|■ THE DOCTRINES OF BUDDHA||2010.9.7|
Long time ago,in China,there was a time when there were 13 Buddhist denominations.Also in Japan there are many of the same kind.|
Such gates to Buddhism are said to be 84,000 and Buddhist scriptures to amount to more than 5,040 volumes.
Then,what does Buddhism preach and what does it practice?
At Meiji/Taisho Era,there was a distinguished Preacher called SEIRAN OHUCI.He mentioned following three words or elements:
Arigatai(1) Mottainai(2) Okinodoku(3)
and declared those three words explain all essentials of Buddhist doctrines.
(1) Original meaning:difficult to exist,meaning,therefore,''Since such an act
of yours is difficult to exist,your kind gesture should be highly
(2) What a waste!(sheer waste);to be too good to be wasted;To be more than I
deserve; example....''You are too kind,I don't think I deserve such a kind
gesture of yours.''
(3) ''Oh,what a pity!'' pitiable; to be sympathised;
The working of nature on this globe,on which life continued for more than four billion years....The life,which could simply be irreplaceable and be difficult even to exist....Just simply ARIGATAI! As Ms Wangari Maathai, kenyan Nobel Prize winner,justly pointed out,the spirit of MOTTAINAI,deeply ingrained in the thoughts and feelings of the Japanese....who live humbly always with the spirit of MOTTAINAI.
We grunt and sweat under a weary life,helping and being helped each other,always with the spirit of compassion. The Japanese accept the sorrows and sufferings of others as if they were their own,saying OKINODOKU! in their inner heart.
People assemble at a Buddhist temple on the New Years Eve and listen to the bell ringing out the old year,pay the first visit of the year to a Shinto
shrine,and go to church for the wedding,but unless the Japanese lose these three
the future prospect of the Japanese is bright;they remain a bright torch to illuminate the world.
*The writer;DAISHIN ADATI ROUSI
*The translation into English;PROF MASATOSHI OHTA