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Old 02-16-2013, 04:54 PM #41
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Repaying one's debts of gratitude*
is the very spirit of our Buddhist practice.
A heart full of appreciation and gratitude
is what makes us strong.
Let's adorn February -- the traditional month for our dynamic
development in introducing others to this practice --
with a renewed fresh spirit!


Daisaku Ikeda

* Gosho, (On Repaying Debts of Gratitude - WND1, page 690), "What can we say, then, of persons who are devoting themselves to Buddhism? Surely they should not forget the debts of gratitude they owe to their parents, their teachers, and their country. But if one intends to repay these great debts of gratitude, one can hope to do so only if one learns and masters Buddhism, becoming a person of wisdom."
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Old 02-16-2013, 04:56 PM #42
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"The Daishonin says:

"'Make no mistake. If you abandon your faith in the Lotus Sutra now, you will only make yourself the laughing-stock of your foes. Shamelessly pretending friendship, they will try to maneuver you into recanting, with the intention of later laughing at you and letting others ridicule you as well. Let them say all they have to say. Then tell them, “Instead of advising me in the presence of many people, why don’t you admonish yourselves first?” With this remark, abruptly rise from your seat and depart.' (WND-1, 801)

"The Daishonin consistently urges Tokimitsu to speak out bravely for his beliefs, to be mentally prepared, and not to be afraid. Telling him to the effect: 'Clearly and boldly refute falsehoods! Now is the crucial time! Fulfill your vow!'

"In this way, the Daishonin outlines the spirit that all of his youthful followers should embody. It is none other than the fighting spirit of our ever-youthful SGI. The essence of dialogue is courage and dynamism. The only way to vanquish devilish functions is with a mighty lion’s roar. He indicates, therefore, that youth need to face up to powerful opponents and challenge difficulties. A powerful opponent makes us strong, and difficulties represent opportunities for doing our human revolution."


SGI Newsletter No. 8713, Learning from the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin: The Teachings for Victory. [44] “The Workings of Brahma and Shakra,” Fostering Youth of Genuine Commitment Who Can Change History, translated 7th Feb. 2013, from the September 2012 issue of the Daibyakurenge.
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"Although I and my disciples may encounter various difficulties, if we do not harbour doubts in our hearts, we will as a matter of course attain Buddhahood."

(The Opening of the Eyes - The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Volume 1, page 283) Selection source: "Kyo no Hosshin", Seikyo Shimbun, February 13th, 2013
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"Whatever trouble occurs, regard it as no more than a dream, and think only of the Lotus Sutra."

(Letter to the Brothers - The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Volume 1, page 502) Selection source: Kyo no Hosshin, Seikyo Shimbun, November 23rd, 2012
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"If in a single moment of life we exhaust the pains and trials of millions of kalpas, then instant after instant there will arise in us the three Buddha bodies with which we are eternally endowed. Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is just such a 'diligent' practice."

(Ongi kuden - Gosho Zenshu, page 790, The Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings, page 214) Selection source: "Kyo no Hosshin", Seikyo Shimbun, February 6th, 2013
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"It’s important to remember that you don’t have to struggle with problems all by yourself.... You aren’t alone. Don’t close yourself off and allow your problems to overwhelm you. Nothing is insurmountable! Keep your head high and stay confident, pressing forward with fortitude and optimism."

SGI Newsletter No. 8705, Encouragement for Soka Educators. (1) Creating a New Age of Education Where Teacher and Student Grow Together—Part 3 [of 3],from the 3rd Feb., 2012, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, translated 18th Jan, 2013
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"Therefore, those who become Nichiren's disciples and lay believers should realize the profound karmic relationship they share with him and spread the Lotus Sutra as he does."

(Letter to Jakunichi-bo - The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol. 1, page 903) Selection source: Buddhist study for new members, Seikyo Shimbun, January 27th, 2013
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"Even if you don’t achieve the results you’d hoped for, the efforts you are making are undoubtedly contributing to your growth and development.

"...A person who is always ready and eager to learn creates a life of infinite possibility.

"...Success is a matter of perseverance. It’s important to make a real effort, to try your hardest. You can’t expect results in a day. Keeping at it is what matters."


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
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It is through interacting with other people
that our lives are stimulated, energised and enpowered.
Let's, therefore, cherish every person
who we come in contact with
with the utmost of care and concern.


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