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Minister's Message

Issue October 2016

To accept things as is ....

Lately, the nightfall descends much earlier. We can also say the season for enjoying meaningful long evenings has arrived.

Was your appetite affected by the hot weather? If so, have you recovered from lack of appetite that is often associated with the hot and humid weather?

I noticed that people walking in town are now wearing long sleeves. At night, the pleasing sounds of insects are becoming music to my ears. Ahhhhh autumn is here.

 

The Rio de Janeiro Olympics, the first Olympics to be held in South America, is now over. The Rio Summer Paralympics Games followed next. One could feel the re-emergence of the excitement of Rio Olympics. In my recollection, I don’t think I paid as much attention to the Paralympics in the past as I had this time.

I was truly inspired by the brilliant smiles of the athletes who were competing in the 22 events.

How can these people have such magnificent smiles…Someone whose legs were amputated because of a motorboat accident. Another, at the age 14 years, who was afflicted by an unexpected illness that caused sudden loss of vision which led to continuous anguish. Or someone who was born with a birth defect…The conditions are varied, but all of them have overcome tremendous obstacles to be where they are now.

One person said, it was during the time of reaching the depth of despair for a while, even losing hope of continuing to live, that this thought occurred: “I want to accomplish something on my own; I want to believe in the infinite power that dwells in my body. And, actively strived with much enthusiasm.”

Intrinsically, the reality is not easy as my writing the words and sentences to describe it, but they have complete faith in their infinite power that dwell in their body and spirit to persevere, and furthermore, they live daily with confidence and hope that allows them to laugh at and with themselves. 

President Niwano always tells us: “It is important to live faithfully following the Buddha’s teaching, i.e. the Truth・the Dharma. It is not about asking the buddhas and gods to fulfill our desires.

The athletes that compete in the Paralympics truly accept the reality they have been given now and are giving their all to awaken their unrealized power.

 

With everything, there are things that cannot be changed, and things that can be changed.

If we become attached to things that cannot be changed, we will not be able to eliminate our deeply felt troubles.

I actually have a grandson, now two-years old, who was born with a congenital heart disease known as pulmonary atresia

While I was in Japan this time, he was scheduled to have his third operation.

He must first receive essential treatments and tests through the catheter. It is only after he receives these treatments that they can do the operation.

However, because my grandson caught a cold, the treatments and tests were postponed. My daughter, son-in-law and I felt overwhelmed because we had to completely change plans we had so carefully scheduled. Seeing my daughter looking troubled and lost, I found myself thinking, “How difficult it must be for her…she will repeatedly be going through such hardship…” At the same time, I realized when we get down to it, such way of thinking is looking at my grandson’s illness itself as bad.

Rather than being attached to the reality that cannot be changed and suffer, I need to recognize things as is and accept. And, work on changing my perspective and perception.

 

President’s message, “aspire to live faithfully following the Truth” means to see the light in the reality, that is, to find the merit in the reality.

 

Gassho

New York Center Minister

Etsuko Fujita

 
 

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