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The merit of the practice of worship

November 22, 2020

Through the merit of the practice of worship, Jofukyo Bodhisattva achieved the purity of the six sense organs: the eyes, ears, nose, tongue, the tactile body and mind. And he was able to widely expound the Lotus Sutra for a long period of time. Those who attacked Jofukyo Bodhisattva saw the merits of his way of life and they all came to hold him in high esteem. In this way did these people also achieve great benefits in this world. This story, which is explained in the Lotus Sutra, Chapter 20, Jofukyo Bodhisattva, teaches us about how great are the benefits from observing proper etiquette and being in harmony with others. In order…

The sense of respecting and worshiping others

November 21, 2020

For human relations to go smoothly, we must mutually convey our feelings clearly and confirm them. When we agree with what another has said we reply saying “yes.” Through the way that reply is made, we can convey our reply is energetic and strong, we can call forth a favorable response from the person. In Japanese, the word for “yes” or “hai”, originally came from the word for worship, which also read as “hai.” In the word “yes” or “hai” there is the sense of respecting and worshiping the person and respectfully receiving his words. It goes without saying that within that mental attitude there is a gentle and honest…

Respect in human relations

November 15, 2020

In order to become happy, we cannot become so with our strength alone. Since we must have the cooperation of others, it goes without saying that harmony with others is essential. Since we cannot receive the cooperation of others by selfish behavior, it is only natural that we must respect others and observe proper etiquette. Isn’t the most important thing in human relations the mental understanding of others? When meeting a person we communicate our mind by saying words of greeting another with a vibrant, cheerful and courteous manner, our mind becomes energized and bright. In particular, since the “Good Morning” of the morning is a greeting at the start of the…

Observing proper etiquette

November 14, 2020

Observing proper etiquette is one of the three principles of the path of happiness. Etiquette is about courtesy and good manners. They are the model for action for a human being to live. In a world, there is the code of conduct for a person and the paths that must be followed by a human being. In preschool education the most important thing to do is the basic discipline to live as a human being. It is called the basic habits of life. For courtesy and good manners, there are basic things to the courtesy and good manners of each occupation. However,  shouldn’t we first properly learn the minimum necessary…

The consequence of cleaning our surroundings

November 8, 2020

While you might think cleaning our surroundings is merely about cleaning, that is not the case. Through the action called cleaning our place there are many people who have opened their destiny. There are both people who have raised a small town factory to world-class large corporations and also a person who developed a national chain store while spreading small store cleaning movement through the country. Even from these examples, we surely know that cleaning our place is an indispensable route for the path of happiness for human life.

Shine your soul

November 7, 2020

In Japan, from ancient times, such items as sake, salt and rice were used to purify the land. Even Buddhism offers flowers and incense to purify the place and to entreat the protection of the Earth Buddha and the deities of heaven and earth. Shakamuni Buddha taught his older brother, Makahandoku, once “when cleaning with these recite clean dust, remove filth.” This is not only to beautify our place, but he came to realize the fact that his soul was caused to shine by cleaning away his mind’s dust and filth. He came to believe that the dust and filth that was fixed to his mind was the mind of…

Purify our surroundings

November 3, 2020

To make our soul shine, our surroundings are important. If the place that we live in is a mess and dirty, even our feelings will be jumbled and confused. Since our feelings are easily infused by our surroundings, also from the sense of bracing our spirits, we must always be mindful of keeping things tidy and in order and cleaning. In the same way as faith and practice, cleaning polishes our soul and that is why it elevates our strength for action for the path of happiness for human life. When our place is purified, through the presence of the Buddhas and deities, their protective powers are intensified. In that…

Purify the soul

November 2, 2020

To purify the soul, faith and practice is foremost. Through the practice of faith and practice, which begins with chanting the Odaimoku and the sutra, our soul is naturally purified. The original light of our soul naturally appears and strength wells up from within us. When this happens, we become active as though being driven by something. And it joints with the path of happiness for human life. That is why we first earnestly devote ourselves to faith and practice.

Purify our place

November 1, 2020

In order to decide in our mind that we will become happy and advance, we must give rise to that desire. When our soul shines, that desire naturally arises. What we must do so that our soul will shine? To purify the soul, faith and practice is foremost. Through the practice of faith and practice, which begins with chanting the Odaimoku and the sutra, our soul is naturally purified. When our soul is purified, the original light of our soul naturally appears and strength wells up from within us. When this happens, we become active as though being driven by something. It joints with the path of happiness for human…

The purpose of chanting Odaimoku

October 25, 2020

Chanting Odaimoku, Namu Myōhō Renge Kyō, our universal mantra, is important. Before Buddha Shakyamuni expanded more sutra, lotus sutra already existed. Because of this, Lotus sutra is very profound. Later, St. Nichiren, aka  spread Odaimoku in Japan.    Namu means to believe in, or to devote myself, coming from “namasu” in India. Myoho Renge Kyo is the Lotus Sutra of exquisite teaching.  There are a lot of spiritual meanings as well.  The chanting of Namu Myōhō Renge Kyō is like a metronome for piano practice. By chanting Namu Myōhō Renge Kyō, the tension we have in our mind will relieve from us. It is a spiritual relaxation for us. A…