Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. It should transcend personal God and avoid dogma and theology. Covering both the natural and the spiritual, it should be based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things natural and spiritual as a meaningful unity. Buddhism answers this description. If there is any religion that could cope with modern scientific needs it would be Buddhism. ~ Albert Einstein
For, just as death is inherent in all life, therefore, life is inherent in all death.
Consciousness, enlightenment, and our realms of awareness
exist, and whether we are facing life or death, we have
a state pervaded by the power to elevate:
In life, we have the Eight Winds: prosperity, decline,
disgrace, honor, praise, censure, suffering, and pleasure.
In death, we continue our realms of awareness:
eternity, happiness, true self, and purity.
In other words, life- force in the state of latency, that is death, also has the ability to manifest to form a life again in the state of been manifested. Nichiren Daishonin explains: “Myo is to revive, that is to return to life.”
In many respects, without fully knowing why, original spiritual leaders such as Lao-Tzu, Buddha, and Jesus sensed this and sensed forces that transcended nature, meant for conscious man, such as love and compassion obsoleting hate, spite and envy.
As those spiritual leaders learned, it is almost impossible for an individual to escape the forces of nature and leave any destructive anti civilization that continues to wear people down. An individual can intellectually know the way things should be, say, in marriage, business, politics, and personal relationships. He or she can even intellectually see and acknowledge what is wrong with the way things are now. But for that individual to emotionally escape the forces of nature is, well, nearly if not impossible leaving a lot to be desired and often feeling trapped.
Our wisdom and the reality of experiencing fear, guilt, anger, hurt feelings, or unworthiness are matters of energy. How closely we look to ourselves for dignity, courage, healing, or even the transformation of fear begins with recognizing our desires as enlightenment, as a compass for growth, and is key to that inner transformation from a conditioned self to our authentic self as we gain inner strength from applying the knowledge of our wisdom amidst the realities of our desires, fears, doubts from habitual thinking or the comfort zone of our own fundamental darkness.
The polarization of fear allows for false expectations to appear real and can actually determine how we see ourselves, or whether we’re able to perceive our true nature, move past ourselves or break through associative memories to illuminate the fundamental darkness of looking outside ourselves for validation and take the responsibility to reveal our true identity. Creativity takes courage.
The courage to do anything outside of our comfort zone comes with a price. That price can be a mountainous mastery of seemingly small tasks, a new facet of character and integrity. Gratitude opens the heart to receive more miracles. What we give to others we give to ourselves. Energy follows intention. The more you notice the absence of something in your life, the greater that absence becomes as you energize it.
The word Buddha means one who is fully awake or to awaken to the universal law within our own lives as the channel of the Universal Mind. The Lotus Sutra the foremost of the Buddha’s teachings, asserts the inherent dignity and equality of all people and all life revealing the way all people all people can attain enlightenment..
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 blueprint for world peace. Our emotions allow us to see and affect the change needed in our behavior, actions or relationships.
According to the Mahayana scriptures life after death fuses with the incorporated in the larger cosmic life in the state called the non-substantiality.
Nevertheless, although it has become fused with the universe, one’s individuality is preserved in the form of seeds of karma stored after death in the Alaya Consciousness.
These seeds affected the condition of one’s life in the intermediate existence in that one experience pleasure of joys or sufferings in accordance with the karma one has accumulated during life.
According to the book that Daisaku Ikeda wrote called The Unlocking The Mysterious of Life And Death – Buddhism in The Contemporary World there are four stages of life and death and they are:
1) Existence during birth, 2) Existence during life, 3) Existence during death and 4) Existence between death and rebirth, which is called The Intermediate Existence.
THE INTERMEDIATE EXISTENCE
During this process life various function become dormant, and are stored in the Alaya- consciousness ( 8th Consciousness). These functions include the five- sensory -consciousness of sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch and the mind- consciousness ( 6th consciousness) and the Mano- consciousness ( 7th Consciousness) , all these which is the center of the self- Consciousness.
When the Mind- Consciousness ( 6th) and the Mano- Consciousness become dormant, all psychological activities, including the mental function and emotional desires are converted into dormant seeds and deposited in the karmic storehouse of the Alaya- Consciousness (8th).
At the same time our physical being begins to disintergrate, and it’s energy, too, is absorbed into the Alaya- Consciousness ( 8th). In this process we experience everything different in our normal life experience.
If we become confused or frightened in this unaccustomed situation, our mind can invite earthly desire or illusion to enter our lives in the final struggle at the moment of death.
