Friday, April 28, 2017

June gosho 圣人蒙难事

May gosho 龙门御书

覆上野书其十三(别名 “龙门御书” )

所愿我之弟子等,须发大愿。去年、前年之疫病流行,幸不在死人之列。而当前蒙古之来袭,亦不见必可得免。总之,人生必有一死,其时之叹惜,与今无异。既同是一死也,何不为法华经而死!思之为露入大海、尘落大地可耳。法华经第三云:“愿以此功德,普及于一切,我等与众生,皆共成佛道”。(御书 1645页)

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但愿我的弟子们,能够发下大愿。纵使浇幸不在去年、前年疫润流行而死去的人教之中,但现在一旦蒙古攻来时,也不见得可以免去一死。不论如何,人生注定会死,那时候的哀叹和现在的痛苦没有两样。既然同样都是一死,不如为法华经而舍弃性命!就想做是露水流进大海、尘埃埋入大地吧。法华经第三卷说:“希望以这功德,普及于万事万物,使我们和众生,都能一同成就佛道。”


背景与大意

本篇御书是日莲大圣人于 1279年11月6日,从身延写给住在骏河国(今日本静冈县中部一带)南条时光的书信,别名 “龙门御书”。

大圣人执笔本篇御书当时,正值门下遭受严厉镇压的 “热原法难”。骏河一带大多是北条家本家的领地,北条家在此拥有极大的影响力。

透过日兴上人的弘教奋战,当地的广宣流布蓬勃发展,大圣人门人因树大招风而接连遇到被迫放弃法华经信仰等各种迫害。

1279 年秋天,热原的二十位农民信徒蒙冤被捕,在平左卫门尉惨无人道的处置下,最后有三人被斩首而殉教。在此时挺身而出承受迫害袭击,奋不顾身守护同志,彻底奋战的青年门下正是南条时光。

时光继承亡父遗志,自幼遵奉大圣人为师,受到日兴上人的鼓励,非常认真信心。他接获本篇御书当时,虚岁 21岁,不顾自身安危,更敢匿藏被迫害的同志在共家中,予以守护。 

时光本身也因此遭受种种迫害。幕府在日后课以不合理的重税,以致他过着无马可骑、妻儿衣物不足的困窘生活。然而,时光为了正义奋战到底,大圣人于本篇御书称赞他为 “上野贤人”,给予最大的赞扬。

大圣人在文中举出中国 “鱼跃龙门” 的故事,以及日本平安时代平氏一族身份卑徽但 来教示成佛之难.更引用佛经所说的,舍 



汪又中娜出中困但跃龙门的故事 历经数代辛劳取得强大权势而昌隆的史实 利弗等人过去退转的例子教导凡夫为了成 以及口本

煞,命而活的人生中,必定会遇到障碍 2以实现世界和平为目标的誓愿能打开我们内在无限的可能性 国际创价学会是救济全人类的船、是哩迷鱼 




」卫触卿嗡哒生电蛇会酬继 之热原的20名农民偏徒因没有事实根据的罪而 黑馨超 夏奚看亏人被斩首.收到这封书信的南条时光在发生热原法难的时候 守护遭受弹压的同志们 况之下写的御书所以大圣人便通过‘鱼跃龙门的故事 严厉地指导门下, 传说中国有个叫 并滋励他们要超越危及性命的苦难 “龙门,,的澡布 过这个爆布就能变为龙可是, 很多鲤鱼都想要跃过这个瀑布,因为只要跃 00年、20年都没有一条鲤鱼跳得过去,那是 

因为汤布的流水很急促而且还会通到猎人和鸟类的袭击的缘故.这个故事是 比喻末法充塞着许多困难和障碍. 为了超越这种种的难大圣人呼吁弟子们须发大愿.这里的大愿,就是指佛 和菩萨自身成佛及要救济一切众生的百愿, 地涌菩萨所走的救济众人的伟大的人生道路上必然会有困难. 

