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The reason of breathing.

November 15, 2019

The increasing pace of our working lives and the amount of information that is transmitted rapidly around the world is changing our lifestyles, often to the detriment of our physical, mental, and spiritual health. You can use meditation to restore balance to your life by looking at the qualities you experience through your breathing.

3 Pillars of Buddhism

November 7, 2019

3 Pillars of Buddhism To begin with, Buddhism is the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha of how to live at the critical junctures of old age, illness and leaving this world someday as we live in this world as a person. While those teachings are a colossal number of eighty-four thousand, even if the denominations and doctrines are different, there is a commonality that flows at the depths. It is called the three pillars of Buddhism. They are indispensable to Mahayana Buddhism. 1, First, Requital of Kindness and Gratitude To put it simply, this is to give rise to a mind of thank you and a feeling of indebtedness. Invoking the…

Awareness of Life

November 6, 2019

There is a book by Shinichi Matsushita, who was a professor of atomic physics at Hamburg National University in Germany, entitled Hokekyo to Genshi Butsurigaku—Inochi no Chikara Yo Wakiagare (The Lotus Sutra and Atomic Physics—Well Up Life Power!). In that book chapter 11 of the Lotus Sutra, Beholding the Stupa of Treasures, is being explained. He refers to sutra saying, “In eleven, in the four hundred billion nayuta worlds, the Buddhas and Tathagatas are omnipresent” and he explains its meaning from the standpoint of a physicist. I would like to share it with you. “What is most important in Buddhism is being written here…. The statement that the Buddhas are…

Shiawase – This is what makes our soul shine.

November 1, 2019

The word happiness (shiawase) is also written with the Chinese character for the “coming together of intentions”. In order to become happy by connecting with the intentions of the Mind of Great Compassion of God, Buddha and our ancestors, shouldn’t we offer the intentions or our gratitude? It is the coming together of intentions of our gratitude. It is the coming together of intentions. That is why the prayer “thank you very much” is the gather pay to our happiness. The mind of “thank you very much” is a pure mind. There is no hatred, anger or compliant. It is a perfectly clear mind. It is a mind that makes…

For a person a smile is a very important factor.

October 22, 2019

People gather about a person with a wonderful smile. There is a saying that happiness comes to a smiling gate. In other words, one’s destiny improves. Even if it is a forced smile, if we show a smile, things naturally become happy. Even if things are not happy, depending on how we react to them, the circumstances gradually become brighter. A smile is the secret of human life.   It was a smile that opened the destiny for Kissho-In, Mrs. Otama-kata, the concubine of the third Tokugawa Shogun, Iemitsu, and the real mother of the fifth Shogun, Tsunayoshi.   Otama, who was born as the daughter of a poor greengrocer. Although…

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Namu Myoho Renge Kyo Is the Buddha Mind (1)

October 19, 2019

In the Tang period of Chine there lived the Zen Master Dorin Choka. The Zen Master traveled about China and he arrived at Mt. Shinto, north of the West Lake in Hangchow. He was attracted to his wonderful peace and stayed. There was a large pine tree whose foliage was thick like a canopy. And since the branch beneath it had a good place to sit, the Zen Master climbed the tree and lived there like nesting bird. Thant is why the people at the time called him Zen Master Bird Nest. At that time the poet Hakurakuten arrived to take up his position as governor of Hangchow. When he…

Heart of Appreciation

October 18, 2019

I am a Buddhist minister who conducts Buddhist services. I think some people feel suspicious when they hear the word “faith.” However, faith is not something that is negative. In fact, faith is important to live a happy life. Faith is a heart of appreciation. Faith is a feeling of respect. This is faith. Faith is not difficult. Let me give you an example. Everyone’s heart is beating right now. If I were to say, “Please stop your heart from beating.” You cannot do it, because the heart is controlled by an involuntary muscle and a set of independent nerves. We cannot control the beating of our hearts by our…

The Hidden Messages in Water

October 16, 2019

  “The Hidden Messages in Water” written by Dr. Masaru Emoto. He and his researchers are freezing water and watching the crystals that form using special microscopes and high-speed photography. They are discovering that water that is exposed to positive thoughts and loving words form crystals that are brilliant, complex and grow in colorful snowflake patterns. On the other hand, water that is exposed to negative thoughts and hateful words form crystals that are incomplete, unbalanced and dull in color. From this research we are learning that thoughts and words have energy and a vibration. And this vibration can influence water. As you know, 70% of our body is made…

Activity Without an Objective

October 15, 2019

There is, in truth, value to being born as a human being at this present moment. Activity always accompanies a person’s value of existence. A person must strive to engage in valuable activities for others and society. Nevertheless, it is the small human brain that determines the purpose and value of our activity. If we look at our activity from the scale of the entire universe, there is no activity that lacks purpose and value.

Feeling Secure in a Insecure World

October 9, 2019

Annon (feeling secure) is one goal of Nichiren Buddhism and probably a goal of religion. Annon (feeling secure) is born from faith. Where there is faith, there is a feeling of security. This faith, however, is not a faith that is removed from one’s Inner God. Faith in God, which is outside of us, is dependency, and it is not anon (feeling secure). To become aware of our inner sanctity and the existence of God within, and to have faith in these, does indeed become a feeling of security for us.