Quotes from the Writings of Nichiren

Daily quotes from the Writings of Nichiren Vol. 1 & 2

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To my Friends by Daisaku Ikeda

September 24, 2013

–TO MY FRIENDS–
The Daishonin admonishes:
“Strengthen your faith day
by day and month after month.”(*)
Faith is the driving force for taking
on challenges and making progress.
Let’s break through the rut and
shatter the inertia in our lives.

(*)”On Persecutions Befalling the Sage, WND p. 997

Translation of “To My Friends” published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda’s recent guidance, with universal value and application.

–わが友に贈る–
「月月・日日に
 つより給へ」
 信心は挑戦と
 向上の原動力だ!
 惰性を打ち破れ!

–WAGA TOMO NI OKURU–
“TSUKI-ZUKI HIBI NI
TSUYORI TAMAE”
SHINJIN WA CHOSEN TO
KOJO NO GENDORYOKU DA!
DASEI O UCHI YABURE!

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TM Aug 9, 2013

August 9, 2013

–TO MY FRIENDS–
Let’s express our appreciation to our
family members who are not directly
affiliated with the SGI.
Kosen-rufu is able to advance
because of their warm understanding
and collaborative support.

Translation of “To My Friends” published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda’s recent guidance, with universal value and application.

–わが友に贈る–
未入会の家族に
 心からの感謝を!
 温かな理解と
 協力に支えられて
 広布の前進はある。

–WAGA TOMO NI OKURU–
MINYUKAI NO KAZOKU NI
KOKORO KARA NO KANSHA O!
ATATAKA NA RIKAI TO
KYORYOKU NI SASAERARE TE
KOFU NO ZENSHIN WA ARU.

from How Those Initially Aspiring to the Way Can Attain Buddhahood, WND, p. 880

01 flint steelOnly when one understands all this clearly and believes in it can the Law manifest its power and the Buddhas and bodhisattvas bring benefit to the people. To illustrate, in kindling a fire, three things are needed: a good piece of steel, a good flint, and good tinder. The same is true of prayer. Three things are required— a good teacher, a good believer, and a good teaching— before prayers can be effective and disasters banished from the land.

A good teacher is a priest who is free from any fault in secular affairs, who never fawns upon others even in the slightest, who desires and is satisfied with little, and who is compassionate; a priest who reads and upholds the Lotus Sutra precisely as it teaches and also encourages and leads others to embrace it. Such a priest the Buddha has praised among all priests as the finest teacher of the Law.

A good believer is one who does not depend upon persons of eminence or despise those of humble station; who does not rely on the backing of superiors or look down on inferiors; who, not relying upon the opinions of others, upholds the Lotus Sutra among all the sutras. Such a person the Buddha has called the best of all people.

As for a good teaching, the Buddha has told us that this sutra, the Lotus, represents the foremost among all doctrines. Among all the sutras the Buddha “has preached,” among those he “now preaches,” and among those he “will preach,” this sutra is designated as foremost, and therefore it is a good teaching.
~Nichiren Daishonin, WND,  page 880

August 6, 2013 – Words of the Week & To My Friends by Daisaku Ikeda (new)

August 6, 2013

–TO MY FRIENDS–
Summer is a time for youth to deepen
their study of Nichiren Buddhism.(*)
Nichiren Daishonin’s writings are the
jeweled sword of courage and
the driving force for victory.
Let’s all continue to study Buddhism
in earnest.

(*)At the end of September 2013, qualified Soka Gakkai youth candidates (in Japan) will be sitting for the youth division intermediate-level study exams.

Translation of “To My Friends” published in the Seikyo Shimbun, based on President Ikeda’s recent guidance, with universal value and application.

–わが友に贈る–
 青年部が
 教学研鑽の夏!
 御書は勇気の宝剣。
 勝利の原動力。
 徹して学びゆけ!

–WAGA TOMO NI OKURU–
SEINENBU GA
KYOGAKU KENSAN NO NATSU!
GOSHO WA YUKI NO HOKEN.
SHORI NO GENDORYOKU.
TESSHITE MANABI YUKE!

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