Sunday, February 27, 2011

Buddhist Question: The River

This is an analogical question, kind of a riddle:
Question: When a Nichiren Buddhist comes to a river that is deep and wide with no bridge, no boat, and he doesn't know how to swim, he is left with a decision. What am I to do? First, we know that we must chant daimoku (Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo) and ask our reflection in the Gohonzon (our inner Buddha Nature) what our true path should be, we all should know that. But, What should we ask the Gohonzon? To make the river disappear?

Answer: We should ask our selves how do I A) build a bridge?, B) build a boat?, or C) learn to swim? .

Lesson Learned: I must always A) look to myself in the Gohonzon in order to find an answer and B) expect the answer in a form that makes sense.