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QUOTES ON BUDDHIST CONCEPTS BY DAISAKU IKEDA

10 April 2013

“It is only when we push ourselves beyond our limits that our success becomes meaningful to ourselves and respected by others. Living a ‘safe’ existence in which we merely abide by society’s rules is to shirk the bigger challenges involved in living in a way which both maximizes our positive, creative influence and actively tackles those forces which cause suffering and abuse.” – WIN OR LOSE

“The key to the transformation of the world of Anger lies in self-mastery-channeling the energy that has formerly been directed toward winning over others into winning over oneself. This begins simply with the humility to respect and admire what is praiseworthy in others.” – THE WORLD OF ANGER

“”The Lotus Sutra explains that Buddhahood is already present in all life. It teaches absolute equality and emphasizes that even within the life of a person apparently dominated by evil, there exists the unpolished jewel of the Buddha nature. No one else gives it to us or judges whether we ‘deserve’ it.” – WHO IS A BUDDHA?

“Shakyamuni describes the quality of his own enlightenment as an eternal and enduring life-state characterized by constant vitality and rejuvenation. He then stresses that it is his unchanging wish to enable all people to experience this elevated condition of life. The question, then, is just how we can attain that same eternally fresh and youthful state of life.” -YOUTHFULNESS

“”In a letter to a follower, Nichiren explains where the ultimate reality exists. It is in the depths of the lives of all people. He writes, ‘No treasure tower exists other than the figures of the men and women who embrace the Lotus Sutra.'” – THE TREASURE TOWER

“Nichiren’s practice of chanting ‘Nam-myoho-renge-kyo’ with faith in our inherent Buddha nature actualizes the principles of ichinen sanzen in the life of the practitioner. More than enabling one to see things from a different perspective, Nichiren’s teaching emphasizes our ability to positively transform the world for the benefit of oneself and others.” – THREE THOUSAND REALMS IN A SINGLE MOMENT OF LIFE.

“”At the root of human misery, Buddhism sees three destructive impulses: greed, anger and foolishness, which it terms the ‘three poisons.’ These are the essence of all the delusions and negative workings of life that impede the realization of our full potential for happiness and creativity.” -THREE POISONS – THE SOURCE OF THE PROBLEM

“Strengthening our inner state so that we are able to resist and even transform the most difficult and negative conditions is the purpose of Buddhist practice. Based on his reading of the Lotus Sutra, the sixth-century Chinese Buddhist T’ien-t’ai developed a system that classifies human experience into ten states or ‘worlds.'” – TEN WORLDS

“The ten factors are introduced in the Lotus Sutra to define the fundamental reality of life. ‘This reality consists of appearance, nature, entity, power, influence, internal cause, relation, latent effect, manifest effect and their consistency from beginning to end.’ By viewing a given state of affairs with the perspective of the ten factors, it can become easier to identify the root of suffering and change the situation so it leads to joy.” – TEN FACTORS

“”The Lotus Sutra itself provides a model for shakubuku in the person of Bodhisattva Never Disparaging, who would bow deeply before each person he encountered, telling them he deeply revered them because they possessed the Buddha nature.” – SHAKUBUKU: ENABLING PEOPLE TO REVEAL THEIR TRUE POTENTIAL

“Nichiren specifically rejected the prevailing belief that all Buddhism could offer was the hope of comfort after death, and that the best attitude to take toward life was one of patient enduring. His most important treatise, entitled Rissho Ankoku Ron, literally ‘On Establishing the Correct Teaching for the Peace of the Land,’ presented to the political ruler of the day in July 1260, was a passionate cry for a return to the original purpose of Buddhism–securing the peace and happiness of the people.” – RISSHO ANKOKU – SECURING PEACE FOR THE PEOPLE

“Buddhist prayer may be thought of as a focused expression of the sentiments of yearning, commitment and appreciation. It is, however, distinguished by the fact that Buddhism locates the divine within the life of the individual practitioner. The purpose of Buddhist prayer is to awaken our innate inner capacities of strength, courage and wisdom rather than to petition external forces.” – PRAYER IN BUDDHISM

“The bodhisattva’s practice is one of ardent commitment to  self-development while also seeking to ease the suffering of others and  bring happiness and benefit to them.” – PRACTICE FOR ONESELF AND OTHERS

“At the most fundamental level of life itself, there is no separation between ourselves and the environment. According to Buddhism, everything around us, including work and family relationships, is the reflection of our inner lives. Everything is perceived through the self and alters according to the individual’s inner state of life. Thus, if we change ourselves, our circumstances will inevitably change also.” – THE ONENESS OF SELF AND ENVIRONMENT

“The role of the mentor is to point toward an ideal and the most effective means of its achievement, while the disciple strives to realize this ideal on an even greater scale than has been achieved by the mentor. The shared ideal, and the shared struggle to realize it, create a profound closeness in the lives of mentor and disciple–what Buddhism describes as the ‘oneness’ of mentor and disciple. This is the lifeblood of Buddhism.” – THE ONENESS OF MENTOR AND DISCIPLE

