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THE ART OF LIVING
An Introduction to
Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism

"The time will come when all people, including those of learning, realisation and Bodhisattva, will enter on the path of Buddhahood, and the Mystic Law alone will flourish throughout the land. In that time, because all people chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo together, the wind will not beleaguer the branches or boughs, nor will the rain fall hard enough to break a cloud. The world will become as it was in the ages of Fu Hsi and Shen Nung in ancient China. Disasters will be driven from the land, and the people will be rid of misfortunes. They will also learn the art of living long, fulfilling lives." - from On Practising the Buddha's Teachings - The Major Writings of Nichiren Dashonin.

Universal myths say that a critical number of human beings can affect positive global change. The theories of Rupert Sheldrake show how patterns of activity and information within the field of life create progressive change. For example, once a crystal has been successfully crystallised in one part of the world it is much easier to crystallise in another part of the world.

The Buddhist concept of ltai Doshin (many bodies with one mind) is extremely powerful. If we are all aligned, we can change the world to a better place. From the point of view of propagation of the Mystic Law, Itai Doshin is a very important concept. In the Gosho - "The heritage of the ultimate law of life and death" - the true Buddha, Nichiren Dai Shonin states "all in all you should be like fish in water, transcending all differences between you to be of one mind - herein lies the heritage of the ultimate law of life and death."

Our Buddhism is reaching a critical point in its evolution, as we look towards the general Tozan (pilgrimage or journey to the Head Temple) on the 750th anniversary of the invocation of Nam Myoho Renge Kyo. It is like we are building the Gohonzon anew not only in our lives, but also for the life of the planet - stressing the paramount importance of the true teaching and the priesthood, all based on the Dai Gohonzon enshrined at Taisekiji.

We can link through our Nichiren Shoshu Buddhist centres around the world to chant in Itai Doshin (unity) for the propagation of the Great Law throughout the world and to protect the organisation (Hokeko) and the Three Great Secret Laws. Once we chant to the Gohonzon.