Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Slaves of emotions 感情の奴隷

"Everyone wants a happy life without difficulties or suffering. We create many of the problems we face. No one intentionally creates problems, but we tend to be slaves to powerful emotions like anger, hatred and attachment that are based on misconceived projections about people and things. We need to find ways of reducing these emotions by eliminating the ignorance that underlies them and applying opposing forces." (From His Holiness the Dalai Lama's facebook on July 2, 2013)



「相互依存」 "Interdependence"



Why the most important term "interdependence" isn't mentioned in Japanese Buddhism? "Interdependence" is the ultimate truth of this planet and is the core content of Wisdom. It can be regarded as an ancient version of the theory of relativity. It is difficult for me to understand the reason why Japanese Buddhism uses puzzling terms like "emptiness", "absence of substance", "absence of peculiar nature" in order to explain about Wisdom. I can't help being skeptical that real Wisdom may not be correctly understood by Japanese Buddhism. If I liken this phenomenon, it can be said that "Japanese Buddhism is like the McDonald's hamburger". It is vain to misunderstand and eat a sham hamburger as the real thing at McDonald's, without knowing the taste of genuine U.S. charcoal-grilled hamburger. The room service hamburger at a decent hotel overseas, tastes much better.