It’s All About You

all-about-youIt’s all too easy, when we find ourselves in a difficult situation, to think that it is the other person who must change. This is a perfect example of a lack of right-thinking, because it is we who must change.

Our Practice, our enlightenment, even the path, all reside within us and it is there that we must look for the change.

Nichiren put it very succinctly …

You must never think that any of the eighty thousand sacred teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha’s lifetime or any of the Buddhas and bodhisattvas of the ten directions and three existences are outside yourself.

Your practice of the Buddhist teachings will not relieve you of the sufferings of birth and death in the least unless you perceive the true nature of your life. If you seek enlightenment outside yourself, then your performing even ten thousand practices and ten thousand good deeds will be in vain.

It is like the case of a poor man who spends night and day counting his neighbour’s wealth but gains not even half a coin.

~ Nichiren Daishonin

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