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    "The reason is that this world is called the saha world, saha meaning endurance. This is why the Buddha is also called "One Who Can Endure.""

    (The Four Debts of Gratitude, Writings the Nichiren Daishonin, Vol.1, page 41) Selection Source: Kyo no Hosshin, Seikyo Shinbun, September 27th, 2012
    Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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      Trust is only developed through constant sincere actions.
      By establishing a solid foundation right where our feet are now,
      let's build a golden citadel of kosen-rufu!


      Daisaku Ikeda
      Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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        "It is rare to be born a human being. The number of those endowed with human life is as small as the amount of earth one can place on a fingernail. Life as a human being is hard to sustain— as hard as it is for the dew to remain on the grass. But it is better to live a single day with honour than to live to 120 and die in disgrace."

        (The Three Kinds of Treasure - The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, page 851) Selection source: Kyo no Hosshin, Seikyo Shimbun, October 18th, 2012
        Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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          "The problem is that when a wide variety of individuals get together, there can be personality conflicts, which can lead to disunity. What can we do in such situations?

          "At times like that, the ‘one in mind’ aspect of ‘many in body, one in mind’ is important. ‘One in mind’ means striving for the same goals. From our perspective, it means dedicating our lives to the noble goal of kosen-rufu.

          "Nichiren Daishonin quotes the saying: ‘To discard the shallow and seek the profound is the way of a person of courage’ (WND-1, 402). Seeking the profound is what’s most vital.

          "If everyone can break free from petty, egoistic attachments to personal prestige or the ambitions for fame and profit, and base themselves on their great vow for kosen-rufu, the strongest unity will result. Then each individual will be able to demonstrate their greatest potential. A single drop of water can’t bore a hole in even a single leaf, but if countless drops of water are combined into a great ocean, they can form mighty breakers and penetrate even giant boulders.

          "We can do our human revolution by earnestly chanting and constantly striving to achieve unity for the sake of kosen-rufu, and to become people who can unite harmoniously in a shared effort with others."


          SGI Newsletter No. 8635, The New Human Revolution––Vol. 25: Chap. 4, Bastion of Capable People 52, translated 25th Sep. 2012
          Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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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 Shinbun, October 3rd, 2012
            Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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              "Winter always turns to spring."

              (Winter Always Turns to Spring - The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol.1, page 536) Selection Source: Myoji no Gen, Seikyo Shinbun, October 9th, 2012
              Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                Nam Myoho Renge Kyo!

                "Winter always turns to spring."
                Thanks for that reminder! It seems Spring has sprung itself upon us early here in NorCal... weird to see temps in the 70s on February 26 and no rain in sight... bone dry and one has to wonder how it's going to be this summer ~ perhaps 120 degrees F here? Let's hope not...

                Meanwhile ~ Nam Myoho Renge Kyo!

                "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."
                And so I pray for more rain! And I may have to do a dance also... while chanting of course!

                Nam Myoho Renge Kyo!

                Best wishes to all and to all a good day!

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                  Those who have experienced the greatest hardships and suffering
                  can definitely lead the happiest of lives.
                  Our faith and practice is the very source of boundless hope.
                  Today also, let's stride together towards happiness!
                  Cheer!


                  Nam Myoho Renge Kyo!
                  I pazzi osano dove gli angeli temono d'andare....

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                    "Our convictions, words, and actions as individuals who practise the Daishonin’s Buddhism should reflect our commitment to helping others. Faith manifests itself in daily life. We can be said to be genuinely practising the Daishonin’s Buddhism when our daily lives are a natural expression of our Buddhist faith and help spread the Mystic Law."

                    SGI Newsletter No. 8727, The New Human Revolution––Vol. 26: Chap. 1, Atsuta 59, translated 25th Feb. 2013
                    Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                      Let's make a point of looking for and applauding the efforts
                      of those who are making steady and sincere efforts.
                      Encouraging one individual after another,
                      sending out rays of hope -
                      this is the wonderful world of Soka!


