FNCC YWD/Byakuren Conference 2018 Part II

Breakthrough

Must make people feel the joy (of Byakuren)

– Must have a mentor; they are learning from someone.

You are just learning how to overcome your problems.

“How to touch people’s hearts, through your words.”

Do not be afraid to protect, and talk about the SGI.

* Be Courageous! *

* Anything that disunit the organization is evil.”

– Battle is trying to unite with the organization.


The Great Mountain Chapter 

* True evil cannot unite with good *

“A good friend will not be swayed by what you are saying.”

“Cast off the transcend and reveal the truth.”

“You are not here to be a hero, you are here to be a BOE.”
A Hero -> The action is about the hero, not about the other person.
(Egocentric)

Our aspiration is for The Buddha’s Land*

Session #4
I am going to experience my Buddhahood.

A BOE takes full responsibility for the welfare of his life.

1st Mtg must be the local district Mtg

* Connect with Sensei directly *

Important to study 
– Study the Gosho: Understand the spirit of Nichiren Daishonin
– Important to build foundation of your life

– Learn about faith! Awaken to the greatness of her life. The ichinen to change the karma of her life.

* Love to study, continue to study, then naturally you realize you don’t need to compare with others. *

Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo -> Bring it back to the Gohonzon.

She (the member) is afraid to open up her heart.
Bring the guidance back to the Gohonzon.

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FNCC YWD/Byakuren Conference 2018 Part I

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FNCC YWD/Byakuren Conference 2018
Dec 7th – 10th

December 8th 2018

Testimonial – Caisy Lun (Los Angeles Region; LA Sunshine Zone)

“If you want your family to become happy. You must become the happiest YWD.”

  • Chanting for the sake of others -> Well fore courage.
  • To be an envoy of the Gohonzon.
  • You can’t go wrong with Nam-myoho-renge-kyo

You are a Buddha.
– Speak with absolute conviction
– Speak with absolute hope.,

“Nam-myo-renge-kyo is the highest good.”
Live true to yourself
Live with sincerity

Don’t lie. Don’t escape.

You can’t trust others.

“Men must win. You must win over yourself.”

At the end of your life be able to say, I did everything right. It’s about having heart. Win with your heart, with great spirit.

Become Champions of the Heart
“In everything you do, do with your heart.”

Session #1: Be Cheerful Suns of Happiness –

Life is a struggle. Make a vow to win in FNCC. Seek, seek, seek.

Be honest, earnest, open individual.
“I don’t need to vindicate myself.”

Trust your prayer first.

True value of friendship – 胜利 (Win.)

Respond to your mentor, like there’s no tomorrow.

– “It’s about your heart and determination.”

Put that guidance into practice —

Fulfill your mission with Sensei
(Battle with your mentor)

– To please my mentor.
– To meet my mentor’s expectations.

Nozomi – “It’s now or never.”

Follow through:
Konsen-rufu is now or never.
Konsen-rufu never waits.

Now is the last moment of the Mentor’s life. It is truly wonderful.

“Sensei always embraces. Sensei never judges.”

“Everything I do, don’t waste anymore time.”

1st Faith: I am the BOE

When you don’t understand the feeling of mentor-disciple is when you don’t have Sensei in your heart.

“When you feel empty and lonely, is when you don’t have Sensei in your heart.”

– Chant and realize that “you are (or not) supposed to be together

Having appreciation, let gratefulness come into your life, you become unstoppable.

“Appreciate having Gohonzon in your life.”

“The moment I shifted in my heart, that is when everything shifted.”

Sensei & Gohonzon is my anchor.


Follow Erika: 21 -22: Board Room (Next to the library)

Jenna leading:

Oneness of Mentor & Disciple: Discussion

Cherish your mother!

Become happy and this will lead her to happiness. –

There is currently a fear-based society: Mindset

Session #2:

Sensei’s vision: Important to study Nichiren
Develop faith that is truly great and dawn.

One should become the master of your mind.
Never let your weaknesses master you.

– Master of the heart: Study Nichiren Buddhism is very important.

