We, common mortals, can neither see our own eyelashes in close proximity, nor endless space far away. Likewise, we cannot recognize that Buddhahood exists within our own hearts.
Written by Nichiren Daishonin, 13th century Japan
Being honest with yourself is hard. When I read this Gosho passage it always reminds me how easily I can deceive myself. I used to wince when looking into the metaphorical mirror, seeing all my faults but feeling incapable of fixing them. When you look in a mirror and reflect on who you see, do you only see the bad – imperfections, insecurities, weakness? Or only see the good — wisdom, kindness, generosity?
I have learned both reactions are delusions. I don’t have to lie or make up stories like blaming others, creating excuses to avoid hard changes, or thinking I’m just unlucky. My Buddhist practice allows me to deeply understand I am responsible for my own actions, my causes and effects. Rather than default to denial, fear or anger I have learned to be compassionate with myself and go straight to honest assessment that leads to self-improvement.
Chanting and reciting the Sutra to the Gohonzon every day is helping me develop an honest mind. It’s real freedom to be able to stop my mind from working against me.
An individual at odds with himself will not achieve anything, because his heart is not dedicated to a single purpose.
written by Nichiren Daishonin in 13th century Japan
What a person yearns for the most, and how strongly he or she struggles to obtain it, says a lot about that person’s approach to life.
No matter how strong the spirit to seek, as long as what is sought is confined to things like wealth, power, acclaim, position, health and the like (in other words, as long as the desires are for “treasures of the storehouse” or “treasures of the body”) it has no relation to what is known in Buddhism as a “seeking mind.” A yearning cannot be called a “seeking mind” unless what you are seeking is at least to improve your character, achieve growth as a human being, or aim for a more elevated way of life. Make “treasures of the heart” your ardent desire.*
Buddha’s Teachings: Become Master of Your Unruly Mind
If you want to become the master of your unruly mind, join us on Sunday, February 17th for a brief lecture and video presentation on Buddhism’s Beliefs.
Learn how to chant Nam Myoho Renge Kyo and properly use the Juzu Beads, Buddhist prayer beads.
Q&A with our Chief Priest.
The meeting starts at 2:00 pm and concludes around 3:15 pm. Open to the public.