Friday, July 19, 2013

Continue Chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo

Gosho: Happiness in this World

“Suffer what there is to suffer, enjoy what there is to enjoy. Regard both suffering and joy as facts of life and continue chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, no matter what happens. Then you will experience boundless joy from the Law.” 

In this passage, “Suffer what there is to suffer, enjoy what there is to enjoy” pertains to the realm of relative happiness. while “joy derived from the law” means the happiness which is absolute. Joys and sorrows are part of living. There will always be both good times and bad. We should not allow ourselves to be swept off course by either sufferings or pleasure, for example, by abandoning ourselves to doubt and despair in times of trouble or growing heedless and complacent when things are going well. Rather, just as Nichiren Daishonin teaches, let’s “continue chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, no matter what happens”. 

When good things happen, let’s chant daimoku in appreciation. When trouble comes, let’s chant daimoku to change poison into medicine. If you can use everything that happens to you, pains and pleasures both, to strengthen your bond with the Gohonzon, you can purify and elevate your life-condition, gradually establishing Buddhahood as your basic tendency. As you do so, you will begin to experience an indescribable happiness that is independent of circumstances – the “boundless joy from the Law.”

Source: George M Williams, Vice President SGI

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