“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.” Nichiren Daishonin, Conversation Between a Sage and an Unenlightened Man (I) Gosho (MW5 – p.80) [written in 13th century Japan]
The Great Teacher T’ien-t’ai of China, basing his work on the Lotus Sutra, established the theoretical building blocks for the three thousand realms in a single life-moment. One of the blocks is the concept of the Ten Worlds – Hell, Hunger, Animality, Asura, Humanity, Rapture, Learning, Realization, Bodhisattva and Buddhahood. All human beings possess the Ten Worlds and can go from one of them to another within a single life-moment.
This Sunday, February 27th, Rev. Sakabe will be giving an online lecture of the Ten Worlds where guests can learn the basics of Buddhism. REGISTER TODAY.