All human beings possess the Ten Worlds and can go from one of them to another within a single life-moment. Only one of these worlds can appear at any given moment, with the other nine in a state of dormancy. The Ten Worlds are: Hell, Hunger, Animality, Asura, Humanity, Rapture, Learning, Realization, Bodhisattva and Buddhahood.
Our Chief Priest, Rev. Murata, will be lecturing on the meaning of the Buddhist concept of the Ten Worlds this Sunday, May 18th, at 11:00 a.m. Please join us to learn how you and your daily life are impacted by the Ten Worlds and how you can become truly happy.
In the Gosho, Conversation Between a Sage and an Unenlightened Man (I) (MW5 – p.80), the Daishonin states:
“In the final analysis, this sutra of Myoho-Renge-Kyo sums up all the teachings and meditational practices of Shakyamuni Buddha’s entire lifetime in a single moment of life, and encompasses all the living beings of the Ten Worlds and their environments in the three thousand realms.”
In another Gosho, The True Object of Worship (MW1 – p.82), the Daishonin states:
“Showing profound compassion for those ignorant of the gem of Ichinen Sanzen, the True Buddha wrapped it within the single phrase of Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo, with which he then adorned the necks of those living in the Latter Day.”
Reference: June 10, 2012 Oko, Chief Priest, Rev. Murata, Myosenji Temple