By Reverend Raido Hirota
Translated and edited by Udumbara Foundation volunteers
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 t
hat the world if falling into disarray, or proud that his prediction came
true. I
nstead, he is pleading with us to take this as a wake-up call, and to awaken to the true
teachings of

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, did
n'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. E
ach believer has to think about what
they can do as a believer first.
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