Wednesday, March 5, 2008

The Power of Smile

When I was participating in the web cast celebration of the 70th anniversary of the foundation of my Buddhist Congregation yesterday, I realized that this year is also the 30th anniversary of my own Buddhist life. On May 4th, 1978, I walked into the Rissho Kosei-kai Buddhist Center of Sapporo to learn the Dharma.

One of the greatest learning I have ever got is the awareness of my connection with external conditions. We are likely to be influenced by the things happening around us. When people are nice to me, I am happy. When things don’t go well, I am frustrated. When the traffic is smooth, I feel good. When a service is delayed at a restaurant, I am irritated. However, I am also aware that even though the external conditions may not be something I want, I can free myself from negative influences by tuning my state of mind into the Buddha’s state of mind, i.e. appreciation of that circumstance and appreciation of that moment.

Will it take time to attain that special state of mind? I think it is a life-long practice. But making a smile has a power to connect us to the Buddha’s mind right away. When we smile, a feeling of happiness arises from within ourselves irrespective of the conditions we are in.
External conditions fail to control us, and instead we can engage ourselves in a constructive process.

Smile has a power. And this is what I was able to gain from my practice with Rissho Kosei-kai.
Thank you, Buddha, and thank you, Founder Rev. Nikkyo Niwano, for its foundation.


1 comment:

Natsuki K said...

Thank you for sharing the wonderful story. I felt the importance being smile again.
When I think about Smile, I remind women of Gen Verde; the performing group of Focolare movement. Their smile make people comfort. I hope to be like them, especially their Angelic smile. Also, when I think about smile, I remind the members who visiting HQ. Normally, it is special occasion visiting HQ for members who come from apart. They are spending a mount of money and time for coming to HQ. However, they look so happy for being here.
I am happy to be in this circumstance.
I have been reminded the word you gave me one day, “Sitting on a rock three years will bring enlightenment” all the time. Now this is 6th year for me at HQ. I can’t believe it. I will keep the words in my mind. Thank you Rev. Mizutani again! Please take care, I hope to see you soon! Gassho