Begin to see the world through a child eyes, then bring compassion, kindness and innocence and joy back into your daily world once more. ~ Roy Hale
“The child never dies…nothing ever dies. The child is there, always is there, wrapped by other experiences…Wrapped by adolescence, then by youth, then by middle age, then by old age…but the child is always there. You are just like an onion, layers upon layers, but if you peel the onion, soon you will find fresher layers inside. Go on deeper and you find more and more, fresher layers.
The same is true about man: if you go deep into him you will always find the innocent child…And to contact that innocent child is therapeutic. Just think of a child: a child is born, for the first time a child opens his eyes — he will see the trees, but he will not be able to say to himself, “These are trees.” He will see light, but he will not be able to say within himself, “This is electric light.” He will see the redness of the rose, but he will not be able to say, “This is a roseflower and the color is red.” He will see everything, but he will not say anything inside. That is mirroring: he will simply mirror. The trees will still be green, in fact far greener than they will ever be again, because the mirror is completely pure, crystalline. The mirror has no dust…thoughts gather dust.
Have you observed that if you look inside, time exists not? If you look outside there is time, but if you look inside there is no time. Have you not felt it sometimes, sitting silently with closed eyes — that inside you have not aged at all? Inside you remain the same as when you were a child, or as when you were young. Inside nothing has changed: the face is wrinkled by age, the hairs have gone gray, death is approaching — this is all from the outside. If you look in the mirror then of course there are signs that much time has passed, that very little is left, that sooner or later you will be gone. But look within: there has never been any time there. You are exactly the same as you ever were when you were running in a garden or on the sea-beach and collecting colored stones and seashells.
Just remember.. …You will see yourself reborn again, being born again, arising out of the past, out of the clouds and confusion—thoughts, prejudices, egos, minds, conditionings—arising out of them, virgin, pure. Then you will again see the power that you are, the being that you are.” ~ Osho
We stand at a critical moment in Earth’s history, a time when humanity must choose its future. As the world becomes increasingly independent and fragile, the world at once holds great peril and great promise. To move forward we must recognize that in the midst of a magnificent diversity of cultures and life forms we are one human family and one Earth community with a common destiny. We must join together to bring forth a sustainable global society founded on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice, and a culture of peace. Towards this end, it is imperative that we, the peoples of the Earth, declare our responsibility to one another, to the greater community of life, and to future generations.
Courage is the force that creates history.
Page 8, March 2004 Living Buddhism reads:
Of the six paramitas (six practices by which Bodhisattvas seek to perfect themselves), the first is to paramita of almsgiving. This paramita has three aspects: the offering of material things, the offering of the Law (Dharma/Buddhist teaching), and the offering of fearlessness (removing fear and giving courage to others).
The concept of fearlessness as an offering challenges us to see how our inner/human revolution can evolve into a new blueprint for world peace. Our emotions allow us to see and affect the change needed in our behavior, actions or relationships.
If there was WORLD PEACE, would it be so scary to make the necessary shift in our perspective and energy to show mutual respect, humility, patience, humor, courage, honesty, and our love for one another?
By our daily practice of chanting NAM MYOHO RENGE KYO, we are evolving in our understanding as we also learn that whatever we seek from our relationships with others we must first give to ourselves and that relationships provide opportunities to grow. A shallow person can only have shallow relationships.
If we are WORLD PEACE, wouldn’t be okay to see people striving for open, honest communication, appreciating, cooperating, and encouraging each other with a non-violent respect for life. We’ve learned from our gosho studies that “When the skies are clear, the ground is illuminated” and “Rather than offering up ten thousand prayers for remedy, it would be better to simply outlaw this one evil” that arises from not believing in ourselves and allows us to repeat the hell of incessant suffering. We have also learned from the writings of Nichiren Daishonin, a study term called ichinen-sanzen which points out how the difference lies solely in our hearts at the crucial moment and singleminded determination at each moment is necessary for the universal transmission of the ultimate Law of Life and Death, the Heritage of Faith.
From Daisaku Ikeda’s daily encouragement we are reminded that when our determination changes, everything else will begin to move in the direction you desire. The moment you resolve to be victorious, every nerve and fiber in your being will immediately orient itself toward your success. It’s no secret if you think it will never work out how easy it is at that instant for every cell in your being to deflate and give up the fight when everything really will then begin to move in the direction of failure.
If wisdom and reality are matters of energy as much as we are ourselves while evolving through time, how closely can we look to ourselves for dignity, courage, intuitive thinking/healing or even the transformation of fear in our daily lives? This begins with a heightened perception of the way our lives move forward.
All that any of us have to do as we chant and purify our senses is to suspend our doubts and routine distractions just long enough to connect, build-up energy, engage and maximize the ignorance and dust off our earthly desires enabled by the critical speed and clear cruising altitude of fighting daimoku.
Nichiren Buddhism is the key to our inner transformation where we can bring forth our inner strength. Earthly desires are enlightenment as we receive wisdom amidst realities of our desires, fears, doubts or habitual thinking in fundamental darkness. The polarization of fear allows for false expectations to appear real and actually determine how we see ourselves, whether we are able to perceive our true nature, move past ourselves, breakthrough and illuminate our fundamental darkness as we take responsibility to reveal our true identity. Whether you should have the opportunity to participate in the Zaimu Campaign, study SGI-USA publications enjoying the many experiences shared worldwide as featured in the World Tribune or receive valuable encouragement from Living Buddhism the investment in yourself is priceless!
KEEP YOUR THOUGHTS POSITIVE, BECAUSE YOUR THOUGHTS BECOME YOUR WORDS.
KEEP YOUR WORDS POSITIVE, BECAUSE YOUR WORDS BECOME YOUR BEHAVIOR.
KEEP YOUR BEHAVIOR POSITIVE, BECAUSE YOUR BEHAVIOR BECOMES YOUR HABITS.
KEEP YOUR HABITS POSITIVE, BECAUSE YOUR HABITS BECOME YOUR VALUES.
KEEP YOUR VALUES POSITIVE, BECAUSE YOUR VALUES BECOME YOUR DESTINY. #MahatmaGandhi
I am because we are.