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    I should fit right in then, I grow the plant as an act of devotion. It was through her that I learned compassion for plants and through her patience that I learned to care for them.

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      Originally posted by CrazyDog View Post

      Courage calls forth courage.
      Let's share with others our personal experiences
      of having chanted, taking action and overcoming obstacles.
      Let's light a flame of conviction and determination
      in the hearts of our fellow members of Icmag!


      Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!
      I'm loving you man! Thank you so much! Please continue!

      Much love and deepest respect,

      Thomas
      Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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        "Regard your service to your lord as the practice of the Lotus Sutra."* Tough times in our workplace offer us a great opportunity to sow seeds of trust. Let's win through our sincere attitude and conscientious efforts!

        Daisaku Ikeda

        Gosho: Reply to a Believer - WND Vol.1, page 905, "Regard your service to your lord as the practice of the Lotus Sutra. This is what is meant by 'No worldly affairs of life or work are ever contrary to the true reality.'"
        Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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          "Truth is the mother of confidence."

          SGI Newsletter No. 8661, The New Human Revolution––Volume 26: Chapter 1, Atsuta 14, translated 5th Nov. 2012
          Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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            "And could not this illness of your husband's be the Buddha's design, because the Vimalakirti and Nirvana sutras both teach that sick people will surely attain Buddhahood? Illness gives rise to the resolve to attain the way."

            (The Good Medicine for All Ills - The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 937) Selection source: Kyo no Hosshin, Seikyo Shimbun, November 7th, 2012
            Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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              Come, now is the time to sow seeds (of peace) in people's hearts!
              Let's sow seeds of happiness for our friends here
              and seeds of hope for our friends there!
              By encouraging others one by one,
              let's make the whole world bloom with smiles!


              Daisaku Ikeda
              Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                "If you’re only studying for yourself, eventually you will hit a dead end. But when you have the larger purposes of studying for the sake of others, for society, and for the world, studying becomes fun. And in the process, you build yourself into a great human being, too.

                "...The more you study, the greater your dreams expand. You become more capable and accomplished, and are able to help others. You can bring smiles to people’s faces and impart joy. You end up creating a wonderful environment around you.

                "...There’s no need to look back with regrets. You can start studying from now, from the place in life where you are at this moment.

                "When she was 60 years old, the German author Malwida von Meysenbug (1816–1903) declared: 'I study and study. . . . For the sole reason of being able to study more would I wish to be young again!'[1]

                "Educational background is not the same as learning or mental ability, and it is even less a measure of the full scope of a person’s potential. A person’s true capability can be measured by their desire to continue learning.

                "In April this year (2012), two women aged 83 and 85 graduated from the Soka University’s Division of Correspondence Education. Those who study in earnest shine with a noble and inspiring light."


                SGI Newsletter No. 8709, Dialogue for the Future: Traveling the Path of Victory Together with You, A dialogue series addressing members of the junior high school division and high school division. [5] Those Who Continue Learning Are Victors in Life, from the 1st Sep., 2012, issue of the Mirai [Future] Journal, the Soka Gakkai monthly newspaper for the junior high school and senior high school divisions, translated 24th Jan. 2013

                [1] Translated from Japanese. Berta Schleicher, Maruvida fon Maizenbuku (Malwida von Meysenbug), translated by Toshihiko Katayama (Tokyo: Misuzu Shobo, 1957), chap. 7, pp. 77–78.
                Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                  "[This is an incomparably greater wonder than] fire being produced by a stone taken from the bottom of a river, or a lantern lighting up a place that has been dark for a hundred, a thousand, or ten thousand years."

                  (The One Essential Phrase - The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol. 1, page 923)
                  Selection source: SGI President's peace proposal 2013, Seikyo Shimbun, January 26th, 2013
                  Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                    Letter to Gijo-bo / WND pg. 389

                    I have carefully reviewed your question about the Buddhist teachings. The blessing of the Lotus Sutra is a state of life that can only be understood between Buddhas. It is an inner enlightenment that even the wisdom of Shakyamuni’s emanations throughout the ten directions may be no match for. That is why, as you well know, even the Great Teacher T’ien-t’ai commented on the character myo, saying that it is defined as beyond ordinary comprehension.(1) As for this sutra, however, it is divided into various practices. These are the teachings that were known only by men such as T’ien-t’ai, Miao-lo, and Dengyo. The Great Teacher Dengyo in particular, even though he was the reincarnation of T’ien-t’ai, sent envoys to T’ang China on many occasions in an effort to resolve the doubts of others. So what is really important is that the teachings of the mutual possession of the Ten Worlds, of the hundred worlds and thousand factors, and of three thousand realms in a single moment of life are the essence of this sutra. These teachings are described in the work entitled Great Concentration and Insight.

                    Next, the teaching of the “Life Span” chapter is what I, Nichiren, personally depend on. Although T’ien-t’ai and Dengyo also understood it in a general way, they never put it into words or proclaimed it. The same is true of Nagarjuna and Vasubandhu. The verse section of the chapter states, “. . . single-mindedly desiring to see the Buddha, not hesitating even if it costs them their lives.” As a result of this passage, I have revealed the Buddhahood in my own life. The reason is that it is this sutra passage that has enabled me to embody the Three Great Secret Laws, or the reality of three thousand realms in a single moment of life, that is found in the “Life Span” chapter. But keep this secret, keep it secret.

