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A Happy New Year
Regret not the past
Anticipate not that which has not arisen
Be not anxious over that which has happened
As long as one lives the present usefully
They shall be happy, in body and spirit.
Supervising Minister, MBT
Rev. Ron Miyamura
The Cleveland Buddhist Temple welcomes Rev. Ron Miyamura, our Supervising Minister and Resident Minister of Midwest Buddhist Temple to give the first Dharma talk of 2021. Welcome to Cleveland Rev. Ron!
Happy New Year
As we bring in the new year of 2021, we are still faced with great challenges. Of course, this CoVid-19 Pandemic is affecting aspect of our lives. We found new heroes, the first responders and the frontline medical people, as well as all the support staff. Their dedication is an inspiration to us all.
Through this all, we also have to balance our own needs and wants. We want to travel and see our friends, but we also need to know that we have to do our part to prevent the spread of this Pandemic. Our own mental health seems so fragile.
At times like this, we need a spiritual core that guides us. We look Shin Buddhism to help us get through our physical and material world. In our modern world, we no longer grow our own food; so we rely on grocery stores, money, transportation and so much more to survive today. We have to balance our needs with the risks of everyday living. We know our Karma, our thoughts, words and actions, will determine how we get through each day. Our responsibility is to keep ourselves safe and to keep others safe.
Among the seeming chaos, there is a place of peace and calm. This is to chant the Sutras, to listen to the Dharma and to recite the Nembutsu (to say, Namu Amida Butsu).
So long as the man cannot control his own mind, how can he get any satisfaction from thinking such thoughts as, “This is my son” or “This is my treasure?” A foolish man suffers from such thoughts.
“I am what I own” is a proposition based on a very modern view of thinking. For example, your children could be described as your other selves.
Even so, however, both your children and belongings are not something that you can freely manipulate.
Against your expectation, your children might rebel against you, run away from your home and even die of illness. Each child is an independent person and is different from his/her parents and their ways of thinking and behavioral patterns. It is not easy for you to control her children as you would wish.
You may partially or completely lose your possessions for various reasons. You might go bankrupt or your house might be washed away by a flood. If they were truly yours, you can control them as you wish.
When we think deeply, however, we cannot always control ourselves. We hope that all of our conveniences will last, but reality often betrays our wishes. In Buddhism, we understand that the nature of our lives requires us “to face the reality of impermanence.”
Buddha teaches us, “To realize that nothing is our property is wisdom and is the way to escape from suffering.” That is to say, he teaches us that all things, every material object, our minds and the environment surrounding us are not things about which we can say, “This is mine.” This is because everything in this world is impermanent and is in the process of changing.
Learning the Wisdom of Enlightenment, Bukkyō Dendō Kyōkai and BDK America, 2019, Moraga.
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