The great Gohonzon Mandala is our visual meditation window to the universe. So the question can be asked; can the universe see us here through our window of Buddha wisdom? The answer is of course it can! When the military might of a country attacks another and kills civilian people can the universe not feel this attack? Of course it can! When those who do not want to be told how to live their life and are put into a war because someone else thinks they have the right and power to force their will power on people, will the universe not cry out, of course it will!
In just over one hundred years from now everyone on earth today will be gone. History is filled with saints and saviours, good and bad people and their temporary attachments. Mother nature transforms, causes environmental damage, destroys towns, villages and countries, moves oceans and land masses to show us it sees, hears and acts. Yet the masses live in denial and self importance.
In the 1960’s and 70’s Maharishi Yogi was a very popular spiritual leader, the founder of Transcendental Meditation™. To prove the theory that mediation worked his group traveled to fifty cities for twenty one days each and announced to the authorities that they would through their Meditations cause the crime rate of these major cities to be reduced substantially. Political leaders and the police scoffed, yet in city after city the results were undeniable. Mind power changes things. Scientology uses mind altering methods in it’s doctrine to change the way people think. The Roscrucians a five thousand year old Egyptian spiritual practice meditates once a month on an event or person to try and influence major events in the world. Mary Eddy Baker uses her version of the New Testament and her church of Christian Science to cause miracles and heal people through the power of thought. Muslims by the millions march to Mecca on annual pilgrimages to pay respect to Mohammad and throw stones at the devil. Is all this simply habit or is something else at work?
As Nichiren Buddhists we daily repeat Seven Meditations, as well as repeating short sections of the Second and Sixteenth Chapter of Lotus Sutra, principles about how our Universe is made up and the meaning of Eternal Life. These daily meditations are called Shindoku or Gongyo, Liturgy Practice, daily over twenty five million citizens in over one hundred countries connect to the mystic, universal Law and the Buddha’s through these meditations and ancient words. In this repetition of the Buddha’s words, our offering is that the universe may hear our determinations and contemplations in order to see our earthly desire for spiritual sustain-ability and peaceful means here on pure land of Earth.
We are encouraged by the words of the Buddha, from the Second Chapter of the Lotus Sutra,“You… are to know that this subtle Dharma, is the secret essential to the Buddha’s.” This is a powerful prophecy, one we should give our attention to.
In our beginning meditations we remind ourselves of the truth of dependent origination, the Oneness of the Person and the Law, our belief in the fusion of human nature with our Buddha nature and ones harmony with the mystic, universal Law. The essence of our daily meditations lie in the depth of our lives, reaching beyond our first five wonderful senses of consciousness, sight, sound, smell, touch and mind. Indeed it is through One’s daily recitation of the Liturgy of the Lotus Sutra that we tap into the eternal life force of our own empowerment. The daily repetition of the Buddha’s words offers a sacred space for one self to put into use faith, practice and study. This daily meditation is not about doctrine or theory, it is about actual proof, practicing the Law of Cause and Effect. It is about being open to wisdom, opening the pathway to new Worlds. One’s daily practice is about the big picture. Our practice is a reminder that eternity is an awareness of this moment, enabling us to have a more dynamic human life. As we chant the Infinite Title of the Lotus Sutra Nam MyoHo Renge Kyo, we accept our temporary human with the realization that this life is truly a miracle within the circle of eternal energy never ending.
In the coming week, ask yourself: do I believe my meditations and prayers are heard? Please, think about this seriously. My, greatest happiness comes when I witness someone discover their Buddha nature and almost immediately see a marked improvement in their daily lives. My, great sadness is to watch many come and go, as they are not wise enough yet to perceive their true inner nature. The Lotus Sutra warns that the pathway to happiness and freedom is difficult to enter and difficult to follow; as we see all the chaos around us, we realize what the Buddha was sharing; that even simple discipline is too difficult for the masses to fathom. Why have faith when we have the internet and television, our super phones? The external noises of this world.
In Chapter Ten of the Lotus Sutra, the Buddha reminds all those in meditation, “even though one might hear only a single stanza, a single verse and rise up in joy in hearing this sutra, I predict their life to be filled with wisdom and perfect enlightenment.” How fortunate we are to have found our Buddha nature in the here and now. Be good to yourself, please practice daily meditation!
Thus It Has Been Shared, Respectfully TM Henry