The Next Dalai Lama Rejects Buddhism and Hero Worship, that is!
Way back in 1986, the next Dalai Lama, a little Spanish boy, was chosen. Apparently, Osel Hita Torres can’t take it, a life deprived of television, movies (save one), football and girls.
He’s now a film student in Madrid.
He rejects all that his status gave him and yet the monks still worship him. How long this will last, I don’t know.
I earnestly hope that he and the monks are happy. I practice Nichiren’s Buddhism. It’s not like this at all. Not one bit. Nada. In fact, Nichiren explicitly denounced the worship of idols and people, and the elevation of people to any such ‘god-like’ status.
Nichiren was para-phrasing the original Buddha’s words, as well as their intent when he said,
Buddhism is concerned with the essential nature of humanity.
Buddhism is not found somewhere else, separate from such beautiful expressions of humanity as appreciation towards one’s mother and courtesy to others.
As Nichiren Daishonin teaches in the Gosho, “behaviour as a human being” that perfectly accords with reason is what constitutes the heart of Buddhism.
Therefore, our world of faith must be a gathering that is full of affection and heartfelt consideration. – Daisaku Ikeda
I’ve nabbed the content of this from Ted Penfold. My wife, has told me that she heard this lecture of Dick’s and found it and him some of the most inspiring things in her life. I came across this wonderful piece by chance, looking for some background information on Nikko, the second guy after (Nichiren) in our prayers, and repeat it here so that more people might be similarly inspired.
I’ve corrected some spellings from the original transcript here which I assume were due to OCR transcription errors, mainly. I’ve also added a few links, where appropriate, to external sources (SP)
n.b. Admonitions = Precepts = Warnings. The three terms appear in different places, but essentially mean the same thing (SP)
LECTURE ON THE TWENTY-SIX ADMONITIONS OF NIKKO SHONINby the late SGI UK General Director, Richard Causton
The following lecture by SGI UK General Director, Richard Causton, based on various lectures given by him around the U.K. and overseas during late 1992 and 1993, was inspired by SGI President Ikeda’s guidance on this subject on 24th October 1992. This lecture first appeared as a series of articles in SGI-UK’s monthly magazine, the U.K. Express. (now called Art of Living – SP)
At a discussion meeting this evening we discussed the subject;
How has our practice influenced our view of the future.
I thought about this and determined that my vision is extremely optimistic now as compared to previously in my life. I connected two passages from the very beginning and near end of the Gosho that explain the interconnectedness of all things that are the basis for my optimism.
Life at each moment encompasses the body and mind and the self and environment of all sentient beings in the Ten Worlds as well as all insentient beings in the three thousand realms, including plants, sky, earth, and even the minutest particles of dust. Life at each moment permeates the entire realm of phenomena and is revealed in all phenomena. To be awakened to this principle is itself the mutually inclusive relationship of life at each moment and all phenomena. – Nichiren Daishonin, WND page 3
The essence of the sutras preached before the Lotus Sutra is that all phenomena arise from the mind. To illustrate, they say that the mind is like the great earth, while the grasses and trees are like all phenomena. But it is not so with the Lotus Sutra. It teaches that the mind itself is the great earth, and that the great earth itself is the grasses and trees. The meaning of the earlier sutras is that clarity of mind is like the moon, and that purity of mind is like a flower. But it is not so with the Lotus Sutra. It is the teaching that the moon itself is mind, and the flower itself is mind. You should realize from this that polished rice is not polished rice; it is life itself. – Nichiren Daishonin, WND page1126
This connectivity is something
that I’ve felt since an early age. The title of this post, Never Seek the Gohonzon Outside Yourself, emphasises this point – that we don’t create the earth, we are the earth.
Despite the petty machinations of politicians and vested groups, I believe that we people have within us the power to make our world a nicer, less animalistic place, right now. The SGI has this ideal and more and more people are coming to this way of thinking.
It’s not a case of smiling and being nice to everyone. Far from it. It’s a case of taking action, making a revolution in the ways of thinking, a human revolution, criticising and pointing out the actions and stupidity of bad people. Not turning the other cheek but arguing without backing down.
Like the polished rice, it is and I am, life itself.
A remarkable result follows from a variation of the double-slit experiment in which detectors are placed in either or both of the two slits in an attempt to determine which slit the photon passes through on its way to the screen. Placing a detector even in just one of the slits will result in the disappearance of the interference pattern. The detection of a photon involves a physical interaction between the photon and the detector of the sort that physically changes the detector. (If nothing changed in the detector, it would not detect anything.)
In other words, the photon “knows”. That’s all we can say about it. This er.. cartoon explains it…
The mutually inclusive relationship of life at each moment and all phenomena is shown in another of my favourite things, the concept of Entanglement.
Here’s Dr Quantum again, and that’s all I’ll say.
All this means that it’s perfectly possible for all humans to exist on our world in harmony, solving the great threat of greed that fuels consumerism and all the waste, pollution and corruption that accompanies it.