The Reason why People cannot Become Buddha

森羅万象第6巻 表紙

Everything you take for granted is a manifestation of the Original Being. To be honest is to be original (=God). When you’re honest, you may be close to God. When you can’t be honest, clinging to things, you can be said to be away from God. If you make a decision when you cannot be honest, the consequence is likely to be what you will regret.

  • take A for granted Aを当たり前と思う
  • manifestation 現れ
  • honest 正直な
  • cling 執着する
  • consequence 結果
  • be likely to~   〜しそうである
  • regret 後悔する

Holding a memorial service for your ancestors is an act of your going back to basics mentally and physically. It can purify the spiritual line of your family line with the use of the energy of gratitude. Memorial services for your ancestors, held in the right way, are also the secret ritual that you can do practically and concretely to go back to basics. When you touch your soul, everything around you will regenerate.

  • basics 基本
  • mentally 精神的に
  • purify 浄化する
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち
  • ritual 儀式
  • practically 実践的に
  • concretely 具体的に
  • regenerate 再生する

If you suffer from diseases or a mental problem caused by spirits, you can improve the symptoms by holding thankful memorial services for your ancestors. Problems caused by spirits , however, are few in number. As I have been observing people’s troubles for more than twenty years, such cases are only about 20 percent of the whole cases.

  • disease 病気
  • improve 改善する
  • symptom 症状
  • whole 全体の

If you have a problem caused by a spirit, you can improve your situation quickly by holding a memorial service for your ancestral spirits just like a devil leaves you. But if your problems are caused by your life habit or mental attitude, it takes time to improve your situation. Before you hurry to visit a shrine, you have to amend your way of living though you may not know what to amend first. Anyway, it’s important for you to reconsider your life style before visiting a shrine.

  • put A into practice Aを実行に移す
  • life habit 生活習慣
  • attitude 態度
  • hurry 急ぐ
  • amend 修正する
  • reconsider 考え直す

By the way, there is one thing Kukai(空海) has been regretting. What he wanted us to know the most was that all human beings can be Buddha as they are right here, right now. I feel that he showed us ways to remember that human beings are already Buddha, that is, human beings are precious, vigorous beings shining like gold.

  • precious 貴重な
  • vigorous 活力に富む
  • shine 輝く

But in the course of more than a thousand years, weird rituals, secret magics or what people thought to be profitable among his teachings came to be exaggerated and propagated because they were easy to accept for people in general. I feel that only minor methods to become Buddha have been emphasized and academized, which is far away from his true intention.

  • exaggerate 誇張する
  • propagate 広める
  • accept 受け入れる
  • incidental 付随的な
  • academize 学問化する
  • intention 意図

I feel as if  Kukai were saying that even if you practice the current Buddhism, you cannot be Buddha however hard you try.  Not the true purpose of Buddhism but magic words or arts alone have been studied and his teachings aimed for the perfection of character are forgotten. It is not until your spiritual happiness expands that various methods function in such a way that you can be Buddha.

  • current 現在の
  • purpose 木t系
  • not A but B AではなくB
  • aim 向ける
  • perfection 完成
  • expand 拡大
  • in such a way that S+V SがVするように

Only a part of what I’ve mentioned above is written in Himitsu-mandara-juju-shin-ron (秘密曼荼羅十住心論)and Sokushin-joubutsu-gi (即身成仏義) by Kukai. Because his arcane teachings were conveyed to his direct disciplines orally, they are gone.

  • mention 言及する
  • arcane 奥義の
  • convey 伝える
  • discipline 弟子

Gossips or secret stories are more likely to attract attention of people and spread quickly among people than good stories useful for learning or work, which may be a mean disposition of human beings. Religions will change in the course of time because the founder’s true intention will be forgotten and his conspicuous teachings alone are emphasized and remain.

  • attract 引きつける
  • attention 注意
  • useful 役に立つ
  • mean 卑しい
  • disposition 性向
  • conspicuous 目立つ

To hold thankful memorial services for your ancestors and to remind yourself of gratitude to God would expand your inner world. With a broad mind, you would be able to do a lot of things at will.

  • remind oneself of A Aを想起する
  • at will 思いのままに

生かして頂いて ありがとう御座位ます

I Ka Shi Te I Ta Da I Te  A Ri Ga To U Go Za I Ma Su

Thank you so much for keeping me/us alive.

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