22 May 2020 SSA’s Advisory No.17
SSA’s Advisory No.17
22 May 2020
ADVISORY FOR ALL SSA MEMBERS
– LET’S USE OUR VOICES TO DO THE BUDDHA’S WORK
Dear all SSA members,
My heartiest greetings to all of you and your family. I hope everyone is keeping in good health and high spirits.
It must have been a very difficult time for everyone during this extended circuit breaker period. Nonetheless, we are so heartened to know that you are all striving so earnestly in faith to spread hope and courage to others and not let this situation overwhelm you.
The discussion meetings in April were a huge success. I have received many wonderful reports from your chapters and districts on how everyone has been advancing cheerfully and receiving lots of benefits with the Courageous 123 Action; chanting plentiful of daimoku, reaching out to your friends and anchoring on the Gosho and Sensei’s guidance. Thank you so much.
This May 3, Sensei gave us a very heart-warming message, sending his appreciation to us for supporting him in the last 60 years in his endeavours for world peace and happiness with the propagation of Nichiren Buddhism to the world. He also urges us to strive in harmonious unity and to make further advance in our human revolution; thereby contributing to the betterment of the society to transform the destiny of humankind.
Recently on May 14, we are humbled that SSA was featured in the Seikyo Shimbun for our endeavours in this circuit breaker period, with another report on our new Centre @ Punggol on May 16. The following is an extract from the report on May 16.
“While the battle with the coronavirus continues, SSA members still strive to contribute to its community to the best of its ability. Everyone sincerely prays for the speedy resolution of the situation; at the same time, SSA Youth Division participated in an exercise organized nationwide to distribute free hand sanitizers to the community and the organization offered its Headquarters for a blood donation drive at the request of the Red Cross.”
I am also happy to share that we have recently produced a Complementary Booklet No. 2, published along with the SSA Times, which is now accessible to all on our website. In it, besides the valuable guidance from Sensei, there are many testimonies of our courageous Lion Hearted Disciples sharing their victories in battling this pandemic with the never-be-defeated spirit. I am sure, you too will be inspired to stand up with greater resolve after reading it.
Soon, we will be entering the second half of 2020. Despite the present circumstances, let us look forward to welcoming July 3 and November 18 with greater victories. The Gosho states, “The voice does the Buddha’s work” (Gosho Zenshu, p. 708). During this period of time when we are not able to meet each other, it is definitely our heart that is most important. Learning from the recent online study, let us continue to advance cheerfully with the Heart of Challenge, Heart of Conviction and Heart of Altruism.
Today, I would like to share excerpts of Sensei’s encouragement series: “Encouragement through All Seasons” that touches on the use of our voices, and was published in the Seikyo Shimbun recently on May 17:
“The voice has tremendous power.
The resonance of our voices
Is what imparts courage to others.
A single word of trust
A single word of encouragement
A single word of conviction
At the crucial moment
Can become a power source
That creates strength and momentum
In the lives of all.
What is most important
Is imparting encouragement,
With voices that encourage others.
Buddhism teaches that
“The voice does the Buddha’s work.”
It is none other than
Sincere voices that encourage and inspire
That will impart courage and hope
To individuals who are struggling amidst harsh realities.
A single phone call
Can have a tremendous impact.
Because we can’t see the other person’s face,
The tone of our voice
And the words we choose
Are extremely important.
That’s why we should regard
Each phone conversation and
As part of our Buddhist practice
To connect people to Buddhism and Accumulate good fortune in our own lives.
With this latest encouragement from Sensei, let us continue to soldier on with good cheer and optimism, and to use our voices to do the Buddha’s work even though we may not be able to meet physically in the month of June or even July. Let’s make our homes, the Buddha’s land where we and our family members strive in harmony and joy as we continue working from home during this extended circuit breaker period. Please take good care of yourselves.
Tay Eng Kiat