Growing Together as a Family

Advancing with the Gosho: Words of Encouragement

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Arouse deep faith, and diligently polish your mirror day and night. How should you polish it? Only by chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.
“On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime”
The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, p. 4

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Growing Together as a Family

Chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is the ultimate way to polish our lives; it is a practice open to everyone. The summer holiday period offers a perfect opportunity for parents and children to do gongyo and chant daimoku [Nam-myoh0-renge-kyo] together. Families chanting together as one create a space of unsurpassed hope and harmony. There are times when parents share their convictions in faith with their children, and times when children become “good friends,” or positive influences, to help guide their parents on the path of Buddhist practice. Even when parents and children are far apart, their prayers can reach one another.

We are all members of the Soka Gakkai family. Let’s grow together this summer, with vibrant gongyo and daimoku!

— From the Aug. 3, 2017, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, the Soka Gakkai’s daily newspaper

Tan, the Duke of Chou, was so earnest in receiving callers that he would wring out his hair three times in the course of washing it, or spit out his food three times in the course of a meal [in order not to keep them waiting]. Consider this carefully so that you will have no cause to reproach me later. What is called Buddhism is found in this behavior. 
“The Three Kinds of Treasure”
The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, p. 851

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Friendship Is One of Life’s Greatest Treasures

These words are addressed to Shijo Kingo, warning him not to let his short temper get the better of him.

The true spirit of Buddhism pulses in behavior that demonstrates humanity and common sense; it is found in courtesy, sincerity and warm consideration.

We strive to spread heart-to-heart ties in our communities as good citizens. We make efforts to catch up and converse with old friends as well as make new friends. Friendship is one of life’s greatest treasures, and the trust of others is a source of infinite pride and honor.

Treating each person with respect, let’s wisely form good friendships with many people!

— From the Aug. 11, 2017, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, the Soka Gakkai’s daily newspaper


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