Winter 1999 Teaching
As we enter the next Millennium, we can feel that our life is about to
change. Science and technology have begun the research that can end
hunger and disease and extend life for many or possibly an infinite
number of years.
Sakyamuni realized enlightenment through trying to escape suffering and
that is the foundation of Buddhism. The real question of the next
Millennium is whether humanity will strive to realize enlightenment if
they can live an abundant, healthy and almost infinite life. What will
be the basis for enlightenment?
If humanity has the desire to realize enlightenment and continues to
strive towards the Great Awakening of all sentient life, then true
radiant abundance can be experienced. Suffering serves a purpose, to
awaken. Let us pray that it is no longer needed in the next Millennium.
For the next Millennium let us replace suffering, as our foundation,
with the joy of knowing ones own mind, enlightenment through
Rev. Eijun Eidson
©1999 Shingon Buddhist International Institute