Three Kinds of Treasure
Three Kinds of Treasure, Joy, Health and Happiness. Minf, Body, and Spirit, the Trinity of this lifetime. The Five Challenges: Family, Relationships, Career, Health and Economics a part of daily life. Being human is not easy task. How can we ensure “Ga shi do annon!” the land we live in is peaceful?
Within our Buddha wisdom teachings we find that when our Buddha-nature is opened from inner Self our lives will find protection, from the universal Law of eternal light and energy. This is a fundamental principle going back to the Buddha’s original teachings some 3,000 years ago. The Nirvana Sutra tells us: “I deeply respect You.” The Lotus Sutra says: “All living things possess the Buddha-nature.” Although there is now over seven billion people on earth it is still rare to be born a human, when we consider all the kinds of existence in our universe. Science teaches us that each and every human body and mind contains billions of cellular lives to sustain one human Being. How rare and wonderful!
Confucius gave us the proverb: “Nine thoughts to one word,” such treasure of wisdom! Yet today we are surrounded by the ever increasing sound of noise, advertising, multi-media spreading half truths, scaring people out of their wits about health problems that helps sell billions of dollars of drugs, while taking natures drugs is considered not worthy of respect. A time when if ten thousand people are for something and ten people against, the media will give equal time to both parties as if this was balance and truthfulness. How can we know calm peaceful means in daily life with so much gossip, half truths and noise all around?
It becomes easy to see that our peaceful must come from within! We are blessed with having found within our Buddha-nature and the trinity of Cause, Karma and Effect. When we take the time to go for a walk, to practice our chanting daily, meditating on what is true for us, practicing our “specific” Buddha-way daily with a healthy Shindoku Liturgy practice daily we practice humility and quiet inner Joy.
So what qualities should we practice in seeking the Treasures of Life? We are told these qualities include: discipline, sincerity, self-respect, diligence, quietude, contentment with little, keeping things simple and smart, non-attachment, patience and the study of our true nature. Wisdom and enlightenment come from the teachings, practice and personal World of Realization. Nichiren told his followers: “More valuable than treasures in a storehouse are treasures of the body, and the treasures of the heart are the most valuable of all.”
In the wonderful Sixteenth Chapter of the Lotus Sutra on Eternal Life; the Buddha or “awakened One shares “Men [women] of devout faith, when the people came to me,
I perceived with the eyes of a Buddha the degree of their faith and other qualities.
Depending upon whether their capacities were keen or dull, I made my appearance, teaching in many different worlds, using different names, and explaining how long a period my teaching would be effective. On other occasions when I made my advent,
I told the people that I would soon enter nirvana, [leaving this life ] and I employed many methods to expound the wonderful teachings and caused the people to be gladdened in their hearts.”
The Journey Of Life
How we relate to these words becomes clear when our joyous faith awakens “us” to
our treasury of Life. For in this statement the Buddha shares with us that we need look at the mirror of our life and see the degree of our happiness and understanding of this temporary world and the qualities of life that we practice. Next, he shares are we keen on life or do we blame others for our karmic difficulties, everyone has their personal karmic challenges, light and heavy. The Buddha then tells us that we can find answers to our challenges by seeking out different methods, by researching what works best for us. This is the journey of life. He tells us that life is a series of lessons, some long, some short. Sometimes sharing with one person, sometimes with another, sometimes in one job, sometimes in another. He warns us while life is eternal, how prepared are we to leave this world? Do we have our Will up to date, have we squared with all the people in our life? What can we do to gladden our hearts on a daily basis, that we may enjoy the Treasures of this lifetime and be prepared for our next presence of Light and Energy?.
It is difficult for us to fathom that the Buddha-nature is inherent in the life of all people, as we see all the Ego centered personalities abounding. We may think others better off than we are, but true riches are found in peaceful means. We think other peoples circumstances are better than our own. We think Shakyamuni, Tien Tai and Nichiren
were unique persons and indeed they were, yet in the Eternal Life Chapter Shakyamuni tells us he has been repeatedly born into this world as a human being possessing the nine worlds of common mortals. By sharing this with us, he is explaining through his example, that there is in fact no difference between the Buddha and our own Buddha-nature.
This is why the Three Treasures of Joy, Health and Happiness, can be ours. Good physical health habits assist in good mental activity. Our daily spiritual practice brings manifest protection within and without, building our Auras of energy which leads to our treasures of Body, Mind and Spirit. We are the fortunate ones for we know how to live life to the fullest, in harmony and balance, practicing the Middle Pathway. My daily Meditation for each of you, is that you find treasures in your storehouse, treasures in your mind and most importantly treasures in your heart. HL
Shindoku = the traditional reciting of verse sections of the 2nd, Fundamental Means and 16th, Eternal Life, Chapters of the Lotus Sutra, translated into Chinese, by Kumarajiva with its original meaning and melody of the even older Sanskrit version of India. Giving back the Buddha original teachings, as an offering for today.
Thus It Has Been Shared, Respectfully, Kanji Henry, Teacher/Messenger