Inspiration

Saturday, July 11th 2020
— TO MY FRIENDS —
The Daishonin teaches us,
“Even a feeble person will not stumble 
if those supporting him are strong.”*
By understanding our friends’ problems 
and trying to be there for them,
let’s expand the bonds of encouragement 
with the people around us!
Together with each other, 
let’s lead victorious lives!

Saturday, July 11th 2020
— DAILY GOSHO —
“Although the sun and moon should fall to the ground and Mount Sumeru crumble, there can be no doubt that this woman will attain Buddhahood.”

(Reply to Matsuno 
– WND, Vol. 2, page 752)
Selection Source: “Gosho Cafe,” 
Seikyo Newspaper, July 11th 2020

Guidance

Wednesday, July 8th, 2020
— TO MY FRIENDS —
To our friends who are fighting storms of ordeals and challenges,
let’s together encourage them to be brave!
Let’s send them our strong wholehearted daimoku!This Buddhist faith we practice enables us to overcome absolutely any and all hardships!

Wednesday, July 8th, 2020
— DAILY GOSHO —
“ I am praying that, no matter how troubled the times may become, the Lotus Sutra and the ten demon daughters will protect all of you, praying as earnestly as though to produce fire from damp wood, or to obtain water from parched ground.”

(On Rebuking Slander of the Law and Eradicating Sins – WND, Vol. 1, page 444)

Guidance

DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“If people primarily view the world as a place filled with suffering, they are at greater risk of interacting with it in an erroneous manner. They may, for example, seek only personal freedom from suffering, feel powerless and resigned in the face of society’s harsh realities or fall into passive modes of living, waiting for someone else to solve their problems.
“Shakyamuni’s true intent was not to say that the saha world is a place where we must endure suffering; rather, it was to clarify that it is the very setting in which we can actualise the world of our hopes and dreams (the Land of Eternally Tranquil Light).”Peace Proposal, Towards Our Shared Future: Constructing an Era of Human Solidarity, The challenge of construction, January 26th, 2020. 

Words of Wisdom

WORDS OF THE WEEK —
July is the significant month when both 
the first and second presidents of the Soka Gakkai encountered persecution for the sake of spreading the Mystic Law.*
The Daishonin asserts,
“Those with the heart of a lion king 
are sure to attain Buddhahood.”**
As proud disciples 
with the heart of a lion king of the SGI,
let’s courageously overcome any 
and all obstacles and difficulties!
*On July 6th, 1943, Makiguchi and Toda were detained on suspicion of violation of the notorious Peace Preservation Law and accused of showing disrespect to the emperor. A total of 21 leaders of the organisation were arrested. In prison, Makiguchi held fast to his beliefs, expounding the principles of Nichiren Buddhism to his interrogators. (ref. https://www.sgi.org/about-us/sgi-timeline/history-of-the-soka-gakkai-part1.html)

**”When an evil ruler in consort with priests of erroneous teachings tries to destroy the correct teaching and do away with a man of wisdom, those with the heart of a lion king are sure to attain Buddhahood.” – WND-1, page 302

Monday, July 6th, 2020
— DAILY GOSHO —
“If a tree is deeply rooted, its branches and leaves will never wither. If the spring is inexhaustible, the stream will never run dry.”

(Flowering and Bearing Grain – WND, Vol. 1, page 909)
Selection Source: “Kyo no Hosshin,” Seikyo Newspaper, July 6th, 2020

Guidance

Sunday, July 5th, 2020
— DAILY GOSHO —
“If you propagate it, devils will arise without fail. If they did not, there would be no way of knowing that this is the correct teaching.”

(Letter to the Brothers
– WND, Vol. 1, page 501)

Inspiration

Saturday, July 4th 2020
— TO MY FRIENDS —
During July, the significant month of the bond between mentor and disciple,
our Young Men’s and Women’s Division members
are making their strongest efforts ever!
Cheerfully spreading sincere encouragement to the people around us,
let’s all advance along the path towards fulfilling our vows!

Saturday, July 4th 2020
— DAILY GOSHO —
“When one carries out the single practice of exercising faith in Myoho-renge-kyo, there are no blessings that fail to come to one, and no good karma that does not begin to work on one’s behalf.”

(Conversation between a Sage and an Unenlightened Man – WND, Vol. 1, page 133)
Selection Source: “Suntetsu,” Seikyo Newspaper, July 4th 2020

Today’s inspiration

Tuesday, June 30th, 2020
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“When we consider global issues, our first and foremost focus must be on the threats presented to the lives, livelihoods and dignity of individual human beings.”

Peace Proposal, Towards Our Shared Future: Constructing an Era of Human Solidarity, January 26th, 2020

Guidance

Sunday, June 28th, 2020
— TO MY FRIENDS —
Don’t forget to always smile!
May the sun, with its indomitable spirit, rise in our hearts!
Our spirit will never to be defeated and is what leads us to winning in any and all types of challenges.
Patiently and ceaselessly, let’s advance one step at a time!
Sunday, June 28th, 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, Vol. 1, page 598)

Daily guidance

Thursday, June 25th, 2020
— TO MY FRIENDS —
By listening to and making an effort to understand another person’s feelings and opinions,let’s try to create heart-to-heart communication.Our actions, as Soka family members, to accept and respect each other’s differences
is a role model of harmonious coexistence for the world!

Thursday, June 25th, 2020
— DAILY GOSHO —
“I entrust you with the propagation of Buddhism in your province. It is stated that ‘the seeds of Buddhahood sprout as a result of conditions, and for this reason they preach the single vehicle.’”

Inspiration

WORDS OF THE WEEK —
The Daishonin encourages us,
“Regard your service to your lord
as the practice of the Lotus Sutra.”*
Let’s imbue this ever changing society
with fresh, new value-creating power.
Let’s shine as wise people
of the Mystic Law!

*Gosho: WND-1, page 905