Today, before the Buddha we have shared in our ability to empower our Body, Mind and Spirit. How profound, what great spirit! In the 13th Century the Sage Messenger, Nichiren sends a single mother with a sick child the following message: “I am bestowing upon you the Gohonzon of Myoho~Renge~Kyo. Though this mandala is written in but five or seven characters, it is the teacher of all buddhas throughout the three existence’s and the seal that guarantees the enlightenment of all women. It will be a lamp in the darkness of the road to the next world and a fine horse to carry you over the mountains of death. It is like the sun and moon in the heavens or Mount Summeru on earth. It is a ship to ferry people over the sea of suffering. It is the teacher who leads all people to enlightenment. This mandala has never yet been revealed or propagated anywhere in the world in the more than 2,220 years since [Shakyamuni] Buddha’s passing.”
Now, here we are only three years away from our 800th Anniversary of Nichirens birth and our Nichiren empowering Buddhist Sect of faith, practice, study and meditation.
With this beautiful Mandala he empowers us with an understanding of empowering spirit by sharing in the Buddha’s spirit. Through the manifestation of this Mandala one is capable of empowering ones spirit by contemplation and visualization on the messengers within this personal Go [honorary] honzon [mandala].. Nichiren, compares faith to everyday living both here and in the future. There has always been those over the ages who have known and believed in the empowerment of their spirit and would not give in to the evil others. Within the Catholic church for example, the Franciscans and Dominicans were very upset with Galileo because he thought beyond the Churches way of looking at our universe. They went to the Pope and had him imprisoned, where he suffered for several years from hunger and cold, yet right up until his death we are told he kept writing, kept empowering himself with learning and realization of our universe. While those evil Priests names are long forgotten, their “karmic”spirits in the Worlds of roaming hells for many eons; while the empowered scientific spirit of Galileo lives on and “space-craft” named after him roam the our heavens.
In his time Nichiren [sun lotus] Daishonin [ great sage], pointed out the errors of the various Priests who were vying for favour and power of the Emperor and Samurai War Lords. In our age we see not much has changed as the military war machine makes billions of dollars of profits on a daily basis. On the positive side we should understand our societies become have become far more complex, as knowledge, science and more importantly, as the World of Realization takes place. Today, we find corporations who are learning there can be profit in peace, not just war materials. There is empowerment in peaceful means such as solar energy, as an example.
The Realization before us is that each of us makes a difference. We are empowered to do what is Right for our body, mind and spirit, because in our generation we are free to choose. This is a new concept it has only been about 350 years when education for the masses allowed us to think for ourselves in many new directions. Even now much of the World still is far short of this great empowerment. While in our Western World we find the deliberate dumbing down of society. So how will love and peace prevail on mother earth? How are we empowered? We can do this through our faith. We can meditate for the well being of all the people who have influenced our lives; both for those who have assisted us and those who have brought us lessons and challenges. We can send loving energy in all directions!
There is the story about the big, tough samurai who went to visit a little monk. “Monk” he growled, “teach me about heaven and hell.” The priest looked up at this mighty warrior and replied with utter contempt, “Teach you about heaven and hell? I couldn’t teach you about anything. You’re dirty and smelly. Your sword blade is rusty. You are a disgrace, an embarrassment to the samurai class. Get out of my sight. I can’t stand to see you! The warrior was furious. He shook and was instantly angry, speechless with rage he raised his sword to cut off the monks head…. “That’s Hell,” said the monk quietly. The Samurai was overwhelmed. The quietness, the understanding of this little monk who had literally offered to give up his life
to share this message stopped him, he slowly put down his big sword, and was filled with gratitude, was suddenly more peaceful than he had been in years. “And, that’s Heaven,” said the teacher quietly.
The Buddhist reality is not only about “self,” it is about using our empowerment to make a difference in the well being of our community, country and the world. When we name, chant and meditate for a person or cause in our Daily Meditations and Liturgy we are making a difference. When we come to the side altar and burn incense for a deceased person, we are making a difference for a loved ones eternal life force. Our “sound meditation/chanting” of Nam-MyoHo-Renge-Kyo, the Infinite Title of the Lotus Sutra is an important tool in our spiritual health given to all people by the Sage Messenger of our times, as Nichiren Daishonin, who tells us: “enlightenment is not a mystical or transcendental state, as many might assume. Rather it is a condition of the highest wisdom, vitality and good fortune wherein an individual can shape his/her own destiny, find fulfillment in daily activities, and come to understand his/her purpose in being alive.” ND 1253 This is a deep message, please meditate on it regularly until you understand its profoundness.
The Way to empower our BE-ing is to feel the energy within, that we may find in ourselves the great life-force of our universe that lives in all things. Doing this we will find from within a conscious communication” with our universal life-force allowing us in an instant to go anywhere throughout the universe knowing our meditations, earthly thoughts, motivations and actions; are being heard in harmony through the mystic Law of Cause, Karma and Effect.
Let us enjoy the act of empowering our spirit each and everyday of our lives!
Thus It Has Been Shared, Respectfully, N. Henry, Nyudo Buddha