Gosho: The real aspect of the Gohonzon

Sensei’s video: June 15th, 1996

The Real Aspect of the Gohonzon –

Upholding the faith in the Gohonzon. Have strong faith in it.

* The importance of having single-minded faith *

Having strong faith, “this gohonzon is amazing.”

1) Carry out your human revolution
2) Transforming your karma
3) Sharp sword to cut out obstacles and negativity
4) Driving force for konsen-rufu, & realizing lasting peace and prosperity based on humanistic principle of Nichiren Buddhism.

“I will never change.”  – Daisaku Ikeda 
(Chant with this conviction)

“Strong means the never give up spirit.”

The object is to serve as a mirror of our own life.

“Strong and never giving up spirit.”

The root cause of our suffering comes from us thinking we can’t make a difference.

Everything that happens to our life has significance.

– The Gohonzon only exist in the mortal flesh of the people.

Everything has profound meaning.

* The Gohonzon is the inner of your own being *

+ Spiritual Transformation +

– Never give up –

“The Heart for the great vow for konsen-rufu is one and the same.”

“Remain true to this vow.”
Wholeheartedly strive to realize the vow.


Byakurens can’t have ego during 50K!
Byakurens must welcome everyone into the center!

* Perceiving and fighting devilish functions *

– Based on Gosho and Sensei’s guidance –

* Letters to the Brothers *

– We must fight devilish function

– Polish our lives, to identify Devilish functions

How can we spot them?
What forms do they assume? – Assume their appearance; the characteristic of devilish functions

“Sometimes the right people loses.”

-> Sometimes right and just people get weak.

“Act with integrity and decency.”

Devilish functions are brilliant at deception. They will be overlooked by Devil sometimes.

Develop wisdom and use them to transform them for our faith.

* Challenge evil head-on *

“Have the spirit to protect the mentor.”

– Polish the mirror of your faith. Daily practice and study.

* Unity with the mentor
* Unity with the SGI

* Always have dialogues *

* Everything comes down to your behavior as a human being *

* Always strive to create friendship, always strive to create unity *


“Travelers for Peace” Video

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May 26th, 2018

(Notes from watching the video: Traveler for Peace)

Oct 1960: New Movement for Peace

“Traveler for Peace”

  • Largest Spiritual Committee; Committed to Peace
  • Cultural/Educational/Research on Peace –
  • 350 Honorary Doctoral by Ikeda Sensei

Faith means…..winning, not giving up —

His responses were completely frank & straightforward.

What use is religion, if it can’t help people who are suffering the most?

“I emerge from the Earth!”

– Never leave the Mentor’s side.

“Immeasurable state of Buddhahood”

April 2nd, 1958 -> Toda passed away

“I will stand up!”

“Be trusted man for the future. Work hard. Study hard.”

– Toda Sensei thinks about all the members

– Transform the place we are now; into eternal tranquil light.

– Encourage someone from the inside.

– Never forget the people behind the scenes, not once.

– “Konsen-Rufu always begins with the encouragement of a single person.”

– Please grow up to become a capable person.

Oct 3th, 1960: Sensei went to San Francisco (From Honolulu)

– “Never miss a meeting!”

– Be really considerate of other people.

1960’s: Hippy to Happy!

Purpose of Life: Is to become happy~!

Ikeda Sensei’s only mission is to realize President Toda’s vision.

“I am holding Seattle members, from the back.”

“If you really want to overcome anything, shakubuku one person a month. 12 people.” – President Toda

– “Awaken to, and manifest their inner power.”

“War has to be stopped.”

President Ikeda’s Quotes:

“Don’t worry anymore. I am here now.” – President Ikeda

“I promise you to build a society that is worthy of your love and praise.” – President Ikeda

“Immeasurable ability to empathize and put oneself in somebody else’s shoe.”

Dependent Origination: No man can live in isolation. We cannot shut off certain people or groups.

“Youth must live with constant, and unstopping hope.”

“One person is not simply one person.”
-> One person’s determination can surpass 10 thousand people.