鱼卫客男世五和至墟振的蛙卫侧月围吐在无担塑淮丝 跟此“大愿”意义相同的词就有“呀愿法华经里释称呼吁弟子们:有 没有人准备弘扬说出万人成佛的法华经呢? 大圣人也对门下说:“须同日莲共弘法华经. 于是弟子们便替愿要弘扬妙法 (御书936页) 遵照大圣人的这个指导为广布大愿而努力地活下去的就是创价三代会长, 特别是池田先生。 关于份愿池田先生这么说迫普只要贯彻窗愿就能与佛。合而为一体从 生命深处涌现佛界的无限力t," 

3.巨耀幽学会星纽挤金玺丝递卫继的塑查 所谓法华经的精神就是尽可能挽救更多人的慈悲。末法就像是在暴风雨天波 涛汹涌的海那样国际创价学会就是一艘在海上挽救溺水者的巨轮。而推进这 艘巨轮的我们都是佛 池田先生有这么说道: 法华经的‘不轻品’中有位佛名叫‘威音王佛。其实这佛井不是仅他 一代而绝灭最初的威音王佛人灭后后来出现的佛也称为威音王佛而且还 写道:‘就是这样一代接代,现已有二万亿佛,大家皆为同一个号. “也就是说两万亿的佛都名叫“威音王佛,在漫长的岁月中一直拯救济 着众生。 “户田先生敏锐地指出:这不就是拍冠名威音王佛的‘组织,和合僧团吗? 阴一个人在世的寿命是有限的但是若能哭持为广宣流布奋斗的根本精神, 由师匠传承到弟子一代传代作为一个组织如果不懈地坚持这方程式 那么,必定会产生不断拯救民众这永恒的佛之生命力."(随笔人本世 纪之光Ill) 因此,池田先生称创价学会为‘创价学会佛. 让我们以20工8年H月18日广宜流布誓愿章落成5周年纪念为目标努力去做 折伏吧 








Wednesday, April 26, 2017

IT'S ALL UP TO YOU. GUIDANCE ON DEVELOPING SUCCESSFUL RELATIONSHIPS.

IT'S ALL UP TO YOU. GUIDANCE ON DEVELOPING SUCCESSFUL RELATIONSHIPS.

Nichiren taught us that sufferings arise from "looking outside of oneself" for the cause or the solution to problems. The fact that it is you who are suffering means that it is your problem to solve, not someone else's. If you are looking for others to change, you may wait for a very long time. Still, people make extraordinary efforts to modify the behavior of others in an effort to make relationships work. But ultimately this is as futile as cleaning the mirror in an attempt to clean your face. The mirror will keep reflecting back the same image.

Through Buddhist practice, we start to see ourselves more accurately perhaps for the first time in our lives, with all our weaknesses and strengths. Day after day, we come to an ever-deepening realization (although sudden, remarkable flashes of self realization are quite common) that the relationships we have formed are a reflection of our own state of life. Then we can embark on the steady, long term process of developing our wisdom and capacity as human beings.

The key to transforming relationships lies in the process of transforming ourselves. Since the only person whose behavior you can control is yourself, use that power to the utmost. Work from the inside out.

Source: The Buddha In Your Mirror (Pg. 127 - 130)


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Monday, April 24, 2017

He is the only person in our history to receive three of the city’s highest honors.

*"He is the only person in our history to receive three of the city's highest honors."*

Perhaps owing to interest in the ceremony, which had been announced in national newspapers, some 4,000 city residents and SGI members gathered at Piazza della Signoria, the square in front of the Palazzo Vecchio, and watched the ceremony unfold on a giant television monitor.

Prior to the ceremony's start, the main theme from President Ikeda's novel The Human Revolution was projected on the screen:

*"A great human revolution in just a single individual will help achieve a change in the destiny of a nation, and, further, will enable a change in the destiny of all humankind"*


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Citizen of the World – Soka Gakkai International - USA

Citizen of the World – Soka Gakkai International - USA

Citizen of the World

SGI President Ikeda is named an honorary citizen of Florence, Italy, the birthplace of the Renaissance.

