Tuesday, January 29, 2008

great time with other religious leaders 1/29/08

It was a great honor and pleasure for us to host a Nikkei (Japanese American) Interfaith meeting at Rissho Kosei-kai of LA yesterday. About 30 religious leaders from Shinto, Christianity, and Buddhism attended and we enjoyed eating Bento (lunch box) together and also sharing thoughts and news.

We grow from interaction. By listening, by talking, by being with other religious leaders yesterday, I was very much inspired. All religions are, I believe, wonderful manifestation of the truth of the universe. And by walking on the respective path most sincerely, followers will eventually attain enlightenment. So being a Christian, for example, you too can become a buddha, enlightened one. Difference gives us options to choose a path. Difference creates more opportunies for interaction and nurtures all practitionars.

How wonderful it is to have various forms of religious tradition, instead of just one!
Difference must be a great gift to all of us. Shoko Mizutani

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