Treasures Of The Heart

“No matter how ill you are, if you put chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo first and value every moment of your life, you will be able to savor the amrita of the boundless joy of the Law and accumulate indestructible treasures of the heart.  Moreover, all the treasures of the heart that you have already accrued in your life thus far will also endure forever.  Whereas the so-called treasures of the storehouse and treasures of the body are limited to this existence, the treasures of the heart are never lost or destroyed.  They endure eternally.”  -Daisaku Ikeda

Treasures of the storehouse refers to material wealth.  Examples might include your house, expensive jewelry, bank accounts, and retirement fund.  Since treasures of the storehouse are apt to change and fluctuation, basing one’s happiness on these treasures can cause a good deal of suffering.

More valuable than the storehouse are treasures of the body which refers to one’s physical health and education, knowledge, skills, or abilities.  Treasures here might also include fame, social standing, or place in society.  Although such attributes are more stable, they too can change and cause suffering especially if one’s wish for such treasures are never satiated.  For some, the need for more and more and more is their constant companion and the world of hunger a dwelling place.

But the most valuable of all are the treasures of one’s heart.  Treasures of the heart relate to your spiritual capabilities like having self-control and developing wisdom as well as a solid sense of self.  Having a warm and welcoming personality, compassion, empathy, generosity, appreciation, family, and friendship are all considered treasures of the heart.  I see treasures of the heart as being one’s ability to develop into a good and well-rounded person who genuinely shows concern for the welfare of others.  Such treasures are at the very core of your being and less susceptible to change or want.

“Ultimately, treasures of the heart mean the strength, wisdom and good fortune not to be done in by desires and suffering. It indicates the condition of Buddhahood potential within us, which we aim to bring forth and develop through Buddhist practice. And when we become rich in treasures of the heart, on that basis we also enrich our treasures of the storehouse and treasures of the body. In fact, we gain the ability to use these other two treasures to enhance our happiness and that of others.”  –Living Buddhism, July 1999, p.5

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4 Comments

  1. I was just contemplating this very issue yesterday on my hour drive home from a challenging day at work. Treasures of the Heart–it’s amazing that when one adds to this storehouse, all the other storehouses seem to be filled to the heart’s contentment. Thanks for another wonderful post.

  2. So true! The treasures of the heart are fueled by love and God is Love

    4 Love is kind and patient,
    never jealous, boastful,
    proud, or 5 rude.
    Love isn’t selfish
    or quick tempered.
    It doesn’t keep a record
    of wrongs that others do.
    6 Love rejoices in the truth,
    but not in evil.
    7 Love is always supportive,
    loyal, hopeful,
    and trusting.
    8 Love never fails!

    1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Contemporary English Version

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