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Re: Re: How And Why All Beings Exist..Life And It's Environment

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Posted by Glenn on November 13, 2000 06:39:13 UTC

You wrote: To know God. God is beyond all things. We could never imagine how beautiful God is, as our current knowledge is very very very limited. Without limitation, we'll never know God. That's why we here.



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Okay, that's u reason out. It's because God made it so and blah! blah!..... and it stop only there without any any reason.For me, that is still a BIG question me. Buddhism provides us a satisfactory explanation as it it extends to as vast as the universe. I don't think there is no reason why we exist. The "Mystic law" is the source of all physical and spiritual of all life-phenomena. It is inherent nature to the whole cosmos. Our mother Earth gave us life for our sustainance of our living and without the Earth do u think we exist. I don't think so.
The answer is that relationship of Life and it's enivironment are one and inseparable. It is the Buddhist principle.Nicheren Daishonin said : The world is objective environment; the sentient beings are subjective existence. For example if the objective is a shadow, the subjective is the body. If there is no objective existence, there is no objective environment. Just there is no entity without the form, color, and extension is space, so life cannot exist without an environment. In other words, where there is an environment there is life within it and both of it is the manifestation of MYSTIC LAW.Nicheren said " When the time is right and the condition is perfect life will emerged " in the form of it's actuality in the phenomenal world.
(I had already explain the meaning of MYSTIC LAW, so much better if u read my previous post)

Buddhism teaches that all life is interrelated. Through the concept of "dependent origination," Buddhism holds that nothing exists in isolation, independent of other life. It means " arising in relation." In other words, all beings and phenomena exist or occur only because of their relationship with other beings or phenomena. Everything in the world comes into existence in response to causes and conditions. Nothing can exist in absolute independence of other things or arise of their own accord.

Shakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism in India, used the image of two bundles of reeds leaning against each other to explain dependent origination. He described how the two bundles of reeds can remain standing as long as they lean against each other. In the same way, because this exists, that exists, and because that exists, this exists. If one of the two bundles is removed, then the other will fall. Similarly, without this existence, that cannot exist, and without that existence, this cannot exist.

At its essence, this interconnectedness transcends passivity and is dynamic, holistic and generated from within. More specifically, Buddhism teaches that our lives are constantly a synergy of the internal causes within our own life (our personality, experiences, outlook on life and so on) and the external conditions and relations around us. Each individual existence contributes to creating the environment which sustains all other existences. All things, mutually supportive and related, form a living cosmos, a single living whole.

When we realize the extent of the myriad interconnections which link us to all other life, we realize that our existence only becomes meaningful through interaction with, and in relation to, others. By engaging ourselves with others, our identity is developed, established and enhanced. We then understand that it is impossible to build our own happiness on the unhappiness of others. We also see that our constructive actions can positively affect the world around us. As Nichiren wrote, "That which you give to another will become your own sustenance; if you light a lamp for another, your own way will be lit." (Gosho Zenshu, p. 1598)

There is an intimate, mutual interconnection in the web of nature, in the relationship between humankind and its environment--and also between the individual and society, parents and children, and husband and wife.

If as individuals we can embrace the view that "because of that, this exists," or, in other words, "because of that person, I can develop," then we need never experience pointless conflicts in human relations. For instance, in the case of a young married couple, their present existence is deeply connected to their relationship--regardless of how positive or negative--with each other and with their respective in-laws. A person who realizes this interconnectedness can turn everything, both good and bad, into an impetus for personal growth.

Buddhism teaches that we "choose" the family and societal circumstances into which we are born to learn and grow and to be able to fulfill our unique role and respective mission in life.


On a deeper level, we are connected and related not just to those physically close to us, but to every living being. If we can realize this, feelings of loneliness and isolation, which cause so much suffering, begin to vanish, as we realize that we are part of a dynamic, mutually interconnected whole.

As Daisaku Ikeda has written, an understanding of the interconnectedness of all life can lead to a more peaceful world:

"The Buddhist principle of dependent origination reflects a cosmology in which all human and natural phenomena come into existence within a matrix of interrelatedness. Thus we are urged to respect the uniqueness of each existence which supports and nourishes all within the larger, living whole.

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