Archive | March, 2014

#TDE – Encouragement: …Carts before Horses? – No. ( Insights on #WorldPeace and the Individual = #Buddhism… )

27 Mar

The Daily Encouragement:

(March 27th’s)

"While controlling your mind, which is at once both extremely subtle and solemnly profound, you should strive to elevate your faith with freshness and vigor.

When you do so, both your life and your surroundings will open wide before you and every action you take will become a source of benefit.

Understanding the subtle workings of one’s mind is the key to faith and attaining Buddhahood in this lifetime."

Daisaku Ikeda
http://www.DaisakuIkeda.Org
http://SGI.Org

(Me?… Subtleties aside, the clear-cut connection between steadfast prayer and one’s ability to elevate one’s game, so to speak – as ultimately we also enjoy sayin’ that "…it’s all about winning OR losing…")

Illustration in Pink?… @Pinterest Board "Sages & Typefaces" for source URL & Credits…

#TDE – #Encouragement: Rising, Elevating, Value, always creating… ( #WorldPeace – #Buddhist Standpoint )

24 Mar

The Daily Encouragement today (3/24) states succintly:

"When we practice gongyo and chant daimoku [our twice daily liturgy] before the Gohonzon, the good and evil capacities of our lives begin to function as the exalted form of fundamental existence.

Lives that are full of the pain of Hell, lives that are in the state of Hunger, lives warped by the state of Anger – such lives too begin to move in the direction of creating their own personal happiness and value.

Lives being pulled toward misfortune and unhappiness are redirected and pulled in the opposite direction, toward good, when they make the Mystic Law their base."

Dr Daisaku Ikeda
SGI.Org
DaisakuIkeda.Org
IkedaQuotes.Org

(Me? Gotta go chant, yes!… Good Morning World!)

#TDE
#Encouragement
#Rising
#Elevating
#Value
#Creating
#Creation
#HumanRevolution
#NingenKakumei
a.k.a. #WorldPeace or #KosenRufu
#Buddhist
#Standpoint
#Ichinen
#Sanzen
#TenWorlds
#TenFactors
#ThreeRealms
#LifeCondition

= #Peace – at the level our individual and personal reformations so allow it.

(Illustration – Via @Pinterest’s "Sages & Typefaces" Board… seen ’em?… by-the-hundreds!)

#TDE – #Encouragement: On Committed, Heartfelt Participation (in #WorldPeace-driven #SGI Activities)

19 Mar

The Daily Encouragement for March 19th? On Point!

"By devoting ourselves earnestly to SGI activities, we gain the ability to turn all difficulties and obstacles into benefit, recognizing that earthly desires and delusions are enlightenment and that the sufferings of birth and death are nirvana.

No matter how unpleasant the circumstances we find ourselves in, we can transform them into hope and good fortune – into eternal happiness. How incredible this is!"

Dr. Daisaku Ikeda
President
SGI.Org

As usual by now, I reflect personally on above. In this case, with 3/19 (St. Joseph’s Day in my aboriginal culture/belief system mindset back in 1960’s Venezuela) also becoming a key Milestone in 1994, when my ‘Companion for Kosen-Rufu’ (Wife of + 22 years) and I visited the U.S. of A. briefly – and made an internal commitment to legally migrate into its Society.

Above encouragement encapsulates what made the first decade fly by, although the rate of ascent was so steep – and what made the second decade crash from cruising altitudes we erroneously assumed we had earned to remain into, effortlessly.

So now as I enter this third decade, the task of finding a balance between benefits that bite in their intensity and time-demands, and activities that can impact them negatively, is where the argument for the wisdom gained through heartfelt and thorough examination of the self finds itself becoming ever more valuable.

Focus, it seems, remains an elusive component.

"Sit up straight and meditate on The True Entity of Life" may serve thus (to regain focus)

Of course, connecting these now classic nuggets of observational wisdom with fresher ones, interlaced with the perpetual stream of fresh content we are fortunately endowed with, may also allow for a broader definition of what an ‘activity’ entails/consists of… as in very recent #TDE asking us to reach out and broaden our involvement into our immediate surroundings – especially past the boundaries of our Dharma.

