of Wisdom

Saturday, September 19th, 2020
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“‘If a person cannot manage to cross a moat 10 feet wide, how can he cross one that is a hundred or two hundred feet?’
– From ‘The Actions of the Votary of the Lotus Sutra’ (WND–1, 766).“The Mystic Law is the ultimate source of revitalisation. In these difficult times, it’s important for us to chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and challenge ourselves anew.“If we boldly take the first step, a hope-filled path will open before us. Small things matter. Steady, persevering efforts will enable us to fulfil our great mission.“Starting each day with prayer based on our vow from time without beginning, let us courageously keep crossing the ‘ten-foot-wide-moats’ that we encounter in our lives.”Engraving the Daishonin’s Writings in Our Hearts [31], Boldly Take a Step Forwards, translated from the April 3rd, 2020, issue of the Seikyo Newspaper, translation released August 2020

Inspiration for Today

Friday, September 18th, 2020
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-“‘Buddhism primarily concerns itself with victory or defeat, while secular authority is based on the principle of reward and punishment. For this reason, a Buddha is looked up to as the Hero of the World, while a king is called the one who rules at his will.’
– From “The Hero of the World” (WND-1, 835).
“A Buddha is a ‘Hero of the World,’ a person of courage who wins in society. People thriving on the stage of their mission as practitioners of the Mystic Law is the epitome of kosen-rufu.
“Reality is harsh. Challenges and struggles are inevitable. That is why the life force and wisdom we reveal through our practice of Nichiren Buddhism shine all the brighter. Those who base themselves on chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo can triumph without fail.
“I hope that all of you who are newly joining the workforce will advance resiliently with the invincible spirit of Soka. Please bring fresh energy to your workplaces and society with optimism and sincerity!”
Engraving the Daishonin’s Writings in Our Hearts [30], Bringing Fresh Energy to Your Workplaces and Society

Some Weekly Inspiration

WORDS OF THE WEEK —
The solidarity of youthful people
who are awakened to their missions as Bodhisattvas of the Earth
is the “pillar” for world peace,
the “eyes” for the dignity of life
and the “great ship” for global citizens.*
Let’s rally together a great gathering of youthful passion and power!**
*”I will be the pillar of Japan. I will be the eyes of Japan. I will be the great ship of Japan. This is my vow, and I will never forsake it!” – WND-1, page 280

**Ikeda Sensei set out on a journey for worldwide kosen-rufu on October 2nd, 1960. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of this significant date, the SGI Youth Division are holding a virtual World Youth General Meeting with their fellow successors across the globe on September 27th, 2020.

Sunday, September 13th, 2020
— DAILY GOSHO —
“And yet, though one might point at the earth and miss it, though one might bind up the sky, though the tides might cease to ebb and flow and the sun rise in the west, it could never come about that the prayers of the practitioner of the Lotus Sutra would go unanswered.”

(On Prayer – WND, Vol. 1, page 345)
Selection Source: “Kyo no Hosshin,” Seikyo Newspaper, September 13th 2020

Monday, September 14th 2020
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“‘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.’– From ‘Flowering and Bearing Grain’ (WND–1, 909).
“The spirit of oneness of mentor and disciple is the heart of Nichiren Buddhism. The mentor-disciple relationship is key to ensuring that the vow for kosen-rufu is carried on. When disciples strive with the same commitment as their mentor, the life state of the Bodhisattvas of the Earth pulses vibrantly within them. This is also the spirit of March 16th, Kosen-rufu Day.
“Our chanting of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is the same spirit as our mentor is an invincible lion’s roar; it enables us to open the way to victory in all things.
“The mentor is likened to the earth and the disciples to the trees and plants. The true way to repay our debt of gratitude to our mentor is to cause wonderful flowers of mission to bloom and bring forth the fruit of victory in our lives.”
Engraving the Daishonin’s Writings in Our Hearts, [26] The Spirit of Oneness of Mentor and Disciple is the Heart of Nichiren Buddhism, translated from the March 17th, 2020 issue of the Seikyo Newspaper, translation released August 2020.

Guidance

WORDS OF THE WEEK —
The Daishonin teaches,
“The seeds of Buddhahood sprout as a result of conditions.”*With both sincerity and wisdom
let’s try to make a connection with others and plant the seeds of Buddhahood in their lives for the sake of their happiness!When we share this Buddhism and its philosophy with others,
our own life state naturally elevates and expands.Let’s cause a chain reaction of courage and hope.