Florence, Italy, is the place where artists and poets of world renown ushered in the dawning of the human spirit. A new name was just engraved in the city's storied history: Daisaku Ikeda.

Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, conferred an honorary citizenship upon SGI President Ikeda for his enduring contributions to the blossoming of the human spirit and peacebuilding.

Photo: Seikyo Press
Flower of humanism—The city of Florence, Italy, confers an honorary citizenship upon SGI President Ikeda in the Salone dei Cinquecento of the Palazzo Vecchio—Florence's city hall since medieval times—which features many elegant works of Renaissance art. All photos by Seikyo Press.

The conferral ceremony was held on March 11 in the Salone dei Cinquecento (the Hall of the Five Hundred) of the Palazzo Vecchio, which has served as Florence's city hall since medieval times. Florence Mayor Dario Nardella attended the event, together with members of the city council, guests and 600 representatives of SGI Italy.

During the ceremony, Nobel Peace laureate Betty Williams offered congratulatory words, as did Professor Antonio La Spina of LUISS Guido Carli University.

Inside the impressive hall, the opposing walls feature giant fresco paintings exquisitely rendered by 16th-century court painters, including Giorgio Vasari, that depict the conquests of Pisa and Siena, and convey to current generations the victories that decided Florence's rise and prosperity.

An extraordinary statue, completed nearly 500 years ago, dominates the central niche in the south wall: "The Genius of Victory" by Michelangelo.

"He is the only person in our history to receive three of the city's highest honors."

Perhaps owing to interest in the ceremony, which had been announced in national newspapers, some 4,000 city residents and SGI members gathered at Piazza della Signoria, the square in front of the Palazzo Vecchio, and watched the ceremony unfold on a giant television monitor.

Prior to the ceremony's start, the main theme from President Ikeda's novel The Human Revolution was projected on the screen:

"A great human revolution in just a single individual will help achieve a change in the destiny of a nation, and, further, will enable a change in the destiny of all humankind" (p. viii).

Some 4,000 spectators gather at Piazza della Signoria to witness the conferral ceremony. Italian media reported on the news of the conferral.
Some 4,000 spectators gather at Piazza della Signoria to witness the conferral ceremony. Italian media reported on the news of the conferral.

Some gathered in the plaza nodded in agreement, while others recorded the words in their notebooks, giving one the sense that the curtain was being raised anew on the dawning of the human spirit.

President Ikeda has visited Florence on three occasions: 1981, 1992 and 1994. He demonstrated his commitment to the sharing of culture when the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum, which he founded, introduced the Treasures of Japanese Art exhibition in Florence, drawing on the museum's permanent collection.

"Dr. Ikeda's name will be eternally
engraved in the annals of Florence."

Moreover, inspired to action by President Ikeda's example, SGI members in Florence engaged in a series of efforts, including an exhibition and lectures on nuclear abolition aimed at raising awareness and interest in the importance of protecting the sanctity of life. They have also contributed to society as good citizens, winning trust in the community.

Florence has honored President Ikeda in the past with the Fiorino d'Oro Coin (1992) and the Seal of Peace (2007) in recognition of his efforts to promote culture and peace.

Andrea Pugliese, the Florence City council member who nominated the SGI leader for an honorary citizenship, said there is a special significance to this particular honor.

"The council was unanimous in its decision to welcome Dr. Ikeda to our city, which is unique among past recipients [of this honor]," Mr. Pugliese said. "More than anything, he is the only person in our history to receive three of the city's highest honors."

"A global society of peace and humanism, where no one is left behind."