See? "Dependent Origination" meets "Practice what you Post" – across these restless timelines!

#TDE – On Youthful Accoutrements (#Encouragement towards #WorldPeace) http://SGI.Org

16 Mar

The Daily Encouragement:

"March 16, Kosen-rufu [Japanese: World Peace] Day.

The spirit of this day lies not in magnificent ceremonies or high-sounding words. It lies in being victorious.

That is the most crucial thing in all endeavors.

In life and in kosen-rufu, we either win or lose.

I would like you to be absolute victors in both. No matter what excuses we try to make, giving in to defeat brings misery and loses us the respect of others.

I hope each of you without exception will *** adorn *** your life with indestructible triumph."

Daisaku Ikeda
http://DaisakuIkeda.Org

(Me? Not giving in, no…)

(…as I put on some of that triumph, yes)

Article: Book World: ‘HRC,’ inside Clinton’s State Dept. and the political machine

9 Mar

Book World: ‘HRC,’ inside Clinton’s State Dept. and the political machine

http://m.washingtonpost.com/opinions/hrc-state-secrets-and-the-rebirth-of-hillary-clinton-by-jonathan-allen-and-amie-parnes/2014/02/06/d0983e4a-8cce-11e3-95dd-36ff657a4dae_story.html

Relevant excerpt:

“The scene takes place not long after Clinton’s devastating loss in the 2008 presidential primaries to Barack Obama. In a quiet office in her shuttered campaign headquarters in Arlington, a pair of Clinton loyalists are finishing a detailed Excel spreadsheet listing names and behavioral specifics of friends and betrayers. The gradations of loyalty and disloyalty are ranked at one point on a scale of one to seven, one being assigned to lawmakers who stuck with Hillary through thick and thin, seven going to those showing unforgivable treachery — often Democratic members of Congress who were expected to endorse her but broke for Obama; or, worse, allies for whom the Clintons had raised money or done other favors — like writing letters to get their kids into some fancy school — only to be jilted in the rush to the junior senator from Illinois.”

#TDE – #Encouragement for #WorldPeace: #Rousseau on Courage’s Virtues

8 Mar

The Daily Encouragement:

"The great French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712- 78) wrote in his work Emile: "There is no happiness without courage nor virtue without struggle."

Without courage there is no happiness and it is impossible to create a life of value.

This is an unchanging rule of human existence."

Dr. Daisaku Ikeda

(and a thought from a very successful lady writer, perhaps to illustrate?)

#Encouragement – NOT to let go! ( #WorldPeace through #Individual #Reformation = #Nichiren #Buddhism via #SokaGakkai ) #TDE

5 Mar

The Daily Encouragement:

"The efforts made by one individual can be immensely important.

Nichiren Daishonin repeatedly states that victory depends not on numbers but on a group or individual’s attitude or resolve.

In one passage he writes: "Everyone in Japan, from the sovereign on down to the common people, all without exception tried to do me harm, but I have survived until this day. This is because, although I am alone, I have firm faith [in the Lotus Sutra]"

Dr. Daisaku Ikeda

#TDE – March 3rd –
SGI.Org
DaisakuIkeda.Org
SGI-USA.Org
IkedaQuotes.Org

(Me? Usually astounded at the ‘Chutzpah’ certain individuals display, especially when faced with crowds of discontent… are those the times History has been shaped?… we’ll let History judge them, then!)

#LotusSutra = #Saddharmapundarikasutra, or "The Sutra of The Wonderful Law" or "Myoho Rengue Kyo" which equates/roughly translates to ‘Mystic Law of Simultaneity of Cause & Effect contained/expressed/demonstrated by The Vibrations that Build Life’…

Google also "Richard Causton The Buddha in Daily Life" or "Greg Martin The Buddha in Your Mirror" or also head out to:

http://www.MiddleWayPress.Com

for much more on how some manage to build said ‘attitude and resolve’

F.

(Photo Credit/Source: @Pinterest > "Sages & Typefaces" it’s all linked thereby therefore thereto their rights preserved been, yes)