Question: Aren't people just trying their best? What difference does it make whether people chant or not, aren't we all going to be reborn anyway?
Rev. Hirota: Whether you believe in this religion or not, or whether you practice the wrong religion, everyone has the Ten Worlds, and everyone has the Buddha's life within them. Those who practice Nichiren Daishonin's teachings realize that they possess the Buddha nature. Those who do not believe in Daishonin's teachings do not know they have the Buddha nature. But for those who practice this teaching, they must realize that this Buddha nature is like a diamond, which must be polished. That is, one must practice diligently. If you don't, you will be lost, confused or perverted due to impurities of thought and desire. As a result you will completely forget you possess the Buddha nature, and the opportunity will be discarded. You must realize that you should have gratitude for practicing true Buddhism, and you must appreciate chanting and want to chant more. In the end you will realize you have the Buddha nature, and how important it is to do this practice. The Buddha nature is synonymous with fortune. Those who do not practice do not realize they possess the Buddha nature as fortune.
Those who practice heretical religions look to god and Buddha to rescue them. Seeking benefits accumulates delusion. You will never know why you were born as a human being. You will be driven by desire to seek fame, fortune, high-ranking positions, and prestigious education to boost your pride. This is your purpose for living, and it is a waste of time.
The sutra teaches that we were born in this world to practice Namu-myoho-renge-kyo and attain enlightenment. Since fortune, position and pride are not the purpose of human life, if you live your life seeking these desires it wouldn't matter whether you were mold or a worm for all the good it will do. That is, because you were not born to seek your desires, you should never have been born human.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE IF YOU CHANT OR NOT With Reverend Raido Hirota
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