In the second volume of the “Opening of the Eyes” Gosho, Nichiren Daishonin, the founder of Nichiren Shoshu, states:
The mirror of Buddhism reflects our past causes.
Nichiren Daishonin teaches that when we reflect on the way we are living in our present life through the mirror of Buddhism, we can see how we lived in our past lives. In other words, the way we live in this lifetime is the consequence of the good and bad karma we accumulated in our past lifetimes. So from the consequences we have in the present, we can understand the causes we’ve made in the past.
These teachings are based on the principle of cause and effect permeating the three existences of past, present and future. This principle teaches that the hardships, sicknesses, and turmoil in our life, all come from the negative karma we’ve accumulated in the past.
This Sunday, October 26th, our Chief Priest will be giving the introductory lecture, What is Karma? He will explain the concept of Karma and how it impacts our daily life. Join us on Sunday at 2:00 pm.
Excerpted from Nichiren Shoshu Monthly Magazine, October, 2014, p.15.