                    The Great Teacher of Mount Hiei [Dengyo] journeyed to China and received instruction on the point of this passage. “Single” of “single-mindedly” means the one pure way, and “mind” means all phenomena.(2) That is why the Great Teacher T’ien-t’ai, explaining the Chinese character for “mind,” said that its four brush strokes represent the moon and three stars, and that this implies that the mind of the effect [of Buddhahood] is pure and clean.(3) I, Nichiren, say that “single” stands for myo, or mystic, “mind” for ho, or law, “desiring” for ren, or lotus, “see” for ge, or flower, and “Buddha” for kyo, or sutra. In propagating these five characters, practitioners should “not hesitate even if it costs them their lives.”

                    “Single-mindedly desiring to see the Buddha” may be read as follows: single-mindedly observing the Buddha, concentrating one’s mind on seeing the Buddha, and when looking at one’s own mind, perceiving that it is the Buddha. Having attained the fruit of Buddhahood, the eternally inherent three bodies, I may surpass even T’ient’ai and Dengyo, and excel even Nagarjuna and Mahakashyapa. The Buddha wrote that one should become the master of one’s mind rather than let one’s mind master oneself.(4) This is what I mean when I emphatically urge you to give up even your body, and never begrudge even your life for the sake of the Lotus Sutra. Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.

                    Nichiren

                    The twenty-eighth day of the fifth month in the tenth year of Bun’ei (1273)

                    Reply to Gijo-bo


                    Background

                    This letter was written at Ichinosawa on Sado Island in the fifth month, 1273, to Gijo-bo, who had been the Daishonin’s senior at Seicho-ji temple in Awa Province. Nearly a month earlier, Nichiren Daishonin had written The Object of Devotion for Observing the Mind, in which he had explained both the object of devotion in terms of the Law and the correct practice for attaining enlightenment in the Latter Day. This letter briefly restates the profound contents of The Object of Devotion for Observing the Mind.

                    Nichiren Daishonin says that, of all the chapters of the Lotus Sutra, the “Life Span” chapter is particularly important to him. He quotes a passage, “. . . single-mindedly desiring to see the Buddha . . . ,” and notes, “As a result of this passage, I have revealed the Buddhahood in my own life.” He declares that in his capacity as the Buddha of the Latter Day of the Law he has realized and embodied Nam-myoho-renge-kyo of the Three Great Secret Laws, which is implied in the depths of the “Life Span” chapter.

                    This is one of the earliest references in his writings to the Three Great Secret Laws: the invocation (Nam-myoho-renge-kyo), the object of devotion (the Gohonzon), and the place of worship (the sanctuary).

                    Notes

                    1. This statement is found in the introduction to The Profound Meaning of the Lotus Sutra.
                    2. The “one pure way” refers to the true aspect inherent in all phenomena.
                    3. Source unknown.
                    4. This statement is found in both the Nirvana Sutra and the Six Paramitas Sutra.
                    Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                      "There is definitely something extraordinary in the ebb and flow of the tide, the rising and setting of the moon, and the way in which summer, autumn, winter, and spring give way to each other. Something uncommon also occurs when an ordinary person attains Buddhahood. At such a time, the three obstacles and four devils will invariably appear, and the wise will rejoice while the foolish will retreat."

                      (The Three Obstacles and Four Devils - The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol. 1, page 637) Selection Source: "Kyo no Hosshin", Seikyo Shimbun, January 28th, 2013
                      Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                        "Therefore, I say to you, my disciples, try practicing as the Lotus Sutra teaches, exerting yourselves without begrudging your lives! Test the truth of Buddhism now!"

                        (The Selection of the Time - The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol.1, page 583) Selection source: "Suntetsu", Seikyo Shimbun, June 11th, 2011
                        Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                          "As SGI members striving diligently in faith, practice, and study, we are able to develop a strong, invincible self through our personal experiences of overcoming all kinds of hardships and obstacles through the power of the Mystic Law. Surely none epitomize the life-state of Buddhahood more than our confident and self-assured pioneer members who are utterly fearless.

                          "We are all originally entities of the Mystic Law. It is essential, therefore, that we firmly believe in the principle of 'substituting faith for wisdom' --that is, being able to bring forth the wisdom and courage we need for victory when we base our lives on chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. This is the key to non-regressing faith taught in the Daishonin's Buddhism."


                          SGI Newsletter No. 8247, LEARNING FROM THE WRITINGS OF NICHIREN DAISHONIN: THE TEACHINGS FOR VICTORY, [27] 'A Father Takes Faith,' Unity and Human Revolution Are the Keys to Victory in Our Efforts for Kosen-rufu, from the April 2011 issue of the Daibyakurenge, translated June 6th, 2011
                          Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                            "Myo means to revive, that is, to return to life."

                            (The Daimoku of the Lotus Sutra - The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol. 1, page 149) Selection source: Kyo no Hosshin, Seikyo Shimbun, Feb 17th, 2012
                            Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                              "Beginnings are critical. If you do things correctly from the start, you’ll be able to go on doing so.”

                              SGI Newsletter No. 8452, The New Human Revolution––Vol. 25: Chap. 2, Shared Struggle 9, translated Feb. 14th, 2012
                              Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                                Originally posted by PassTheDoobie View Post
                                I'm loving you man! Thank you so much! Please continue!

                                Much love and deepest respect,

                                Thomas
                                Thank you so much that make this 3D very active and interesting!
                                I follow you brother and I see that slowly adding new users!

                                Let's give our all to help our younger and newer members
                                so that they will become even more capable leaders than we are.
                                This is one of the SGI's proud traditions.
                                In our local community, where we have our own unique mission, let's build solidarity for the happiness of ourselves and everyone else.
                                I pazzi osano dove gli angeli temono d'andare....

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