Florence Mayor Dario Nardella (right) presents the honor to SGI Vice President Hiromasa Ikeda (center) who accepted it on President Ikeda's behalf. (Left to right) Professor Antonio La Spina of LUISS Guido Carli University, Florence City Council Chair Catarena Biti, Mr. Ikeda and Nobel Peace laureate Betty Williams help celebrate the occasion.
Florence Mayor Dario Nardella (right) presents the honor to SGI Vice President Hiromasa Ikeda (center) who accepted it on President Ikeda's behalf. (Left to right) Professor Antonio La Spina of LUISS Guido Carli University, Florence City Council Chair Catarena Biti, Mr. Ikeda and Nobel Peace laureate Betty Williams help celebrate the occasion.

The ceremony began with the city anthem. City Council Chair Catarina Biti gave the background leading to the conferral, while Professor La Spina and Ms. Williams offered words of congratulations.

Then, in his words conferring the honor, Mayor Nardella commended the SGI leader's contributions to peace, stating in a resounding voice, "Dr. Ikeda's name will be eternally engraved in the annals of Florence." The mayor and council chairman proceeded to sign the certificate of honorary citizenship and present it to SGI Vice President Hiromasa Ikeda, who accepted the honor on the SGI president's behalf. The hall erupted in thunderous applause.

Hiromasa Ikeda read a message from the SGI leader conveying his heartfelt appreciation. President Ikeda expressed his determination, together with the youth, to make the flower garden of humanism bloom, starting in Florence, so that its fragrance extends far into the future.

"From today onward, and as a proud citizen of Florence working together with all of you, I firmly vow to create a global society of peace and humanism, where no one is left behind."

This article was adapted from the March 13, 2017, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, the Soka Gakkai's daily newspaper.



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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Happiness through walking the path of faith and study

 Ikeda sensei wrote an article to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the publication of gosho. Published in SEIKYO shinbum today 22 April 2017.

Commemorating 65th year anniversary of the publication of gosho.

Happiness through walking the path of faith and study

22 April 2017 published in SEIKYO Shinbum

The gosho (daishonin's writings) is the "writing of hope" that clearly demonstrate "winter will never fail to turn to spring".
It is a "writing of dignity of life" that declare that "life itself is the ultimate treasure".
It is the "writing of peace" that pave the way of "establishing peace of the land".
It is the "writing of victories" that completely preached that "justice will surely win over the evil".

Deepening study could further deepen our faith, induce our awakening to one's life mission and ignite the fighting spirit to live for kosen rufu till the end.

Faith is always a battle. It is a daily battle against cowardice, laziness and arrogance, such are the devilish functions residing within one's heart that causes misery to our lives.
 
Study is the weapon for our spiritual struggle and the mirror for our self refinement.
In our struggle in our daily life and kosen rufu, we should read the gosho even a single line or a single passage.

It is important to make utmost efforts to try to understand and want to understand the gosho.
If one is serious, understanding could even penetrate through one's perspiratory pores.
There is a different to want to understand by one's thinking faculty and through faith.
There will come a time, when we will understand what was written when we apply it to our circumstances.
   
Nichiren Daishonin demonstrated to us the fundamental path of Buddhist practice.
He wrote "there is no Buddhism without practice and study"
If we do not study we will not be able to convince others.

We will not achieve growth and not obtain the strength to make a change in society if we do not put study in actual practice.
Practice and study are like a dual wheels- the actual practice of study Itself is the tradition of the gakkai.


(This is a tentative translation not from Sgi translation department.Please do not circulate.)


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NEVER GIVE UP

After nearly dying of an overdose, Kelvin Carr learns that his life is worth fighting for.

Growing up, I suffered from terrible anxiety, making it difficult to say hello or even smile. Although my parents encouraged me to chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, like many young people I had no interest in following any religion. As my high school years progressed, I started experiencing extreme anxiety. I sought relief in marijuana, but soon it wasn't cutting it anymore. By my senior year, I was addicted to heroin.

On Dec. 22, 2012, I overdosed in my room. My dad found me at 3:30 in the morning, not breathing. He woke up my mother, who dialed 911 while my father performed CPR on me until the paramedics arrived. When I came to, I had no memory of what happened, nor did I understand the trauma of my parents' experience. After that incident, I stopped using heroin for more than a year.

