英語で法話


僧侶「大來尚順」による、英語で読む法話。


The Importance of Realizations,
No Matter How Small


This month, I would like to share a personal story with you. A few days ago, my wife and I were discussing what we should do to celebrate our daughter’s first birthday this month. Looking back on the past year, it’s been a year beyond our wildest expectations! What a wonderful learning experience this has been for us. Our one-year old daughter has taught us so much! Our daughter’s first birthday also means that we have been her parents for one whole year as well. Reflecting on these things, we can ONLY express our heartfelt and deepest appreciation to our daughter for enabling us to be her mom and dad and to experience parenthood!

This miniscule realization reminds me of a teaching I once learned from my Buddhist teacher who said: “Do not think that others exist because you exist. Know that YOU exist only because of OTHERS.” This is a simple message BUT is quite profound and represents the essence of Yogacara (consciousness-only) thought, which is the path of Buddhist philosophy and psychology that emphasizes phenomenology and ontology and explains our experiences as constructed by the human mind.

When looking at our life’s experiences through the eye of the human mind, even a minute realization can drastically change the world as we see it. It is quite typical for humans to believe that our own judgment and choices are correct. However, this type of self-centered attitude greatly narrows our vision of the world. However, if you are able to look at something from various points of view, you will come to realize the magnificent true view of world. This is called --- Liberation From Our Selfishness.

Let’s look for opportunities to experience minuscule realizations when possible. It just might lead you to a whole new world of realization, one which is full of gratitude and appreciation.

In Gassho


気づきの大切さ:
それがどれだけ小さなものであっても


間もなく1歳を迎える娘に、どんなお祝いをしてあげようか妻と考えていたとき、長くて早かったこの1年を振り返りました。しかし、同時に私たち自身も母、父として1歳を迎えることに気がつきました。本当に娘、また支えて下さった方々に感謝の気持ちしかありません。この思いにひたっているとき、ある恩師の言葉が頭に浮かびました。それが、「人は自分がいて、周りの人がいると思っているが、それは違う。周りの人がいて、自分がいるのだ。」という言葉です。本当にその通りだと思った瞬間でした。一見単純に思える言葉ですが、実はとても奥深い唯識という仏教の教えに結び付くものです。

小さな気づきによって、視野が広がり大きな世界(感謝の世界)が見えることもあります。どんな気づきも大切にする生活を心がけたいものです。

合掌


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大來尚順(おおぎしょうじゅん)プロフィール
浄土真宗本願寺派 大見山 超勝寺 衆徒。翻訳家。ハーバード大学 神学部研究員を修了し、帰国。現在は、執筆活動や通訳・翻訳を通して、日本仏教を世界に弘める活動をしています。


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