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  • PassTheDoobie
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    "(T'ien-t'ai states, 'From the indigo, an even deeper blue.' This passage means that, if one dyes something repeatedly in indigo, it becomes even bluer than the indigo leaves.) The Lotus Sutra is like the indigo, and the strength of one's practice is like the deepening blue."

    (Hell Is the Land of Tranquil Light - The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 457)Selection source: SGI President Ikeda's essay, Seikyo Shimbun, January 1st, 2012

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  • PassTheDoobie
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    "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 - The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 345) Selection source: Kyo no Hosshin, Seikyo Shimbun, September 19th, 2012

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  • PassTheDoobie
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    Originally posted by PassTheDoobie View Post

    "The Daishonin cites the words: 'Since the Law is wonderful, the person is worthy of respect; since the person is worthy of respect, the land is sacred'[1] (WND-1, 1097). The person who upholds the supreme Law deserves supreme respect. This is true humanism. How respectworthy, then, are all of you who are striving so hard to spread the Mystic Law! . . .

    "Mr. Toda [also] gave guidance [on this point], quoting a passage from the Gosho 'On the Four Stages of Faith and the Five Stages of Practice.' The Daishonin states in that passage that his disciples who chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo 'surpass by a hundred, thousand, ten thousand, million times the founders of the . . . various other schools of Buddhism.' And he adds, 'Therefore, I entreat the people of this country: Do not look down upon my disciples!' (WND-1, 788).

    "You are not only chanting the Mystic Law (Nam-myoho-renge-kyo), but also spreading it throughout Japan and the world. You are carrying out the widespread propagation of the Law. As such you have a truly incredible stature.

    "The Daishonin called on the people of Japan and the entire world not to look down on his disciples....

    "If you should encounter criticism or ridicule arising from others’ ignorance or lack of understanding about our movement, just laugh it off, telling yourself, 'Why should I let such a person bother me? Am I going to let this little obstacle stop me?' and continue to live with pride and confidence."

    Kinda what Easy said, isn't it? I guess he has the point! It goes without saying that this applies to all of us everywhere!

    Displaying the Proof of Actual Fact!

    Much love and deepest respect,

    Thomas

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  • PassTheDoobie
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    "The Daishonin cites the words: 'Since the Law is wonderful, the person is worthy of respect; since the person is worthy of respect, the land is sacred'[1] (WND-1, 1097). The person who upholds the supreme Law deserves supreme respect. This is true humanism. How respectworthy, then, are all of you who are striving so hard to spread the Mystic Law! . . .

    "Mr. Toda [also] gave guidance [on this point], quoting a passage from the Gosho 'On the Four Stages of Faith and the Five Stages of Practice.' The Daishonin states in that passage that his disciples who chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo 'surpass by a hundred, thousand, ten thousand, million times the founders of the . . . various other schools of Buddhism.' And he adds, 'Therefore, I entreat the people of this country: Do not look down upon my disciples!' (WND-1, 788).

    "You are not only chanting the Mystic Law (Nam-myoho-renge-kyo), but also spreading it throughout Japan and the world. You are carrying out the widespread propagation of the Law. As such you have a truly incredible stature.

    "The Daishonin called on the people of Japan and the entire world not to look down on his disciples....

    "If you should encounter criticism or ridicule arising from others’ ignorance or lack of understanding about our movement, just laugh it off, telling yourself, 'Why should I let such a person bother me? Am I going to let this little obstacle stop me?' and continue to live with pride and confidence."


    SGI Newsletter No. 8615, Excerpts from SGI President Ikeda’s speech at the 6th Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting in Tokyo, 21st May, 2001. These excerpts were featured in a video of the speech, which was shown during the 60th Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting in Tokyo, 6th Sep., 2012. The excerpted text appeared in the 14th Sep., 2012, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, the Soka Gakkai daily newspaper. Translated 14th Sep. 2012

    [1] T’ien-t’ai, The Words and Phrases of the Lotus Sutra.
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  • PassTheDoobie
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    "One’s underlying attitude when facing a predicament can make one weak or strong. For example, the impulse to protect only oneself can be relatively weak and fragile, but a mother’s impulse to protect her child from danger is very powerful. The spirit to support others makes people strong.

    "Kosen-rufu is an effort of supreme good and the greatest way to benefit others. The determination to protect the Soka Gakkai, for the sake of kosen-rufu, is a driving force for maximising one’s potential."


    SGI Newsletter No. 8623, The New Human Revolution Vol. 25: Chap. 4, Bastion of Capable People 27, translated 19th Sep. 2012

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  • PassTheDoobie
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    "You will grow younger, and your good fortune will accumulate."

    (The Unity of Husband and Wife - The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol.1, page 464)
    Selection Source: Myoji no Gen, Seikyo Shinbun, September 20th, 2012

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  • iConnex
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    hello brothers im Back =)
    Go home and read these beautiful words is always a great pleasure...


    keep on chanting!!!

    Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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  • PassTheDoobie
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    "Not once have I thought of retreat."

