“Seeking mind” means to want to draw closer to the state of life of the Buddha, even if only by a little. Seeking mind means to summon a deep desire to part with shallow whims and attain the supreme enlightenment. This is expressed as one of the Four Universal Vows of the Bodhisattva — the vow to attain the supreme enlightenment.
Everyone has desires of some sort. 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.*
Video & Lecture: Buddhism’s Beliefs & Origins
Visit Myosenji Temple this Saturday, March 12th, at 2:00 pm for a brief video presentation and lecture from our Chief Priest on Buddhism’s Beliefs & Origins. Rev Murata will explain how Buddhism can teach you how to create a beautiful mind and keep you on the road to happiness.
- Video presentation and brief lecture
- 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.
If you have decided to become a Buddhist or are interested in learning how to become a Buddhist, after the meeting (about 3:30 pm) Rev Murata will be performing the Acceptance of the Precept Ceremony, the ceremony where you become a Buddhist.
*Excerpted: Nichiren Shoshu Monthly, Maintain a Seeking Mind, October, 2007.