Question: How do we live in this life and prepare for the next life? How do we live in this moment?

Rev. Hirota (RH): The Daishonin referred to himself as Nichiren the votary of the Lotus Sutra.
Like the Daishonin, we should try everyday to be a votary of the Lotus Sutra. Of course, the most
important thing in practicing the Lotus Sutra is to chant
Namu-myoho-renge-kyo. But it is also very
important to live everyday as the votary of Namu-myoho-renge-kyo.

No one has control over one's movements or actions. That is to say, one cannot do whatever one
wants or pleases. Therefore we must chant. The Daishonin said, use this Law of
Myohorengekyo in
your life no matter what you are doing, whether sitting, standing, lying down or walking. The future
continues on from this moment. There is no distinction or separation between the present and the
future. The present and the future are one and the same. You must try to be close to
Namu-myoho-renge-kyo, this is the most important thing. The way you are living now is the way
you will die, and the way you will live in the future.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
LIVING IN THIS LIFE
PREPARING FOR
THE LIFE TO COME
With Reverend Raido Hirota
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