Truth Goodness Beauty (真 善 美)


The words truth, goodness and beauty are the mind of the Eternal Buddha Shakyamuni. We may even call them the will of the Eternal Buddha. In the first place, the Eternal Buddha is the fundamental entity of the universe and Namu Myoho Renge Kyo. That is why the will of Namu Myoho Renge Kyo is also truth, goodness and beauty.


Namu Myoho Renge Kyo is an honorific title for the original source of the energy and spirit that gives life to all things in the universe. And through the power of Namu Myoho Renge Kyo, we are born and being sustained, and that is why truth, goodness and beauty are also being given to our minds. The mind of truth, goodness and beauty is indeed what we call Buddha nature. It is the pure feeling that comes to us when our conscience appears in daily life. Moreover, we must understand that our mind of truth, goodness and beauty is truly the mind that is directly in contact with the Eternal Buddha and Namu Myoho Renge Kyo.


What kind of mind is the mind of Namu Myoho Renge Kyo and truth, goodness and beauty?


Truth is trueheartedness. Trueheartedness means the genuine state of things. There is not the slightest falsehood or showiness and it is purity as it is. Beauty is a state of whole harmonization. It describes a mind that works for harmony and unity. While there are people who interpret goodness as being the opposite of evil, the true meaning of goodness is the manifestation of absolute love. The mind of absolute love is goodness. What kind of mind is absolute love? It is without bitterness or hatred and feelings of like or dislike. It is a feeling of complete purity.


Therefore if we can feel within our mind a feeling of love for a certain person or a certain happening but we cannot bring ourself to feel for love for another person or another happening, our mind cannot be called a mind of goodness. We feel love for our possessions but we do not feel love for what does not concern us. This kind of mind is called a mind of a partial love. This is not an absolute love but it is a relative love that is worthless. Fukyo Bosatsu of the Lotus Sutra is a person who practiced absolute love.


In order to live a life of great value as a follower of Nichiren Buddhism, we must always, to the best of our ability and at all times, strive to live our daily lives with the mind of truth, goodness and beauty. Moreover, to really achieve that goal we practice chanting the Odaimoku many times in daily life and we make time to see our own self by quietly meditating.