QUESTION & ANSWERS ON THE JAPAN DISASTER By Reverend Raido Hirota
Translated and edited by Udumbara Foundation volunteers
Question: The gosho, "On Attaining Buddhahood (Issho Jobutsu Sho)" says, if the minds of the people are impure, their land is also impure, but if their minds are pure, so is their land. There are not two lands, pure or impure in themselves. The difference lies solely in the good or evil of our minds." In the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami, have the Taisekiji priesthood reevaluated their position?
Rev. Hirota: Since I’m not them, I don’t know what they are thinking or what they have learned in the midst of this major disaster. In the Lotus Sutra, it is written that in the time of Mappo (“The Age of Dharma Decline”), the world would fall into disorder.
Due to the sins of wrong teachings, not only society and human-kind, but also nature would be in disorder. Nichiren Daishonin warned the world of this in the “Rissho Ankoku Ron.” Nichiren Daishonin is not happy that the world if falling into disarray, or proud that his prediction came true. Instead, he is pleading with us to take this as a wake-up call, and to awaken to the true teachings of Namu-Myoho-renge-kyo.
By the way, this is not the fault of Mappo or slander. If the world’s disorder wasn't taken as a wake-up call, and if nobody woke up to the true faith as a result of the disaster, then it would be evidence that we, the communicators of the Buddha’s teachings, didn't fulfill our mission or carry out our responsibilities well.
The number of people who were killed or are missing due to the earthquake and tsunami on March 11th reached well over 20,000 as of March 25th. As a believer of Namu-Myoho-renge- kyo, I regret the lack of ability to pursue the mission and responsibilities. From now on, I’m going to send out the message even more than before. Each believer has to think about what they can do as a believer first.
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