1983 -> Yearly Peace Proposals!
– Ikeda Sensei focuses on role of UN, with high consistency.

“You have a mission at New York. Go.”
– Ikeda Sensei

“This is my mission. I have to go through.”

“Faith is to fear nothing.”

“Don’t give up, strive with all your might!”

“Enjoy! Enjoy practice!”

“Everything he says. That’s true.”

“Place where fortune and virtue overflows!”

“As an emissary of the Buddha, I must go!”
“If I collapse, then so be it.”

Daily Practice – Daimoku & Gongyo

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Special Note:

Attached is how to chant Daimoku and the practice of Gongyo.

 

Gongyo

[勤行] ( Jpn)Literally, to “exert [oneself in] practice.” Generally speaking, gongyo refers to the practice of reciting Buddhist sutras in front of an object of devotion. The content and method of gongyo dif-fer according to the school of Buddhism. In Nichiren’s (1222-1282) teaching, gongyo means to chant the daimoku of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and recite portions of the “Expedient Means” (second) chapter and the “Life Span” (sixteenth) chapter of the Lotus Sutra with faith in the object of devotion called the Gohonzon. In The Recitation of the “Expedient Means” and “Life Span” Chapters, Nichiren states: “Though no chapter of the Lotus Sutra is negligible, among the entire twenty-eight chapters, the ‘Expedient Means’ chapter and the ‘Life Span’ chapter are particularly outstanding. The remaining chapters are all in a sense the branches and leaves of these two chapters…. If you recite the ‘Life Span’ and ‘Expedient Means’ chapters, then the remaining chapters will naturally be included even though you do not recite them” (71). In the gongyo of Nichiren’s practice, chanting the daimoku constitutes the fundamental practice, and therefore it is called the primary practice. Recitation of the “Expedient Means” and “Life Span” chapters helps bring forth the benefits of the primary practice and is hence called the supporting practice.

—- http://www.sgilibrary.org/search_dict.php?id=899

The practice of Daimoku and Gongyo are the two basics foundations of this Buddhism, and by devoting ourselves to this every morning and evening, chanting in front of the Gohonzon (Object of Devotion), we can bring out our highest potential each day to create a better life for ourselves and others.

Once again, I hope you find this article to be helpful to  your journey of physical, mental, and spiritual growth.

Nam Myoho Renge Kyo

 

 

Why Chant Daimoku?

The Following is an article from “My Dear Friends in America”, by Daisaku Ikeda (Third President of Soka Gakkai International), p. 197 (Santa Monica, Jan. 27, 1993)

Josei Toda (Second President of Soka Gakkai, Ikeda Sensei’s mentor in life) once declared: “I want to rid Kansai of sickness and poverty. Indeed, I am determined to do so!”

These words remind us again of how he put his heart and soul into giving guidance and encouragement to the members.

“Exactly forty years ago, on the occasion of the First Osaka Chapter General Meeting, President Toda proclaimed, “The purpose of our practice of faith is for all of us to become truly happy,” and “We embrace faith to secure our happiness throughout the infinite future.”

The purpose of faith is certainly not to subjugate oneself to the authority of temples or clergy, but, as my mentor clearly stated, to enable each person to attain happiness that endures eternally throughout the three existences of life.

President Toda also often said, “Those of you who have problems or sufferings, pray earnestly! Buddhism is a deadly serious win-or-lose struggle. If you should [pray with such an earnest attitude] and still have no solution forthcoming, then I will give you my life!”

This invincible conviction on which Mr. Toda was willing to stake his life inspired the members. By faithfully carrying on and practicing in accord with this spirit, we have built a global organization — the SGI.

Buddhism means putting the teachings into practice. Practice equals faith. With sincere prayer and action, our desires cannot possibly fail to be fulfilled. When you continue to apply yourselves to your Buddhist practice toward kosen-rufu, solidifying and gaining mastery in your faith, you will find that all your prayers will definitely be answered.

