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Greed, anger and stupidity are considered to be the fundamental forms of the earthly desires of humans.
According to a writing called The Principles of Mahayana (Daijo gi sho), all earthly desires are contained in greed, anger and stupidity, and their capacity to harm people is like that of a poisonous snake or dragon. The text reveals that, for this reason, these three earthly desires have been called the three poisons. The toxicity of these poisons is extraordinary. It not only harms one person but also brings harm to those in one’s environment.*
We are able to exist only because of connections to others: to parents and ancestors, teachers, friends, neighbors, society, the nation and the environment. In fact, we owe our existence to everything, both the tangible and the intangible. One who is awakened to this feels gratitude for all living beings, and to all existence.
Having meaningful social relationships is part of your happiness. Buddhism explains how to live a happy life with others. Visit our Buddhist Temple this Sunday, February 18th, for a brief lecture on Karma and how you can change your relationship karma.
If you have decided to become a Buddhist or are interested in learning how to become a Buddhist, after Saturday’s meeting (about 3:30 pm) Rev Sakabe will be performing the Acceptance of the Precept Ceremony, the ceremony where you become a Buddhist.