                      Daisaku Ikeda
                      Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                        "“Nichiren Daishonin writes: ‘Evil friends will employ enticing words, deception and flattery and speak in a clever manner, thereby gaining control over the minds of ignorant and uninformed people and destroying the good minds that are in them’ (WND-2, 221). ‘Evil friends’ means corrupt or negative individuals who seek to obstruct our Buddhist practice and lead us to veer from the path to happiness. These evil friends ‘employ enticing words, deception and flattery’ to get close to us and gain our trust, and then try to persuade us to stop practising.

                        “'That’s why it’s so important to see such negative influences for what they are and stand firm against them. Good cannot prevail unless we combat evil. Defeating negative forces is also a form of compassion.'

                        "Founding Soka Gakkai president Tsunesaburo Makiguchi left the following important words of guidance: 'Unless you have the courage to be an enemy of those who are evil, you cannot be a friend to the good.'"[1]


                        SGI Newsletter No. 8727, The New Human Revolution––Vol. 26: Chap. 1, Atsuta 59, translated 25th Feb. 2013

                        [1] Translated from Japanese. Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, Makiguchi Tsunesaburo Zenshu (Collected Works of Tsunesaburo Makiguchi) (Tokyo: Daisanbunmei-sha, 1983), vol. 6, p. 71.
                        Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                          "Learning is a right and a pleasure. Nothing is more enjoyable.

                          "The brutality of war, however, robbed the young people of my age of that right and joy. I was determined that the next generation should not experience the same deprivation, and I have fought all my life for peace.

                          "That’s why I would like to share with you these words of the German author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832), whom I read avidly in my youth: 'What a world of delight lies in learning!'[1]

                          "When you throw yourself wholeheartedly into the world of learning, you’ll make many new and exciting discoveries. It was this joy that pulsed vibrantly in Goethe’s life.

                          "Goethe—a poet, novelist, playwright, naturalist, and political leader—continued studying and learning throughout his life.

                          "I am presently engaged in a dialogue about Goethe with Dr. Manfred Osten, advisory board member of the Goethe Society in Weimar, Germany.[2] At the start of our dialogue, Dr. Osten spoke of Goethe’s conviction that no one can take away what you have learned through arduous effort—it is yours forever.

                          "Human beings are born to learn. Life is an ongoing learning process.

                          "Even if we sometimes forget the exact content of what we have learned, the desire to learn forever adorns our lives."


                          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 German. Goethes Gespräche: Gesamtausgabe (Goethe’s Conversations: Complete Compilation), compiled by Woldemar Frhr. von Biedermann and edited by Flodoard Frhr. von Biedermann (Leipzig: F. W. v. Biedermann, 1909), vol. 2, p. 10.
                          [2] The dialogue is being serialized in the Soka Gakkai–affiliated Ushio (Tide) monthly magazine.
                          Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                            The Daishonin encourages us to
                            "move about without fear like the lion king."*
                            The heart of Buddhism is all about being "courageous".
                            So now, courageously and enthusiastically,
                            let's take action to realise the great ideal of kosen-rufu!


                            Daisaku Ikeda

                            *"Wherever your daughter may frolic or play, no harm will come to her; she will move about without fear like the lion king. ... A sword is useless in the hands of a coward. The mighty sword of the Lotus Sutra must be wielded by one courageous in faith." - "Reply to Kyo'o", WND-I, page 412
                            Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                              "Only those who have the firm resolve to give their very lives for the sake of Buddhism can carry out the struggle for kosen-rufu."

                              SGI Newsletter No. 8667, The New Human Revolution––Volume 26: Chapter 1, Atsuta 20, translated 12th Nov. 2012
                              Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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                                "Nichiren's disciples cannot accomplish anything if they are cowardly."

                                (The Teaching, Practice, and Proof - The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol.1, page 481)
                                Selection source: Kyo no Hosshin, Seikyo Shimbun, November 16th, 2012
                                Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!

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