But by 2014, I was using again. I quickly went into rehab with the help of my father. When I got out in July, I started working on a fishing boat, which was great while the season was busy. But when things started winding down, I missed the feeling I got from heroin.

On Oct. 3, 2014, I overdosed again, which put me into a coma. The next day, the doctors explained to my parents that after two brain scans, no brain activity was detected, and my kidneys had ceased functioning. They would soon need to make the decision to disconnect the machines that were keeping me alive.

My life was hanging by a thread, but my parents believed what SGI President Ikeda has taught them—to never give up. For them, defeat was not an option. Every day, my parents and members would come to my hospital bedside and chant for me. The women's division members visited often, chanting next to my ear while holding my hand.

I learned that members all over the country were chanting for me, too. My dad's friend, who was at the Florida Nature and Culture Center for the SGI-USA Men's Conference, called to say that the men were chanting for me along with our general director. After the 10th day, my body started to respond. The doctors were speechless, since all indications were that I was destined to die. But they did not know about the power of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.

By the 12th day, I started to come out of the coma. However, I had suffered a stroke, and my left side was paralyzed. As I slowly regained consciousness, I still didn't know what was going on or understand what had happened to me. The doctors warned my parents that I would need constant medical help and would never be able to live a normal life. I was transferred to multiple hospitals, where I was hooked up to a breathing machine and feeding tube.

For four months, my parents visited me twice a day and brought extra food and supplements. They always chanted in my room. In every hospital where I stayed, all my roommates were terminal. I was the only one to ever leave. Slowly I began the process of learning to sit up and, with even more difficulty, to stand.

In the beginning, I could not take even one step unassisted. I had to be weaned off the breathing apparatus. The doctors considered me a miracle, but my parents and the members knew that it could only be the power of chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.

I was discharged on Feb. 3, 2015, and was very fortunate to be admitted into a world-renowned physical therapy program for the next 11 months. I was frustrated because I couldn't move the way I once did, but I knew deep inside that I had to use this opportunity to show actual proof. Nichiren Daishonin writes: "Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is like the roar of a lion. What sickness can therefore be an obstacle?" ("Reply to Kyo'o," The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, p. 412). Every day before and after rehab, I would chant to strengthen my resolve to regain full function of my body.

With the encouragement of my young men's leaders, I started to support intro-to-Buddhism meetings and enrolled in a junior college to continue my education. It was not easy, since I needed to review many of my high school courses because of the stroke, but I worked hard at it.

I joined the Gajokai Academy, an SGI young men's training group, and began doing Gajokai shifts consistently every Wednesday night at my local Buddhist center. Today, it is my honor to welcome members and guests, and to give back to the environment that has fully supported me through the darkest moments in my life.

When I started to participate regularly in SGI activities, my recovery accelerated. I was able to go to the Hall of the Great Vow for Kosen-rufu in Tokyo, and I recently attended two FNCC conferences. Although I still had remnants of anxiety, I was so inspired to hear the amazing faith experiences of other young men that it gave me the courage to begin sharing my own experience. That conference became a turning point in my life and my practice. I am proud to report that I am now able to drive myself to SGI activities and to school, where I am studying to become a substance abuse counselor. In addition, my body is almost completely functional and still improving every day. Recently, I was appointed a young men's vice district leader. These are tremendous victories for a person who was supposed to die, or destined to live in a long-term care facility.

With the sincere prayers and support of my SGI family, and looking toward the gathering of 50,000 youth in 2018, I am determined to share this Buddhism with as many individuals as I can, and have them experience the great joy of this practice.

I am a Bodhisattva of the Earth, and I will be victorious over and over again. I will defeat all the obstacles and challenges that lie ahead of me. I will do all of this with my mentor, President Ikeda, whose spirit inspired my parents to fight by my side, and enabled me to never give up.

by Kelvin Carr
ORANGE, CALIF.
The World Tribune, March 2017


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