According to Haanel, most people don’t know how to pray. For some reason they know there are laws that govern Maths, Science, Gravity and Electricity, but for some unknown reason they don’t believe that Spiritual Laws apply or exist.
If you’ve ever had a prayer answered, then under similar circumstances your prayers will always be answered. The Laws of Spirit is are exact and scientific and will give you the same result every time, the same way the Universal Laws give the same result, under similar circumstances.
You, yourself, are a Thus Come One who is originally enlightened and endowed with the three bodies. You should chant Nam Myoho Renge Kyo with this conviction. Then the place where you chant daimoku will become the dwelling place of the treasure tower.
(WND, 299-300) Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
The Buddhist Scholar Vasubandhu teaches us that the karma accumulated during past lifetimes cannot be changed to alter during the Intermediate existences but Nichiren Daishonin teaches that prayers offered by the living can in fact alter the karma of the deceased and affect the condition of his or her next rebirth.
This, according to Nichiren Daishonin, if the prayers are offered is based on the state of Buddhahood they are transmitted to the dead person. I perceive by that Vasubandhu may have stated this claim because he is not placing the Lotus Sutra as the ultimate truth towards the path of Supreme enlightenment in the three existences of life, the past, present and future lives.
Attaining Buddhahood in this lifetime is a reality that will actualize our conviction towards a life of absolute happiness as taught by Josei Toda, because a relative and transient happiness is not the way to practice. Such supreme ultimate life condition of one who manifest Buddhahood, will fathom what enlightenment actually is and what powers a Buddha has inherent in life. A Buddha is said to be able to perceive all phenomena in every life and it’s existences, which include the sentient and insentient life in the universe.
On Practicing the Law of Cause and Effect by the expedient means of reciting Gongyo and chanting the Daimoku of Nam Myoho Renge Kyo that include excerpts from Buddhism View On Life And Death courtesy David Tan Han Peng, SGI Singapore, 31 July 2014 who stated he had perceived this explanation as the most crystal clear as to his research of study and to please also refer to the Five Components in the SGI DICTIONARY for further reading and study.
Adding a Drop of Joy
By adding a drop of joy to anger, an alchemical reaction occurs, transforming anger into courage. Courage is the ability to act to correct an injustice, even if we do not have all the answers yet. It is the willingness to be wrong in the pursuit of what is right. Adding another drop of joy transforms courage into passion.
How can extreme emotions including fear, guilt or hurt feelings, unworthiness and anger be used as tools to expand beyond our comfort zone? Even though I blogged before I never had to do so on a regular weekly basis, or to establish a new habit. I had to overcome all kinds of fear, doubt and unworthiness of what I might be capable of every week to do so because I wasn’t sure of what to write.
Mind is creative. I just realized how strong the earnest desire within was to be a part of this valuable Master Key Experience and its wonderful #MKMMA community. Reading the other blogs gave me some idea of what seemed impossible and how to begin to open up. I’m truly amazed sometimes and encouraged when I look at what I wrote afterwards. No one makes it without the Mastermind! #MKE #PIF Many in Body One in Mind #ItaiDoshin #NMRK
Every cell in your body is intelligent and will respond to your direction. The cells are all creators and will create the exact pattern which you give them. We shall always find the cause in the “world within”; by changing the cause, we change the effect. Most people have heard of the Law of Attraction, which is basically give more, get more, or to put it another way is cause and effect. The biggest challenge is that what people see is the effect, what they don’t see is the cause.
When we come into recognition of the Unity of all things and that the source of all power is within, we tap the source of inspiration. Inspiration is from within and the art of self-realization; the art of adjusting the individual mind to that of the Universal Mind; the art of attaching the proper mechanism to the source of all power; the art of differentiating the formless into form; the art of becoming a channel for the flow of Infinite Wisdom; the art of visualizing perfection; the art of realizing the omnipresence of Omnipotence.
All are but parts of one stupendous whole, Whose body nature is, and God the soul. Intention governs attention. Opportunity follows perception, action follows inspiration, growth follows knowledge, eminence flows progress. Always the spiritual first, then the transformation into the infinite and illimitable possibilities of achievement. Energy follows intention.
“Dance while you can – even if there is no music.
Laugh at the wonder of life – even if there is no reason to.
Smile at everyone – even if they don’t smile back.
Enjoy this precious moment – even if no-one else is.
Love whatever enchants you – even if there is nothing in return.”
~ Dr Jeff Mullan
Our real strength lies in our capacity for empathy with others and the action we take on their behalf.
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