“Inochi” (Life)

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.

But

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.

 

不治の病いの為に11歳で亡くなった宮越由貴奈さんの詩を紹介します。

この詩は、彼女の亡くなる4ヶ月前に書かれた《命》という詩です。

 

命はとても大切だ

人間が生きるための電池みたいだ

でも電池はいつか切れる

命もいつかはなくなる

電池はすぐにとりかえられるけど

命はそう簡単にはとりかえられない

何年も何年も

月日がたってやっと

神様から与えられるものだ

命がないと人間は生きられない

でも

「命なんかいらない。」

と言って

命をむだにする人もいる

まだたくさん命がつかえるのに

そんな人を見ると悲しくなる

命も休むことなく働いているのに

だから 私は命が疲れたと言うまで

せいっぱい生きよう

 

法華経20章で、不軽菩薩は、人の生命を拝む修行をして仏になりました。

ここから学ぶことは、人間の命ほど大切なものはないということ。

人間の命こそ、神であり、仏であり、私たちが礼拝すべきものなのです。人間の命の有様を南無妙法蓮華経と言い、それが大曼荼羅に表現されたのです。

人間の生命礼賛こそ、お題目の修行であり、日蓮宗の修行であるのです。

ここを私たちは覚えておきましょう。