Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Singapore President Nathan Sends Birthday Message to SGI President Ikeda

Singapore President Nathan Sends Birthday Message to SGI President Ikeda

On January 14, Republic of Singapore President S R Nathan sent a belated birthday message to SGI President Daisaku Ikeda. It reads as follows:

Dear Mr Ikeda,

Congratulations on the joyous occasion of your 80th birthday.

The Soka Association in Singapore has made valuable contributions to our community over the years. Their work is in furtherance of your personal philosphy for the Soka Movement, ie to promote universal understanding to the benefit of all. Your vision, and your leadership of the Soka Gakkai International and committment to the humanitarian causes around the world have been a great source of encouragement for local Soka Movements all over the world. Your local chapter in Sinagpore is working towards that end — promoting the well-being of peoples locally and thus contributing to peace.

On behalf of my fellow Singaporeans, I wish you many more years of good health, and success in leading the Soka Movement in the various humanitarian missions that the Soka Gakkai International and its branches abroad are undertaking.

Yours sincerely, S R Nathan

(Extracted from the SSA Times, Issue 310)
23/8/16, 8:35:23 AM: Kwee! Chang: Above message sent by Mr SR Nathan to Sensei on his 80th birthday in 2008

Saturday, August 20, 2016


21st Aug. DAILY GOSHO :

" How sad is this lot of ours, that all who are born must perish ! Though one may live to a great age, in the end one cannot escape this impermanence --- " 🙏

Conversation between a Sage and an Unenlightened Man

8月21日, 御书圣训 :
献给您的每一天 。

悲 哉 ! 生 者 必 灭 , 纵 得 长 寿 , 终 不 免 于 无 常 。

《 圣 愚 问 答 抄 》

真可悲呢 ? " 生者必灭 " 是世间的常理 。纵使获得长寿 , 最终也逃不过无常 。 🙏

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Sensei's guidances

🙏17th Aug Daily Guidance by Daisaku Ikeda:
It is important to be wise. Having people point out your shortcomings and help you weed out your bad habits at the root is, in the long run, a great help to you. If the roofs of those bad habits remain, they will gradually begin to affect your life more and more adversely, moving you in a harmful destructive direction.


🙏18th Aug Daily Guidance by Daisaku Ikeda: Anyone who has ever made a resolution discovers that the strength of his determination fades with time. The moment you feel that is happening is when you should make a fresh determination.


🙏19th Aug Daily Guidance by Daisaku Ikeda:
Only when you experience the crushing, painful depths of sufferings can you begin to understand the true meaning of life. Precisely because you have experienced great sufferings, it is imperative that you go on living. The important thing is to keep moving forward. If you use your sadness as a source of growth, you will become a person of greater depth and breadth - an even more wonderful you. This is the harvest of your pain and sufferings.


🙏20th Aug Daily Guidance by Daisaku Ikeda:
A debased, decadent life that produces nothing of value or meaning, no matter how fun and cool it may seem on the surface, is empty and vain. It is a destructive and wretched existence. Please use wisdom and good sense in all things, and lead wonderful, fulfilling lives.


🙏21st Aug Daily Guidance by Daisaku Ikeda:
As part of a larger whole - be it a family or social group - it's important for us to have the spirit and wisdom to harmonize and get along with others. The ability to be flexible and to accommodate different views is itself a sign of a solid sense of self. We should neither be lazy, blindly following the crowd, for self-centred, blindly going against it. Rather, we should seek balance and harmony. Being able to demonstrate such wisdom shows a strong self-identity.


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Don't blame your family for not taking faith... It's time for HR!

(To a woman who is worried about her husband not professing faith)

I'm sure you've heard the story of a man who was scared out of his wits at the sight of a withered tree. He felt so isolated and terrified walking through the darkness of night that, when he saw a tall tree swaying in the wind, he took it for a ghost. It was he who was terror-striken, and it was his own timidity which caused that fear. In other words, he was both his own attacker and victim. It would have been no use suing the tree, for tree have no inherent power to frighten people. If they did, we would never be able to admire their beauty.

