【Let us discover! The radiance of your life and my life…】
It has been over 10 days since the World Cup opened in Brazil. Countries that will advance to the knockout rounds are being determined, one after another. One of the sights worthy of note is the passionate fervor of the supporters for each country. Whether old or young, male or female, they caused the stadium to rock as they shared the joys, the disappointments, holding their heads in shock, or else repeatedly crying and laughing.
Immensely enjoying the drama that unfolded, I also joined them, mostly sharing their passion, and at times calmly.
In the midst of all that, there was a moment when I snapped back to myself; that aspect overlapped with the actual life we live. Yes. In life, things do not go quite as we wish. When we are placed in circumstances that are painful for us, it is natural for us to want to escape from such situations as quickly as possible.
However, in Buddhism, we are told to become aware that human lifetime is filled with continuous suffering. Rather, we are always suffering. Furthermore, we are taught to look squarely at the reality of the situation, instead of leaving it halfway, by trying to escape or hide from those human suffering.
Moreover, we are taught that suffering always has meaning and value, “suffering” is the key to transforming our lives for the better, and therefore, it is the entry to “happiness.”
Had we not come into contact with the Buddhist teachings, we can easily become desperate as we continuously look for ways to quick fix the problem.
We are taught in The Sutra of the Lotus Flower of the Wonderful Dharma (in the Threefold Lotus Sutra), Chapter 27 “The Previous Life of King Wonderfully Adorned,” that it is very difficult to have the opportunity to encounter the Buddha and the teachings of the Buddha.
At present, I am filled with gratitude that I have been able to come into contact with such a great leader and also with such sacred and valuable teachings that provide clear guidance on how human beings should live.
Furthermore, I am thus thankfully given opportunities to ask for Buddha’s wisdom and to witness the workings of the Buddha.
The basic principle of The Sutra of the Lotus Flower of the Wonderful Dharma – Rissho Kosei-kai’s doctrine of faith – is the ideology of “One Buddha Vehicle.” And the underlying idea for that is “all living beings have buddha nature.”
All of you who have become members of Rissho Kosei-kai! Just becoming a member does not guarantee you will be able to attain true happiness. Unless you give life to the Buddhist Dharma in your daily life, you will not be able to experience its true value.
Of course, it is not easy to do. It is in the process of trying over and over, no matter how many times you may feel discouraged, that there is significance.
Then, what should you do?
Firstly, One Buddha Vehicle means the purpose of all the teachings is to guide all living beings to the state of buddhahood. Its concept is that “everyone can become a buddha.” Therefore, it is certain that we are all walking the path to become buddhas.
And every single being possesses buddha nature. Buddha nature means the same “life” as the Buddha.
When we become aware of that “life,” that magnificent treasure with which have been blessed, we have arrived.
Once that happens, we will not be affected by superficial things that appear, such as “That person is saying this” or “That person did this to me.”
We will realize that the valuable “life” also dwells in the person in front of us, in that person, and in this person.
Everyone has been given the valuable, thankful, wondrous life and is caused to live. That is why we should be able to open our hearts to everyone, acknowledge one another’s respective differences, and cooperate with one another.
Let us all experience such a splendid world together.
New York Church Minister