Where are we to turn in this most turbulent world? Every day it seems we are made aware that anger and violence towards others is increasing. Where is our ability to find peace and resolve in such troubling times? Our hearts are heavy with the tragedies in Dallas, Florida, Minnesota, and Louisiana. As a country we, unfortunately, are not alone, as Nice, France has also suffered severe loss of life. In France, as the citizens and visitors were celebrating Bastille Day (likened to our July 4th celebrations) loss of life occurred seemly out of nowhere.
As followers of Buddha’s teachings, how do we remain steadfast in our devotion and commitment to his words? How can the life teachings of Buddha bring us peace and keep us focused on our journey toward the light? Let us “together” focus on what we can do to help each other find the peace that all mankind deserves.
Teachings that Prevail
The true nature of Buddhism is that we have the innate ability to overcome any adversity or difficulty. According to Shakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism, we are given the gift of being able to transform suffering within us. In the thirteenth century a Buddhist monk by the name of Nichiren gave us the practice to awaken our ability to transform our suffering. That practice in concert with the reciting of the 2nd and 16th chapters of the Lotus Sutra can bring us the peace we are searching for. It is important that we learn the basics of this practice, by understanding the meaning of Nam- Myoho- Renge- Kyo. Chanting these words can support our ability to live normal lives, in the face of adversity and suffering.
The Essence of Nam Myoho Renge Kyo
Nam Myoho Renge Kyo is a vow for determination in the face of difficulties. The saying brings us to our Buddha nature. It is also a vow that helps others to achieve their own ability to reduce their suffering and achieve peace. When chanting these words, we are reminded that we have an opportunity to live normal lives and can transform our suffering. With practice we are able to understand that the words reveal to us, that with daily practice, we can triumph over difficult times. It is in this practice that we continue to live our lives with faith and a compassionate heart.
Our Path is Clear
In this turbulent world, we must stay true to ourselves by compassion toward others. We must realize that all life matters. Our desire to reduce the anger and chaos in the world starts with us. Although it seems overwhelming during these most turbulent times, we must not falter from our path. We must be there for one another, without exception. It is this quote that reminds us to remain steadfast in our resolve to weather any storm we may encounter:
“A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things that can renew humanity.” –Buddha
We should strive toward unity in our communities, in our country, and in the world. Hearing the voices of others, even if we do not agree, is a Buddha virtue. Peace can only be achieved if we look beyond ourselves and find common ground with others.
As it is spoken in Namaste, I bow to the divine in you. If we truly believe that, then the path to peace is within our reach.
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