Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Only Practice that Celebrates You being 'You'

Gosho: The Swords of Good and Evil

"Cherry, peach, plum and damson blossoms all have their own qualities, and they manifest the three properties of the life of the originzal Buddha without changing their own character." In other words, you do not have to give up your own identity; you attain Buddhahood "as you are." The Buddhist principle of "attaining Buddhahood in one's present form" means that, based upon faith in the Mystic Law, all your individual qualities, whatever they may be, will definitely serve a purpose for kosen-rufu.
Take the case of someone who is extremely hot-tempered and always losing jobs and alienating his family and friends because of his violent outbursts. No matter how sincerely such a man may chant daimoku, chances are that he will never become cool and unemotional; it is not his nature. But instead, his hot temper will begin to express itself in an enlightened way, perhaps as a great passion for justice. In other words, the very same trait that used to cause him so much pain and trouble will begin working to benefit both himself and others. And this holds true with every single person.

Source: George M Williams, Vice President SGI

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