Thursday, June 18, 2015

Clear direction from Sensei

"Everything has a purpose, a mission. The mission of flowers is to bloom. The mission of the sun is to give off light and warmth The mission of water is to flow, to purify and to nourish life.
You and I are Bodhisattvas of the Earth, born into this world to actualise the fundamental mission of kosen-rufu, Failing to do so is like a flower that doesn't bloom or a sun that doesn't shine. In that case, we cannot know true joy or fulfilment.
It is of course important to do our best and become foremost employees at our places of work, but we also mustn't forget why we are living - that is, to contribute to others and to society. In short, it is to realize kosen-rufu, an undertaking to eliminate misery from the world and bring happiness and peace to all. Never forgetting our primary purpose, we need to become victors in our workplaces, establish wonderful families and develop ourselves into trusted members of the community and people who are genuinely happy and fulfilled. That is how we demonstrate the power of Buddhism."
-Daisaku Ikeda, Value creation May 2015

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