Thursday, October 9, 2008

Buddha’s True Intention

In my understanding, the only real teachings made directly by Buddha is Shitai 四諦 and Hashoudo 八正道. I sense that the essence of these teachings is based on only two matters. Accepting the situation, and live with gratitude. The rest of the teachings were developed few hundred years later after his death. His teachings were cheerful and vital. The religion that used Buddha created many wrong doings.

From the Hashoudo -八正道 (The Eight Right Paths), I sense particularly the Seichi-正知 teaching; to know about life in the right way, tells us the spiritual essence of his teaching.

Shitai teachings -四諦 (The Four Basics of Buddhism); 1) The truth of life is about suffering. 2) The cause of the suffering comes from attachment. 3) When you overcome the suffering you reach enlightenment 4) The path to reach enlightenment is Buddhism. From Shitai, #1) is the basics of Buddha. He tells that life is about suffering. It is normal that you are suffering. If you try to run away from it, you are going against the universal nature.

People try to avoid pain and use god or pay money to someone who claims to take the pain away from you. This will definitely result in receiving more pain later. It is because these people are going against the universal truth. Buddha says, human cannot run away from life, aging, illness, and the shadow of death. No matter how rich you are or how poor you are, sexual problems between men and women, fear of aging, sickness and death are always equally there for everyone. All of our problems are based on these four matters.

That is why, the NOW is so important. When you are having an ordinary life, that is a miracle and you should be very grateful for it. When pain or difficulty arises, that is the normal condition to be in. Those who are in gratitude in every moment are the ones who have overcome all the four conditions. This applies to #3).

Buddha tells me that those are the enlightened ones. You might think, oh dear, even after I am enlightened do I still have to deal with pain and sufferings?

That is right. You do. But when you are enlightened, you will understand that life is short and both suffering and joy will eventually disappear. You will understand that both suffering and joy is a precious thing that you are allowed to experience in life and be in gratitude. Even in hardships, you will always be able to keep a gentle smile on your face. You will start to feel that everything is precious. This is Satori – enlightenment, Kannagara=to be one with your own innate god.

Sitting in meditation for hours is a waste of time. You will only be in the dream world I call Makkyo 魔境-the demonic realm. How many did actually reach true enlightenment through meditation? There are only a hand full in this past thousand years out of the billions who attempted. Don't waste your time in doing such thing. If you have time to meditate, get involved in the real social world, and together with your innate god, accept everything that comes along with gratitude.

Deal cheerfully with all situations. This is what Buddha wanted for people.

Ikashite-itadaite Arigato-gozaimasu

Thank you for letting us live

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

The Descent of Nichiren

According to my reading, people of the ancient Mu had migrated in the area that is now called Isobe-cho (town) in Ise where Izawano-miya shrine is located. These people were a group of priests from Mu who worshiped the Sun Goddess, Amaterasu-Ohomikami ( in Japanese term). These people were extremely skilled in swimming. They swam like mermaids. Spiritually, they inherit the gene of the mermaid tribes. In the time of Mu, there were people who were half fish and half human. Other local people discriminated them and called them Kaijin “ocean tribes”. They were only allowed to live by the ocean in a limited area. But in fact, this limitation allowed them to maintain their line of descent for a very long time. I sense that they eventually spread through the whole cost line of Japan. I sense, Wajima in Noto Penninsula is another location where many of these ocean tribes migrated.

One of the poor ocean tribe people who lived by the shore who became famous is Nichiren*. I sense that he felt a strong connection with the sun since birth. I also sense that his mother while she was pregnant with him had experienced the rising sun jumping into her stomach. Nishiren himself have been sensing a special vibrational energy from the sun since childhood. But he didn't know what it was. Because his family was poor, one day, he decided to go to live in a temple and became a monk. In the Hokekyo sutra, he felt the same vibrational energy that he was feeling from the sun. It is sad to see the teachings have changed so much since those days. Like the teachings of Buddha, today, it is very different from the original.

