The Cultivation of the Three Mysteries.
When we speak of practicing the Buddha?s teaching, we are speaking
of three things.
1.When we do gassho or put our hands together in front of an image
or picture of a Buddha, this is called "the mystery of our bodies?
2.When we recite Mantras, this is called "the mystery of one?s
3.When we meditate or think about the Buddhas, this is called
"the mystery of the mind" (I mitsu).
These three mysteries together are called (Sanmitsu), and it is
our task to make these "Three Mysteries" real in our lives.
What does it mean to make these "Three Mysteries" real in our
daily lives? This means that we should act in a manner so that
we do not do any bad actions which harm, or even inconvenience
anyone else. It means that we should not use harmful speech
or spread gossip and rumors, and it means that we should not have
wrong views. This means that we should realize that all of our
actions that we do from the moment that we wake up in the morning
until we fall asleep at night, are all actions of the Buddha himself.
All of the words that we speak to other people are the words
of the Buddha himself, and the very thoughts that we have both
day and night, are the very thoughts of the Buddha himself. If
we are able to perfectly possess in ourselves these Three Mysteries,
then we shall possess in our very own lives, all of the qualities
of a Buddha. When we are able to discover and to realize, in
a perfect manner, we have all of the qualities of a Buddha in
our lives. This condition is called "attaining Buddhahood in
this very life" (Sokushin Jobutsu) in the Shingon Tradition.
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