“Buddhism regards life as the unity of the physical and the spiritual. It views all things, whether material or spiritual, seen or unseen, as manifestations of the same ultimate universal law or source of life defined in the Nichiren tradition as Myoho-renge-kyo. The physical and spiritual aspects of our lives are completely inseparable and of equal importance.” – THE ONENESS OF BODY AND MIND

“Strict observation of the precepts, in the sense of restrictions on behavior, has been supplanted by the ideal of compassionate bodhisattva practice–the self-motivated actions of lay believers fully integrated into the social life of their community who ease the suffering and contribute to the well-being of the members of that community.” – OBSERVING THE PRECEPTS

“The most fundamental layer of consciousness is the ninth or amala consciousness. Unstained by the workings of karma, this consciousness represents our true, eternal self. The revolutionary aspect of Nichiren Buddhism is that it seeks to directly bring forth the energy of this consciousness–the enlightened nature of the Buddha–thus purifying the other, more superficial layers of consciousness.” – THE NINE CONSCIOUSNESSES

“The Middle Way should not be confused with passivity or a kind of middle-of-the-road compromise. To tread the Middle Way rather implies ongoing effort. In the broadest sense, the Middle Way refers to the correct view of life that the Buddha teaches, and to the actions or attitudes that will create happiness for oneself and others.” – THE MIDDLE WAY

“Nichiren regarded Nam-myoho-renge-kyo as the Mystic Law, the natural principle governing the workings of life in the universe, the law to which all Buddhas are enlightened and the true aspect of our own lives. He saw the practice of repeatedly invoking this law as the ‘direct path to enlightenment.’ The phrase can be literally translated as ‘I devote myself to the Lotus Sutra of the Wonderful Law.'” – THE MEANING OF NAM-MYOHO-RENGE-KYO

“”A core theme of the sutra is the idea that all people equally and without exception possess ‘Buddha nature.’ The message of the Lotus Sutra is to encourage people’s faith in their own Buddha nature, their own inherent capacity for wisdom, courage and compassion.” – THE LOTUS SUTRA

“…genuine joy lies not in simply being able to avoid or escape from one’s own suffering, but in freeing others from their suffering. In other words, the greatest value in life lies in the desire to live and work for the benefit of others. Buddhism terms this desire the ‘bodhisattva vow.'” – LIFESPAN AND THE BODHISATTVA VOW

“”In the words of Nichiren, ‘The purpose of the appearance in this world of Shakyamuni Buddha, the lord of teachings, lies in his behavior as a human being.’ His core purpose was to enable people to draw on their inner resources of wisdom, courage and compassion in meeting the inevitable challenges of life.” – THE LIFE OF SHAKYAMUNI

“While Nichiren demonstrated a severely critical stance toward what he regarded as distortion or corruption of the core message of Buddhism, his letters of guidance and encouragement to his followers record a tender concern for people who were disregarded within medieval Japanese society.” – THE LIFE OF NICHIREN

“For the members of the SGI, kosen-rufu means the ceaseless effort to enhance the value of human dignity, to awaken all people to a sense of their limitless worth and potential. As SGI President Daisaku Ikeda notes, ‘Kosen-rufu does not mean the end point or terminus of a flow, but it is the flow itself, the very pulse of living Buddhism within society.'” – KOSEN-RUFU

“”Karma is, like everything, in constant flux. We create our own present and future by the choices we make in each moment. Understood in this light, the teaching of karma does not encourage resignation, but empowers us to become the protagonists in the unfolding drama of our lives.” – KARMA

“It is precisely through challenging our self-centeredness through committed altruistic action that we can expand and extend the lesser self toward the ideal of the greater self. Our being expands, as does our capacity for joy, to the degree that we take action for the happiness of others. Such an expansion brings forth wisdom from our lives, enabling us to be ever more effective in these compassionate efforts.” – THE GREATER SELF

“Gratitude is the key to unlocking a more open and rewarding perspective on life. Feelings of appreciation are always accompanied by the elevation of one’s state of life and the broadening of one’s perspective. And, the more our life expands, the more profound our sense of gratitude becomes, to the point where we can feel appreciation even for the problems we face in life.” – GRATITUDE

“People affect each other in subtle and complex ways, and it is important to develop the ability to discern the nature of that influence. According to Buddhism, ‘bad’ friends are those who encourage our weaknesses. A truly good friend is someone with the compassion and courage to tell us even those things we would prefer not to hear, which we must confront if we are to develop and grow in our lives.” – GOOD FRIENDS

“If we lack the courage to confront evil acts, or tendencies toward hatred and discrimination, both within ourselves and in society, they will spread unchecked, as history shows. Martin Luther King, Jr., lamented, ‘We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.'” – GOOD AND EVIL