I cited this story because I want you to understand that whether or not you can solve your problem with your husband depends on your own determination. Right now you feel it is his fault that you cannot participate in activities. However, his opposition is only the external cause; there is also an internal cause within yourself. Viewed from this principle, you have the bad karma to suffer on account of your husband. In order to change your problem, there is no other alternative but to grapple squarely with it. It is precisely because your husband is not yet a member that you must strenghten your faith and pray to the Gohonzon so that you will be able to do activities together with him as soon as possible.

You say your husband is strong in his obstinacy. Conversely speaking, this means that you are weak. I don't mean that you should be equally obstinate in arguing with him, but rather, that you should be strong in your determination to challenge your own destiny. Don't bear a grudge against your husband. Rather, become someone he can trust. Fundamentally, you must change your own karma. When you exert yourself toward realizing your human revolution and take responsibility for your family's happiness, your husband will inevitably come to recognize the great power of the Mystic Law and eventually take faith in it.


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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Guidance 13, 14 August

13 Aug 2016, Daily Guidance by Daisaku Ikeda:
A person of few words is likely to have far more substance and depth than someone who talks just for the sake of hearing his own voice! Someone who takes action swiftly and effectively is a great deal more trustworthy than someone who is all talk. Of far greater importance than whether one is quiet or talkative is whether or not one possesses rich inner substance.
🙏8月13日 2016, 池田先生今日指导:
本来就有些人言不及义,有时还不如话少的人来得有深度。确实完成当为之事的人,远比光说不练的人值得信赖。关键不在于爱不爱说话,而是在于心灵是否丰裕。😀Happy weekend / 周末愉快😃

🙏14th Aug 2016, Daily Guidance by Daisaku Ikeda: Human relationship problems are opportunities for you to grow and mature. Such problems can be character building if you don't let them defeat you. That's why it's important not to isolate yourself. No one can exist apart from others. Remaining aloof from others cultivates only selfish-ness, and that accomplishes nothing.
🙏8月14日 2016, 池田先生今日指导:
正因为有人际关系的"烦恼",所以自己才能成长。如能克服烦恼,则能隨之培养"人格"。因此,不能过于孤独,人是绝不可能独自生存的。否则,只会变得以自我为中心的任性者。😊Have A Beautiful Sunday / 有一个美丽的星期天😊

Sensei's guidance:
"Wherever you may go, you will attain happiness if you never abandon your practice of Nichiren Buddhism throughout your life."

Sensei's guidance:
"We each possess a diamond of happiness in our hearts that we can uncover only by making continuous efforts, never giving up or allowing ourselves to be discouraged. Such perseverance will give birth to wisdom and ingenuity, enabling us to break through any adversity."

Sensei's guidance:
"Everyone has problems or worries of some kind.
We should turn problems into opportunities for chanting daimoku (Nam-myoho-renge-kyo), the fundamental means by which anyone can move their lives in the direction of good and happiness.


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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Do not disparage oneself

Buddhism Day by Day
Wisdom for Modern Life by Daisaku Ikeda
Friday, August 12, 2016

When you look at those of superior capacity, do not disparage yourself.  The Buddha's true intention was that no one, even those of inferior capacity, be denied enlightenment. Conversely, when you compare yourself with persons of inferior capacity, do not be arrogant and over proud.Even persons of superior capacity may be excluded from enlightenment if they do not devote themselves wholeheartedly. -Nichiren 

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"Courage is another word for compassion"

For Today and Tomorrow
Daily Encouragement by Daisaku Ikeda
Friday, August 12, 2016

Courage is free. Anyone can have it.  Courage is another name for the SGI spirit. Mr.Toda said: "The Buddha is filled with compassion, but it is hard for us common mortals to show compassion.  So we must have courage instead."  In other words, when we work courageously for kosen-rufu, our actions by their very nature, become compassionate. 

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