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Buddhism: Oneness of Body and Mind (Shikishin funi)

The wonderful means of truly putting an end to the physical and spiritual obstacles of all living beings is none other than Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo.

written by Nichiren Daishonin in 13th century Japan

Some religious scholars and philosophers theorize the concept of mentalism, which holds the belief that the mind is the true existence, and the material aspect exists only in the mind of the perceiver. Others believe in materialism, which postulates that the material aspect is the fundamental existence. However, these ideas are one-sided, favoring either the material or mental aspect.

If we take a look at ourselves as an example of the relationship between body and mind, the condition of our mind shows on our facial expression, voice and attitude. When we get injured, sick or exhausted from excessive exercise or work, our minds definitely feel the pain. We can see that the mind strongly influences the body and likewise, the body deeply affects the mind.

Regarding the relationship between body and mind, the Great Teacher Tiantai stated the following in The Great Concentration and Insight (Maka shikan):

The three thousand realms of existence are all possessed by a single entity of life. If there is no life, that is the end of the matter. But if there is the slightest bit of life, it contains all the three thousand realms.

This indicates that every phenomenon possess all ten worlds of the three thousand realms, and that body and mind, material and spiritual, possess a relationship of oneness.

Visit Myosenji Buddhist Temple

Last Sunday our Chief Priest gave an introductory lecture on the Buddhist concept of the Ten Worlds which explains the oneness of body and mind (shikishin-funi). Myosenji Temple holds introductory meetings most Sundays. Please check our schedule and visit when you can. You will learn something different and wonderful for your life and for your family.

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) our Chief Priest will be performing the Acceptance of the Precept Ceremony, the ceremony where you become a Buddhist.

Call or email the Temple if you have any questions.

Excerpted: The Oneness of Body and Mind, Basic Buddhist Terms, Nichiren Shoshu Monthly Magazine, August, 2016, pp.18-20.