Tuesday, June 30, 2015

How to Fulfil Your Wishes - A Special Way to Pray

Experience from the New Human Revolution Volume 22

A year earlier when Hasebe was visiting Japan, he conferred with Shin'ichi about whether he should try to buy a house in France. Smiling, Shin'ichi said: "That must mean that your paintings are selling well enough that you can afford a house."

"No," deferred Hasebe, "I'm just thinking about what I should be aiming for in the future."
Shin'ichi responded: "Instead of putting it off into the future, you should have the attitude that you're going to buy it right now. I think you should purchase a house. To be accepted by French society (which is where Hasebe now lived), it's important for you to have a house, put down roots in your community, and win people's trust. The thing to do is to firmly decide that you're going to buy a house and then chant hard to make that a reality. That said, if your only motivation is that you simply want a house, it might take a long time for your prayer to be answered."

Somewhat taken aback, Hasebe asked: "Is there a special way I should pray?"

"Yes," replied Shin'ichi. "You should make a pledge to carry out kosen-rufu for the sake of the happiness and prosperity of the people of France, and chant wholeheartedly for that. For example, you can pray, 'I will dedicate my life to achieving kosen-rufu in France. Therefore, I need a hhouse so that I may gain trust in the community and be able to provide members with a place to meet. Please give me a nice, big house for that purpose.'

"Daimoku based on a vow and wish to achieve kosen-rufu by showing people the way to attain absolute happiness is the same type of daimoku chanted by all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas of the Earth. When you pray like this, the Buddha nature within your own life will open up and raise your life-condition to such a degree that you can even move the universe. When that happens, you will be able to realise your wish to buy a house without fail.

'On the other hand, if you're just praying for a big, fancy house because you want one for yourself, your life-state won't expand much, and it may take a long time for you to see your wish fulfiled. For us, the foundation of prayer is always kosen-rufu. And daimoku that originates in the determination to contribute to kosen-rufu produces immeasurable and unlimited benefits.
Making a pledge for kosen-rufu leads to a fulfilment of all one's wishes

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