An expert archer can accurately hit a target with a single arrow. I hope all of you will become masters of faith and masters of life who will realize the complete fulfillment of all your desires. I also pray that you will be leaders of unshakable conviction who proudly open a new age of hope for kosen-rufu and the world.”
Basics of Faith from SGI President Ikeda

“The purpose of our practice of faith is for all of us to become truly happy,” and “We embrace faith to secure our happiness throughout the infinite future.”

— http://closedcurtains.blogspot.sg/2012/02/fighting-daimoku.html

The blog spot above has many quotes from Ikeda Sensei and has cited credible sources. Worthy of your time.

However some essentials of chanting Daimoku, one might run the risk of practicing incorrectly.

What are such Prayers?

  • Prayers that are destructive to oneself and others
  • Prayers that are unreasonable
  • Prayers that do not contribute to Kosen Rufu (The Happiness of Oneself and Others)

Myoho Renge Kyo talks about the Law of Cause and Effect, and it is a very strict law.

There are also certain behaviors towards the practice, that constitutes as practicing incorrectly.

What are such behaviors?

  • Begrudging one’s life (complaining)
  • Holding on to the three poisons towards oneself and others
  • Conducting the 14 Slanders towards anyone.

Therefore, it is essential for SGI members and All Practitioners to chant for the sake of Kosen-Rufu and World Peace.

In the following excerpt from President Ikeda guidance about daimoku with a pledge for kosen-rufu; from the New Human Revolution, Vol. 1, Chapter 5, Pioneers, (June 6, 1994, World Tribune) [from a meeting in Brazil, October 20, 1960], he says,

“Buddhism is a teaching of unsurpassed reason. Therefore, the strength of one’s faith must manifest itself in the form of studying, exercising one’s ingenuity and making twice as much effort as anyone else. Earnest daimoku is the wellspring for the energy to challenge these things. Your daimoku must also be a pledge.”

“A pledge?” asked the man. None of the members had ever heard of such a concept before.

“Yes, a pledge.” Shin’ichi replied. “This means to make a vow of your own accord and pray to fulfill it.” Shin’ichi Yamamoto emphasized strongly: “Of course, there are all kinds of ways to praying. Some people may pray that everything just falls into their laps without having to make any effort. But a religion that encourages such prayer is one that will lead people to ruin.

“Prayer in Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism means to chant daimoku based on a pledge or vow. At its very core, this vow is to attain kosen-rufu. It means chanting resolutely with the determination: ‘I will realize kosen-rufu in Brazil. Therefore, I will show magnificent actual proof in my work. Please enable me to somehow bring forth my greatest potential.’ This is what our prayer should be like.

“It is also important that we establish clear and concrete goals for what we hope to achieve each day and then pray and challenge ourselves to achieve each one. This earnest determination will give rise to wisdom and resourcefulness, thereby leading to success. In short, to win in life we need determination and prayer, effort and ingenuity. It is misguided to dream of getting rich quick, expecting to encounter a rare stroke of luck or some shrewd money-making scheme. This is not faith. It is mere fantasy.”

As Nichiren Daishonin proclaims:

“No prayers will go unanswered.”

It is vital that when chanting for our prayers to be answered, we do so with:

  • 100% conviction towards the Gohonzon.(Our object of devotion)
  • Sincere and determined Prayers (NO DOUBT)
  • Gratitude and Determination to fulfill our mission for Kosen-Rufu

 

Lastly, I will like to end with the following Quote from Ikeda Sensei (Sensei meaning Mentor in Japanese):

“In Buddhism, nothing is wasted. Freely tell others about this philosophy, in your own words. It isn’t necessary to cite complex theories or arcane terms. Since the Buddhist Law is inherent in your life, you don’t need to be anything other than yourself. Chant about whatever your concerns are, whether they be problems you are facing, your goals, kosen-rufu or the happiness of yourself and others. Your earnest prayers will bring forth your inherent Buddhahood, enabling you to build an eternal and indestructible state of life.”

— (WT E-Mail Express April 20, 2007 | No. 414; Previews of the April 20 World Tribune)

Nam Myoho Renge Kyo.