We have been shown love and compassion since our conception. While in the womb, we are taken care of. During this time, our dependence was on our mother who gave us birth. Even after birth we are nurtured, cared for and taken care of. How fortunate we are that there were so many people who showered us with love, warmth and care.
As we mature, we tend to forget what experiences and adventures our parents, grandparents, teachers, family or friends have given us. Our parents shared their direction and guidance through their wisdom. When do we ever stop and think of what they shared? Where is our gratitude?
We eventually set our goals and achieve them and it is through the love and compassion of so many peo-ple that we are able to succeed. As we continue with our lives, we tend to forget what was shared and sacri-ficed. As college students, we tend to feel that we have “made it on our own”. We think that it is our study and learning that we are able to find our professions. However, it is through the working of love and compassion of so many people that we are able to accomplish our goals.
Unconsciously, we take pride in our successes, but the question is, did we do it alone? However, without the working of wisdom instilled within us, we would not be where we are today. We did not grow and mature without direction and different effects by those who cared and loved us in our lives.
The young ones who attended temple, sometime screaming and kicking, were influenced by teachers, ministers, Nembutsu and the Buddha’s teachings. Yes, it does take time but as time passes, we can hope they become more aware of the power of the Buddha’s compassion and wisdom. For many it is a time to explore new paths, yet we hope they find their meaning of Namu Amida Butsu. We as adults continue to share our wisdom and guidance.
Gratitude should be shared when we are strong and healthy. It is for the living. A simple gesture that is so difficult to give. This is another opportunity to look within to see our true self. We have not come this far with-out the teachings of the Buddha and the understanding of Shinran Shonin’s words. We put our palms together to share our thankfulness and gratitude for their wisdom and compassion. It can be a fine gesture on our part to share with others in gratitude for their love, compassion and shared wisdom.
In Jodo Shinshu, it is our Namu Amida Butsu that communicates. Yet, it is through our hearts and minds that we must learn to express this gratitude. It is the actual verbal communication of saying “thank you” for all that has been given. It is when we are alive, healthy and strong that we share our gratitude. It is in the now, the present and the moment.
Let us not wait but search within to see what was always shared and given. If we can let go of our egos and our conceit and think “outside the box”, we would be able to discover the many wonders and actions of those who loved us, “just as we are”. Gassho.
Gassho Rev. Seijo Naomi Nakano
6996 Ontario Rd., San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
Res. Minister: Rev. Naomi Seijo Nakano
Today I choose to live with gratitude
For the love that fills my heart, the peace
That rest within my spirit and the voice
Of hope that says all things are possible.
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