Human beings are formed of spirit, mind, and body. The spirit is the human essence.
In order to protect our spirit and to enable it to grow, we have received a mind and a body from the Eternal Buddha (God). And to live a happy life and to live to serve others, we must use our mind and body as efficiently as possible. The mind and body are our tools to live in this world. We must not be the servants of our mind and body. We are the master. The mind and body are the servants. We must control our mind and body.
Controlling the mind
The most important for mental care is meditation. Our mind is full of worldly thoughts and distracting ideas. These could be worries for the future or our dissatisfaction with the present. It is because of our worldly thoughts and distracting ideas that we cannot see the proper course for our lives to proceed on. And that is why we are confused and suffer. It is through meditation that we must cleanse our mind of these worldly thoughts and distracting ideas.
When we are able to control our breathing through meditation and Yoga, we can control our emotions. We do not change such negative emotions as anger and sadness, but we become able to control them. Where does anger and sadness come from? We investigate their cause. And we come to know the cause. Just knowing about the cause brings us closer to mental peace. And knowing that anger is a harmful emotion, we make efforts to not bring harm to others. We strive to not accumulate bad karma. This is for the sake of our future happiness.
Moreover, it is being proven by many scientists that mental peace influences bodily health. Through mental peace alone can the human body also become healthy and be less susceptible to illness.
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Controlling the body
We should have a well-balanced and nutritious diet with much vegetables and fruits, and avoid such harmful foods as white sugars, old oils and junk foods. The cause of illness is impurities in our blood. How does blood become impure? It is because our intestines are in the same condition. That is why we should consume a good amount of fiber and so forth and improve our bowel movement. It is important to maintain the health of our colon. In addition, we should have a suitable amount of exercise.
No matter how much good nutrition we partake and also exercise, without mental peace, we fall ill. In addition, with only mental peace and not providing good nourishment for our body, we again fall ill. We cannot become happy and we succumb to illness without caring for the two wheels of mental care and bodily care.
We care for our mind through meditation and Yoga care for our body through Yoga and good nutrition. By establishing the two wheels of mental care and bodily care, we become happy and healthy. While this is simple, many people do not know this or practice it.
Without mental and bodily care, no matter how we pray, we will not be saved. Buddhism is realistic. By taking it upon ourselves to eat good foods for our body and to practice the meditation, we maintain our mental peace. By so doing, we can save ourselves. Buddhism is discipline and practice.
What Is Buddhism?
What Is Meditation?
Buddhism began from reflection on our inner self.
Shakyamuni Buddha said that human life is suffering.
For example, when we want water, but cannot have it, we suffer. Why isn’t there water? We turn our consciousness to our suffering from thirst. Since our suffering is occurring within our mind, our consciousness naturally turns to our mind.
When we want water and are given water and drink it, our consciousness goes to the water. Our consciousness is turned to the external object called water. Our thirst is satisfied, and our consciousness does not turn within (mind).
The main practice of many religions, including Christianity, is prayer that is turned to the external. We pray to God and Spirit, which reside outside ourselves. We also wish for a change in our external environment. We want others to change. We want material possessions.
The essence of Buddhism is found in meditation. That is to say, we turn our consciousness to the inside of our mind. We take notice of the Divine and God within us. We do not seek from God outside of us. We also observe the state of our mind. This is the chanting of the Odaimoku (Kanjin).
What is stress for human beings? Stress is to think about and ponder over things. We regret our past and worry about our future. No matter how we speak about philosophies, people do not become happy. A famous Japanese philosopher committed suicide. To the extent that a person thinks a great deal in his head, there is not salvation for him. There is a limit to philosophy. A human being is not saved from an exercise for the brain.
Human beings truly become happy from experience and practice.
Through meditation we mandate our thinking and thoughts to stop. It is from leaving the discriminations of our thoughts and interpretations that human beings are truly saved. Our discriminations are mental illusion, and our mental illusion is stress.
And to change our everyday life to a healthy one is to make ourselves truly happy. We cannot save another unless we are saved both physically and mentally. Practice, which does not answer our needs, will also not benefit others.
If we meditate daily, we can live healthily. Illness can be healed through meditation. This is being proven scientifically.
We must not ask about this or that, or think about things, but assume a mild state of mind and meditate. Human life changes through twenty minutes of meditation both morning and night, a well-regulated life and proper eating habits. By studying and practicing these, human beings naturally become happy.
From the Teachings of the Meditation Master, Rev. Kageyama
Compiled by Rev. Takamasa Yamamura.
Translated by Mr. Dean Makinodan.
Let’s Try Basic Meditation at Home!
Sit up straight. Place your left palm on your right palm. The tips of your thumbs are touching but there is a very small space between them. Energy is flowing between that space between your thumbs.
Relax your shoulders and neck.
First exhale deeply. Exhale completely and inhale deeply. Feel the air filling your entire being.
Basically, close your mouth, and inhale though your nose and exhale through your nose.
(If you feel better about inhaling from your mouth, it is alright to do so.) When inhaling, your abdomen extends forward, and when exhaling check to see that your abdomen has flattened.
Close your eyes and relax in 5 to 10 minutes.
Concentrate on exhaling and inhaling.
Always take notice of your feelings. If you feel bad, stop your meditation
Open your eyes.
Take notice of the fact that you are filled with the positive energy of the Buddha. You are now being sustained by the Eternal Buddha (Mother Nature)— feel the Buddha’s Love. And express your gratitude to the Buddha, the deities and your protective deity for being able to have practiced meditation here.
If you would like to practice more, please join us our weekly meditation at temple.