The Daily #Encouragement (for #WorldPeace) – Background and Rationales on #Nichiren #Buddhism

19 Dec

Today’s The Daily Encouragement offers a glimpse into the history of these affirmations:

"Encouragement – offering encouraging words – is important.

Nichiren Daishonin states, "The voice does the Buddha’s work"

(Gosho Zenshu, p. 708).

Sincere words of encouragement have the power to give people hope and courage to go on living."

Daisaku Ikeda


As these usually are reflections off of the actual, living, often unabridged and exhaustively researched scriptures (Gosho) penned down directly and individually by the founder of this School, Nichiren Daishoning in 13th Century Japan, having a direct quote helps some of us reflect on both the purity and lineage of their provenance – but above all, the relentless compassion exhibited in them, as Nichiren endured countless trials and persecutions at a time in History where "Human Rights" where almost non-existent – at least by today’s Standards.

Having the good fortune to have Dr. Ikeda conduct caring and compassionate elaborations on them, expanding on their meaning and intention, is a source of joy for most of us – as we are ultimately facing very similar conditions in terms of dealing with our individual sets of circumstances.

Hence, being able to look back and understand the inherent value of a word of ‘encouragement’ does make each and one of these impromptu shares more meaningful to us, specially at a time when the sharing happens in so many places and at such spontaneous ways, thanks to Mr. Ikeda’s lifelong pursuit of making them available to as many people as humanly possible.

(I think)

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