*Gosho: “The seeds of Buddhahood sprout as a result of conditions, and for this reason they preach the single vehicle.” – WND-1, page 1117

Weekend inspiration

Saturday, September 5th, 2020
— TO MY FRIENDS —
The key to fresh developments is by us taking on new challenges.By thinking to ourselves “Ok, come on, let’s give this a try!”
Let’s cheerfully take a step forwards
and together create the future!
Saturday, September 5th, 2020


— DAILY GOSHO —
“However, even a stranger, if you open up your heart to him, may be willing to lay down his life for you.”

(On Rebuking Slander of the Law and Eradicating Sins – WND, Vol. 1, page 444)
Selection Source: “Myoji no Gen,” Seikyo Newspaper, Sep. 5th, 2020

Sunday, September 6th, 2020
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“When I was studying under my mentor at what I call ‘Toda University,’ he shared with me the following passage from the Daishonin’s writings: “Birds that approach Mount Sumeru turn golden-hued” (WND–2, 671). He said that Mount Sumeru is like the Himalayas, and that by setting our sights on such high peaks and giving our all to overcome the challenges along the way, our lives come to shine brightly.
“…No matter how daunting the summits we encounter on our path to kosen-rufu, we the members of Soka, united by the bonds of mentor and disciple, will spread our wings of compassion and wisdom and soar courageously onwards.
“With the most beautiful unity in all the world, let us triumph over every difficulty to create a life-affirming song of victory and impart the golden-hued light of hope to illuminate the future of humanity.”

Our Brilliant Human Revolution, A Bastion of Life-Affirming Journalism, from the April 20th, 2020, issue of the Seikyo Newspaper, translation released August, 2020 

The Japanese kanji is available by clicking on Seikyo Shinbun’s
http://www.seikyoonline.com/news/wagatomo/

Inspiration

Friday, September 4th, 2020
— TO MY FRIENDS —
It’s our voices that help usto connect with people’s hearts
and cultivates bonds.“How is everything, any new developments?”“Is there anything on your mind?” Let’s always try to convey to each person
a sense of hope and assurance!

Friday, September 4th, 2020
— DAILY GOSHO —
Therefore, the best way to attain Buddhahood is to encounter a good friend. How far can our own wisdom take us? If we have even enough wisdom to distinguish hot from cold, we should seek out a good friend.

(Three Tripitaka Masters Pray for Rain – WND-1, page 598)
Selection Source: Kyō no Hosshin
Seikyo Newspaper – Friday, Sep. 4th, 2020

WORDS OF THE WEEK —
The Daishonin teaches,
“Without practice and study, 
there can be no Buddhism.”*
A person who constantly puts their practice 
into action is bright and full of life.
A person who continues to study 
has a cheerful positive spirit.Let’s make a truly dynamic start to the second half of this year!

Gosho: “Exert yourself in the two ways of practice and study. Without practice and study, there can be no Buddhism. You must not only persevere yourself; you must also teach others. Both practice and study arise from faith. Teach others to the best of your ability, even if it is only a single sentence or phrase.” – WND-1, page 386

Guidance for Today

Sunday, August 30th, 2020
— TO MY FRIENDS —
Those who are awakened to their mission are not shaken by any storm of obstacles. “I am a Bodhisattva of the Earth!”*
With such strong conviction and resolvetowards achieving kosen-rufu,
let’s courageously press forwards!

*“You may look at your fellow members who seem to be suffering from such problems as illness or financial hardship and think that they could not possibly be Bodhisattvas of the Earth. Yet, nobody can avoid problems. The point is that once we awaken to the mission of kosen-rufu and begin to engage in it, the life state of a Bodhisattva of the Earth and the great life state of the Buddha well up powerfully from the depths of our being. Buddhas are never defeated by misfortune or problems. They transform all their sufferings into joy, expand their state of life and undergo their human revolution. And it is through this process that they change their karma.” (The New Human Revolution, vol. 19, Treasure Tower chapter)

Sunday, August 30th, 2020
— DAILY GOSHO —
“If you care anything about your personal security, you should first of all pray for order and tranquillity throughout the four quarters of the land, should you not?”

(On Establishing the Correct Teaching for the Peace of the Land – WND,
Vol. 1, page 24)
Selection Source: Editorial, Seikyo Newspaper, Aug. 30th, 2020