Step Into 2013

dreams and wishes. 62/365

dreams and wishes. 62/365 (Photo credit: nicole.pierce.photography ♥)

“Rebirth” (My 2013 Celebration Haiku)

A new year begins.

Your hope filled future renews.

Dreams delight the mind.

Happy New Year’s Day to you!!  To ring in this special occasion, I have two quotes to share with you.  Both are quotes by Nichiren himself.

This first one is from his book of writings.  It was written to the wife of Omosu on January 5.  The year is unknown.

“I have received a hundred slabs of steamed rice cake and a basket of fruit.  New Year’s Day marks the first day, the first month, the beginning of the year, and the start of spring.  A person who celebrates this day will accumulate virtue and be loved by all, just as the moon becomes full gradually, moving from west to east, and as the sun shines more brightly, traveling from east to west.”

The next one is a favorite of mine…..

“If the minds of living beings are impure, their land is also impure, but if their minds are pure, so is their land.  There are not two lands, pure or impure in themselves.  The difference lies solely in the good or evil of our minds.  It is the same with a Buddha and an ordinary being.  While deluded, one is called an ordinary being, but when enlightened, one is called a Buddha.  This is similar to a tarnished mirror that will shine like a jewel when polished.”

Control the mind.  Otherwise, the mind will control you.  Everything around us is in constant flux.  It is for that reason–we must travel inward, focus on our spirit, and create happiness there.   True happiness comes from within.

Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!!!!

and…..

Happy New Year, everybody!!!

May 2013 bring you happiness and well-being:-)  Peace.

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