One of the most important aspects of our faith and practice over many years is always to maintain sincerity and to keep a seeking mind. When we are going through difficult obstacles, or when we have a strong desire to attain a goal, it’s easy to chant a lot of Daimoku sincerely. And when we overcome a serious problem in our lives, or achieve something that is important to us, we always feel appreciation and express our gratitude to the Gohonzon.
But since we are common mortals, living today in the Latter Day of the Law, we are sometimes influenced by the three poisons of greed, anger, and stupidity, and if we’re not careful, we can be affected by the seven types of arrogance. By looking at our silent prayers that we observe twice a day during Gongyo, we can see how important it is to have gratitude for all of the protection and benefits that we constantly receive, both conspicuous and inconspicuous.
There is a story from the Buddhist scriptures that illustrates the importance of maintaining our Buddhist practice and not being swayed by arrogance or lack of appreciation. This story is called, “The Man with the Marvelous Vase.” Continue reading “The Parable Of “The Man With The Marvelous Vase””