There is an unknown story of Nichiren. Before his foundation of a stream in Buddhism, he secludes himself in Tendai-shu Domyo-ji temple, cleansing every morning at the “Well of Vow” before visiting The Grand Shrine of Ise, Gegū for a hundred days. Domyo-ji temple is an uji-dera* of the Watarai family who was in charge of all the ceremonies held at The Grand Shrine of Ise, Gegū. Mr. Watarai is the founder of Ise Shinto, who said that The Grand Shrine of Ise, Gegū is the place where the supreme god of this earth resides. Interestingly enough, Mr. Watarai was also born in Isobe-cho.

Japan is such a mysterious place! I sense a divine grand plan.

Ikashite-itadaite Arigato-gozaimasu

Thank you for letting us live

*Nichiren 日蓮: A Buddhist monk of 13th century Japan. A controversial figure during his lifetime, he is the founder of Nichiren Buddhism, a major Japanese Buddhist stream encompassing several schools of often widely conflicting doctrine.

*uji-dera 氏寺: A Buddhist temple financially supported by an aristocratic family.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Mappo is the shinning Era of the Future

Mappo-末法, or The Latter Day of the Law, is one of the Three Ages of Buddhism. First phase (Age of Shoubou 正法), which lasts 1,000 years (some say 500 years) following the death of the Gautama Buddha. Second phase (Age of Zoubou 像法), which lasts 1,000 years; during this period the practice of the Law begins to deteriorate. Also called the "Age of Copied Law" or the "Age of the Imitation Law. Last phase (the Age of Mappo 末法), which lasts 10,000 years; during this period, the practice of the Law declines until no one follows the Buddhist tenets; also called the "Age of the Decline of the Law." Some people in the Middle Ages interpreted as “the end of the world”, but it only signifies the decline of Buddhism. It is only predicting that as the time goes by, Buddhism will no longer work. It does not indicate cataclysm or any arrival of negative conditions in the world. Therefore, Mappo does not imply “the end of the world.” (from a free dictionary)

I sense that this is one of the very few prophecies Buddha had actually predicted. The calculation of the years would match as Mappo being this present era. I feel that Buddha meant, not only Buddhism, but the end of all forms of religions that is ran by organizations or gatherings.

Today, the environment of earth magnetic field is dramatically changing. There is a very close relationship between the spirit-part of human and the magnetic field. Until now, the environment of earth magnetic field has changed, and the religious rituals and incantations that worked before are loosing its practical power. Some may even start to work negatively. From now on, meditation techniques, incantations, the ideas people thought as divine power that was bought and sold with money, and anything that lead people to depend on spiritual power outside of oneself will cause a decline of one’s level of spirit-self.

However, there are some ideas in religious teachings that will still be effective. For example, the Buddhist teaching taught by Dōgen. He taught that one will see the light by devoting and simply focusing on doing the daily works such as house cleaning, cooking, farming or family business. This idea will still be effective. I would say this kind of work is a “meditation with eyes open.” This will lead to the path of innate god. It is more important to do the work that is in front of you with your eyes open, than the regular sitting meditation.

Ancestral worship is the same. It is always best to send gratitude by yourself. If you do it under an organization and letting the leader pray for you, it will not properly reach to your ancestors. The “color” of the leader is different from your own “color”. Your ancestors will not appreciate the difference of the colors. Even doing any kind of volunteer work is the same. It has to come from “your own will”. If someone else or an organization forced you to do it, it doesn’t have the same meaning.

This can be related to the Divine Revelation received from the Future God of the Sun by Aleister Crowley, The Great Beast. When he was traveling in Egypt, on April 8th, 1904, he received the revelation “Do what thou wilt”. This Great Beast is the seventh dimension derivative of Susanoo.

Mappo is about releasing all the spirit’s magic chains. It is the beginning of the century where humans will become one with their own innate god.

“Do what thou conscience (innate god) wilt!”
- by Ryman-Ise-Hakusan-Do
This is the way of kannagara….

Ikashite-itadaite Arigato-gozaimasu

Thank you for letting us live