“What matters most is that we honor the Buddha’s words. As a rule, people in the world value what is distant and despise what is near, but this is the conduct of the ignorant. Even the distant should be repudiated if it is wrong, while what is near should not be discarded if it accords with the truth.” –Nichiren
I am reminded of how often times I am taken over by “the grass is always greener on the other side” effect. More often than I’d like to admit, I have cast away the treasures in my present eagerly yearning for this or that in the far off distance. And, like a child in a toy store, I want and want and want until that thing I’ve wanted so badly eventually becomes mine. But, with the challenge being over I cast it to the side with all the others looking far off once again to what is distant with the eager eyes of an insatiable child.
How many of us live like this? How many of us are unable to appreciate what we have right now?
This experience is one from living in the world of hunger. It is a form of suffering in which we base our happiness on external factors which are often out of our control. The world of hunger is one of the lowest worlds being just one step above the world of hell. There are ten worlds in total. The first nine worlds in order are the world of hell, hunger, animality, anger, humanity, heaven, voice-hearers, cause-awakened ones, and the world of bodhisattva.
“Buddhahood is the most difficult to demonstrate. But since you possess the other nine worlds, you should believe that you have Buddhahood as well. Do not permit yourself to have doubts. Expounding on the human world, the Lotus Sutra says: The Buddhas wish to open the door of Buddha wisdom to all living beings. That ordinary people born in the latter age can believe in the Lotus Sutra is due to the fact that the world of Buddhahood is present in the human world.” -Nichiren
And so, I chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo to tap into my Buddha nature, and it is there that I find peace.