One of the roles functions of the temple is to be taught people about the importance of life.
People simply say that “I am living. “ But, such thinking is mistaken.
We have to say I am being sustained
Our life is one part of Mother Nature, and it is being ruled and controlled by God and Buddha.
We can understand this when we think about the great earthquakes and natural disasters that occurred suddenly in history.
The mistaken thinking is the cause for suicide. It also is the cause for thinking lightly about the life of another.
Life is the possession of no one.
I am being sustained. This is the Universal Truth. Human being are being sustained by the blessings of Mother Nature, and living through the labor of many people. This is the basic mind of Buddhism.
I would like to share a poem with you by Yukina Miyakoshi, who died at the age of eleven from an incurable illness. This poem was written four months before she passed. It is called “Inochi” (Life).
Life is very precious.
It is like a battery for a person to live.
But a battery will run out someday.
A battery can be quickly changed,
But life cannot be changed so easily.
It is something that is finally given to us by God
After years and years of months and days.
There are people who waste their life
Saying “It is senseless to live,”
While they still have plenty of life that they can use.
I feel sad when I see these people.
Life never rests and is always working.
That is why I will live with all my strength
Until my life says that it has grown tired.
In Chapter Twenty of the Lotus Sutra, Never-Despising Bodhisattva becomes the Buddha after worshiping the life of people. What we learn from this is that there is nothing more important than a person’s life. Human life is God and Human life is the Buddha, and this we must worship. The worship of human life is indeed the religious practice of the Namu Myoho Renge Kyo and the religious practice of the Nichiren Shu. Let us remember this important fact.