In this day and age, many people in their search for happiness and meaning in their lives are on quest to try out new religions and self help books. Many religions promise enlightenment and happiness via perhaps Kundalini yoga, transcendental meditation, Hare Krishna, the list could go on. Although there is infinite value in doing yoga ( I do it myself regulary), transcendental mediation and chanting mantras however, one’s deep rooted karma is very difficult to change through these measures alone .
Buddhism on the other hand, enables people to change their karma by chanting Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo. The mantra, Nam Myoho Renge Kyo enables us to tap into the ninth consciousness, which enables us to change our destiny, because of the purification of the eight consciousness or alaya consciousness. Chanting Nam Myoho- Renge-Kyo is such a powerful tool for changing karma and revealing one’s innate Buddhahood.
The first five levels of consciousness relates to our senses: sight, touch, smell, hearing and taste. The sixth consciousness is concerned with judgments pertaining to external matters and integrating all the sensory input of the first five consciousness. It is our seventh consciousness, which enables us to make value judgments, form ideas, imagine things, philosophize, to express our spiritual side of life. So while our sixth consciousness says, “ that this is a green bottle of Perrier.” It’s our seventh consciousness that enables us to discern, “ water is excellent and it is so important to replenish our fluids with eight glasses of water a day.” The eight consciousness- the alaya consciousness is the consciousness that we are so used to that we act on it on an unconsciousness level, it’s were our karmic tendencies lie. The karmic storehouse is the same as our memory, it is also the consciousness that records all our individual experiences through our thoughts, words, and deeds. Everything that happens in our life however minuscule, can not escape the reality of the eight consciousness.
The ninth consciousness is our Buddhahood and can only tapped by chanting NAM-MYOHO-RENGE-KYO. The fundamental original and absolute consciousness which is universal, and without tapping the ninth consciousness our destiny is fixed in the eighth consciousness (ku). The ninth consciousness is free of all karmic impurity. When we chant Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo we tap into the pure cosmic life force. As a result, this powerful life force filters the other eight consciousness which purifies our lives which in turn purifies our environment. When we base our lives on the “ palace of the ninth consciousness”, we are able to make causes which are not ruled by our previous karmic tendencies.
Nicheren Daishonin, the thirteenth century Buddhist priest describes The Latter Day of the Law as a time on the planet when there would be a lot of suffering and arrogance. It is very similar to what the Bible describes as the end of the world. If you are a Buddhist, you are also a Boddhisattva of the Earth, which means you have taken on a certain amount of karma to transform it into your mission. Buddhism believes in world peace, by simply transfoming ourselves first, then our families, communities, and then the world at large.
In this day and age, there is no end, to the atrocities and abject suffering in everyday life in many parts of the world. People are falling out of the sky (September 11th),women are selling their daughters for a few Rupees in India, women in villages in Africa have to kill their very parents or be killed, in Nicaragua women sell their bodies for a few Cordobas to feed their children.
It’s time to take a look at closer look at our own lives. When we aren’t suffering that much we can think about our own individual contribution that we’d like to make to the World. Nicheren Buddhism offers an answer to purifying our karma, raising our life condition to the point, that your own problems and obstacles seem minor. When you chant Nam Myoho Renge Kyo, you can transform your own self to such a great degree that you will have the power, wisdom and compassion to begin to tranform the ugliness you see in society,perhaps, beginning with the realm of your family and your work place.
When we are happy, we can come from an enlightened vantage point ,and without sounding like another cliché, make the world a better place for the sake of World Peace.
Nota Bene: ( MW) Major Writings of Nicheren Daishonin Introduction to Buddhism is every Thursday Night at 7pm-8:30 pm at the Los Angeles Friendship Center.