What I want to talk with you about today is religion, good religion. As you know I’m a Lotus Sutra Buddhist who believes in the Mystic Law. It works for me. We believe in equal-rights and peace, I’m down with that. I’m a member of the Soka Gakai and our first president died in a Japanese prison for refusing to fight in WWII. After the devastation of the nuclear bombs dropped on Japan in WWII, the Soka Gakai took a stance against nuclear weapons, and our current president has cornered the world talking with leaders about disarming all nukes. And if that isn’t enough, we are proud of our diversity which includes all nationalities and LGBTQ groups as well. So don’t expect a room filled with Asian monks in orange and yellow robes, it’s not that kind of Buddhism.
We believe there is a Mystic Law taught by Shakyamuni, the original Buddha, over 2500 years ago. This law is nothing new, in a lot of ways it is similar to the positive message you see on The Secret TV series; only our transformation isn’t just a feel-good-for-a-few hours movie, it is a way of life. We chant the Mystic Law twice a day, and for me, this has changed my life.
So this is how I’m avoiding the news of President Trump and Mitch McConnell. Instead of letting their bigot, hypocritical ways bug me, I chant that they will come to find the Buddha within them and begin working for world peace, equal rights, and social justice. I really think they can change for the better.
So I’m still avoiding the Trump madness by focusing on better things, better people, better days to come. In doing so I have been hitting my Buddhist studies hard. Today’s instruction is from the “Rainbow of Hope” chapter in The Human Revolution.
No matter how deep the darkness (Trump), no matter how fiercely the winds (Republican Enablers) blow, I hope you will keep a rainbow of hope in your hearts and advance in high and indomitable spirits. A rainbow is a symbol of hope, ideals and lofty intentions. And faith is the source of all of these. Okay, I know what you’re thinking “What kind of Buddhism is that?” To which I say, “It is both kinds, Country and Western (sorry, I knew one day I would find a place to use one of my favorite Blues Brothers quotes in my blog). Seriously, the writing I just referenced (without the parenthetical additions of Trump and Republican Enablers added) is from Nichiren Daishonin which you might know of us as Nichiren Buddhism. We chant to a Gohonzon, which serves as a mirror to reflect and draw forth our Buddha existence, for we are all Buddhas. You see, boys and girls, the Buddha does not exist in some far distant place but is in us, we are all Buddhas waiting to become ourselves, fulfilled, self actualized (if I might steal a phrase from “I’m Okay – You’re Okay” not to be confused with today’s Donald Trump version which is called “I”m Okay – You’re Nuts”), but I digress.
Of course, the importance of a rainbow doesn’t belong to the Nichiren Buddhist, in Hindu for instance, the rainbow was used as a bow by Indra the god of thunder and war who shoots arrows of lightning at his enemies. Pre-Islamic Arabic culture also believed the rainbow to be a divine bow for firing arrows of lightning. For the Chinese, however, it was a crack in the sky made by colored stones cast by the mother goddess Nüwa. Modern uses of the rainbow have everything to do with peace and love and not war. The rainbow coalitionist was a liberal wing of the Democrat party back in the 80’s led by Reverend Jessie Jackson when he ran for president acknowledging our similarities as opposed to our divisive differences so often pointed out by Donald Trump. Then, there is today’s rainbow flag which is used by the LGBTQ as a symbol of pride.
Yes, the rainbow is a great symbol for love and peace and it should be no surprise that a double rainbow was seen in the sky over Washington DC as Representative John Lewis was resting in the rotunda.
Rainbow Over Washing DC as John Lewis was in the rotunda… not an accident.
John Lewis was a kind, loving man who believed in equality for all. Trump is his exact opposite. Need I say more.
Okay, so I guess you know by now I am really, really, really, really, really trying to avoid talking about the Donald Trump America. This past weekend I hit the Buddhist teachings hard, I even made a Buddhist Positive Thinking Video which I am watching instead of the news. I mean, it is so depressing to know there are so many haters in the US. What they don’t get is that they aren’t the solution, they are the problem and we, the lovers of truth and equality are far more numerous. The reason they are so upset now is that we are all finally standing up and saying “Enough is F**king Enough!” Just look at these bizarre examples of their craziness:
There is so much wrong in the US right now I need to focus on something else; something other than how Donald Trump now wants to ban the Chinese TikTok application in the US because they keep making fun of him; something other than how Trump’s Press Secretary said “blame the Democrats” when asked about the $600 addition to our unemployment checks that just ended because the Republicans don’t want to fund it; something other than how our Social Security benefits have been cut again by the Republicans and it doesn’t even make the evening news. No, I needed something else to think about so I hit my Buddhist studies hard and came away with this:
Dedicating our lives to the Buddha’s teachings means taking on the struggle inherent in the “threefold transformation of the land“: the struggle to fundamentally transform society — a place afflicted by the three poisons of greed, anger, and foolishness. I also remembered that suffering idiots like Trump and the Republicans is a blessing for out of suffering comes enlightenment:
Enlightenment to vote Democrat this time.
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