    (The Great Battle - The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Volume 2, page 465) Selection source: SGI President Ikeda's guidance, Seikyo Shimbun, October 21st, 2012

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  • PassTheDoobie
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    "Unity does not mean forcing everyone into a single, uniform mold. Nichiren Daishonin writes: 'If the spirit of many in body but one in mind prevails among the people, they will achieve all their goals, whereas if one in body but different in mind, they can achieve nothing remarkable' (WND-1, 618). He says 'many in body,' not 'one in body.' It is important for us to respect each other’s individuality, assist and support each other in a spirit of friendship and goodwill, and enable everyone to make the most of their unique qualities."

    SGI Newsletter No. 8650, Humanistic Teachings for Victory, (6) Unity Is a Powerful Force for Victory, Standing Up Resolutely. From 18th April 18, 2012, issue of the Soka Shimpo, the Soka Gakkai youth division’s fortnightly newspaper, translated 15th Oct. 2012

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  • PassTheDoobie
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    "In a way, life can be described as a struggle to never lose hope. Life, and especially the days of your youth, can seem like a series of problems and worries—when your test scores are bad, or your family situation is tough, or you’re struggling with money, or when there’s a huge gap between your ideals and reality, and so forth. You may start to think that you’re no good, that you’re helpless, and feel negative about yourself and despair. But that’s not true. Buddhism teaches that we are all born with a noble mission in life and can all shine in our own unique way. And how do we make ourselves shine? Through persevering.

    “Certainly things don’t always work out as we hope. We experience failures, we have setbacks, and at times we may even lose our drive for life. But at such times, we need to get back on our feet again and advance towards our goals. Having that kind of perseverance is crucial.

    “Tell yourself, ‘It’s fine that I’m not capable enough yet! I don’t care how others see me!’ filled with the determination to not be defeated!”


    SGI Newsletter No. 8696. The New Human Revolution––Vol. 26: Chap. 1,Atsuta 31, translated 8th Jan., 2013

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  • PassTheDoobie
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    "Were they not Bodhisattvas of the Earth, they could not chant the daimoku."

    (The True Aspect of All Phenomena - The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol.1, page 385)
    Selection source: The New Human Revolution, Seikyo Shimbun, January 12th, 2013

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  • PassTheDoobie
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    "What is most important is that, by chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo alone, you can attain Buddhahood. It will no doubt depend on the strength of your faith. To have faith is the basis of Buddhism."

    (The Real Aspect of the Gohonzon - The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol.1, page 832) Selection source: "Kyo no Hosshin", January 30th, 2013

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  • PassTheDoobie
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    "With solid determination, Roald Amundsen (1872–1928), the first person to reach the South Pole and his team prepared assiduously to achieve their dream of reaching the South Pole. From the days of his youth, Amundsen believed that firm resolve was indispensable for attaining one’s aims.[1] Such determination can be described as the earnest commitment to keep moving steadily ahead like an accurate clock, making every effort and preparation necessary for carrying out one’s goals in daily life.

    "In one of his letters, the Daishonin strongly cautions his youthful disciple Nanjo Tokimitsu to never let his mind stray, but to remain firm in faith at all times (cf. WND-2, 638).

    "A strong determination is not something that changes or shifts with momentary feelings or emotions. Neither is a vow. Great things are only accomplished with the resolve or commitment to continue challenging oneself, taking one step forwards after another, no matter what."


    SGI Newsletter No. 8708, Our Brilliant Path to Victory, Bring Forth Fresh Passion and Energy!—Part 2 [of 2], from the 19th Oct., 2012, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, translated 22nd Jan. 2013

    [1] Translated from Japanese. Edouard Calic, Amunzen: Kyokuchi Tankenka no Eiko to Higeki (Amundsen: The Glory and Tragedy of a Polar Explorer), translated by Takeo Niizeki and Kenji Matsutani (Tokyo: Hakusuisha, 1967), p. 57.

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  • PassTheDoobie
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    Chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is the source of unlimited possibilities!
    It is the wellspring of boundless hope and courage.
    Nichiren Daishonin assures us: "No prayer will go unanswered."*
    So let's advance with resolute, unwavering faith.


    Daisaku Ikeda

    *"If you have faith in this Gohonzon and chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo even for a short while, no prayer will go unanswered, no offence unexpiated, no good fortune unbestowed, and all righteousness proven." (Commentary on "The True Object of Worship" by Nichikan Shonin)

    ** When we chant daimoku just as the Daishonin instructs, our voices resonate throughout the entire universe. Just as a soft voice can be transformed into a booming voice through the use of a good megaphone, when we chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo with heartfelt prayer, we can move the entire universe. As Nichikan, the twenty-sixth high priest, says: "[If you have faith in this Gohonzon and chant Nam-myoho-renge- kyo even for a short while] no prayer will go unanswered, no offence unexpiated, no good fortune unbestowed, and all righteousness proven."

    Nichiren Daishonin says that it is not difficult for those who chant the daimoku of the Lotus Sutra to become Buddhas equal to Shakyamuni (WND, 1030). This statement is very significant. He says this because the Mystic Law is the origin of all Buddhas. - (The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra, Volume 5, page 152)

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  • CrazyDog
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    Let's continue to cherish and look out for our old friends.
    And let's use any opportunity we have to make new ones.
    Real genuine friendship is a strong and dependable force
    that helps advance society and makes the times better.

    Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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