“Nichiren’s contribution was to establish a clear mirror, the Gohonzon, which perfectly reflects the state of Buddhahood inherent in life, and which could thus enable all people, regardless of their circumstances or ability, to draw out and manifest this Buddha nature. Nichiren’s use of script rather than images reflects his commitment that this ‘mirror’ be universal, free of the connotations of race and gender inherent in depictions of specific personages.” – THE GOHONZON

“While the Buddha’s enlightenment may transcend the realm of reason, it is not irrational, nor does it resist rational examination. Faith in the Buddha’s teaching is in fact the basis for a mode of intellectual examination which enlists not only analytical capacities but also seeks to develop the intuitive wisdom found in the deepest spiritual strata of the human being.” – FAITH AND REASON

“A clear awareness and correct understanding of the nature of death can enable us to live without fear and with strength, clarity of purpose and joy. Buddhism views the universe as a vast living entity, in which cycles of individual life and death are repeated without cease. Death is therefore a necessary part of the life process, making possible renewal and new growth.” – THE ETERNITY OF LIFE

“Nichiren stresses, ‘…among the teachings of the Lotus Sutra, that of women attaining Buddhahood is foremost.’ And, in another letter, he writes, ‘Only in the Lotus Sutra do we read that a woman who embraces this sutra not only excels all other women but surpasses all men.’ Nichiren vowed to share the Lotus Sutra’s hopeful message with all the women of Japan.” – THE ENLIGHTENMENT OF WOMEN

“An understanding of ku [emptiness] helps us to see that, despite how we may see them, things–people, situations, relationships, our own lives–are not fixed, but dynamic, constantly changing and evolving. They are filled with latent potential which can become manifest at any time.” – EMPTINESS

“SGI discussion meetings are held in all corners of the globe, usually on a monthly basis. The meetings are held in local neighborhoods, and give people the opportunity to develop the kind of relations that are increasingly rare in contemporary urban environments–where people may live for years as neighbors without developing any personal connection.” – DISCUSSION MEETINGS

“The practice of dialogue expresses a central tenet of Buddhism–faith in human beings, in their limitless dignity and potential as possessors and embodiments of universal truth. In the Buddhist tradition, dialogue–open and respect-based human interaction–has played a central part in the quest to discover and identify common or universal values that would allow human beings to live in the best, most humane and empowering ways.” – DIALOGUE IN BUDDHISM

“The teachings of Nichiren stress the transformation, rather than the elimination, of desire. Desires and attachments are seen as fueling the quest for enlightenment. As he wrote: ‘Now Nichiren and others who chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo… burn the firewood of earthly desires and behold the fire of enlightened wisdom.'” – DESIRES AND ENLIGHTENMENT

“What may to one person seem a simple problem may be experienced by another as overwhelming and insurmountable. But the process of summoning up the courage required to take action is always the same regardless of how seemingly big or small the challenge.” – COURAGE

“The process of changing poison into medicine begins when we approach difficult experiences as an opportunity to reflect on ourselves and to strengthen and develop our courage and compassion. Suffering can thus serve as a springboard for a deeper experience of happiness. From the perspective of Buddhism, inherent in all negative experiences is this profound positive potential.” – CHANGING POISON IN MEDICINE

“The type of unity aspired to is not a mechanical uniformity, imposed or coerced from without. Rather, it is unity that has at its heart respect for the diverse and unique qualities of each individual. Such unity arises, to quote SGI President Ikeda, when people ‘treasure each other as unique and irreplaceable individuals, and try to bring out the best in each other.'” – BUDDHIST UNITY (ITAI DOSHIN)

“From the Buddhist perspective, given the mind-boggling number of life-forms that fill the universe, human life is a rare privilege with special responsibilities. Ultimately, the Buddhist understanding of human dignity is rooted in the idea that we are able to choose the path of self-perfection.” – BUDDHISM AND HUMAN DIGNITY

“Nichiren clarifies that respecting others, as exemplified by the actions of Bodhisattva Never Disparaging, constitutes the essence of Buddhist practice and the correct way for human beings to behave. Such respect is not limited to a passive regard for others; it is a bold engagement of our humanity.” – BODHISATTVA NEVER DISPARAGING

“Buddhism asserts that the path of the bodhisattva is not an otherworldly undertaking for people with unique gifts of compassion or wisdom. Rather, the life-condition of bodhisattva is inherent in the lives of ordinary men and women, and the purpose of Buddhist practice is to strengthen that state until compassion becomes the basis of all our actions.” – BODHISATTVA

“It is impossible to live in the world without attachments, or indeed to eradicate them. Our affections for others, the desire to succeed in our endeavors, our interests and passions, our love of life itself–all of these are attachments and potential sources of disappointment or suffering, but they are the substance of our humanity and the elements of engaged and fulfilled lives.” – ATTACHMENTS AND LIBERATION

 

 

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