Monday, August 5, 2013

Continue to Seek, Not Become 'Know it Alls'

Gosho: On the Treasure Tower

How do we develop our faith?

One way is to maintain a seeking mind. Abutsu bo provides a great example for us in this respect. after the Daishonin was pardoned from his sentence of exile, abutsu-bo three times made the arduous journey over land and sea to visit him at Mount Minobu, despite his advanced age. We too like elderly Abutsu-bo may encounter many difficulties in the course of our practice, but under any circumstances, a seeking mind for Buddhism such as he possessed is a prerequisite for our human revolution. A seeking mind gives us hope for the future, courage to challenge the impossible and confidence to rely on the Gohonzon before all else. we might say that Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is in a sense like electricity; the moment you tab it, its power fills your entire being. when you devote yourself to the Gohonzon, Nam-myoho-renge-kyo within you emerges. the joy which wells up when you chant daimoku with faith in the Gohonzon enables you to establish the fundamental life-condition you need in order to win in this troubled society. when we chant daimoku with a seeking mind for the Gohonzon, we are already moving toward supreme happiness.

Source: George M Williams, Vice President SGI

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