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Part 1: A world of co-existence and co-prosperity where we support and make the most of each other.

Padma, the land of earthly paradise far outside of this world that I, Saikobo Jokai, once visited. The Buddha’s Earth, which is the foundation for all of the “Great Nyorai Zo Sacred Biographies” shared there.

It is the earth of the teaching that Shakyamuni, the beginner of the Buddhism explained. Shakyamuni, the awaken, which is Buddha, appeared in this world, planted the Buddha’s seed (an expression that compares the Buddha’s teaching to a seed) on this earth that was originally empty, cultivated and watered the earth, and produced the magnificent white lotus flower that is Buddhism.

Buddha's earth. On this earth, various flowers of Buddha Dharma are blooming. The Four Sacred Truths and the teaching of non-self. And the six kinds of human relationships in the Three Treasures of Refuge. The Buddhist way of mind in daily life, and repaying the four favors with the ten kinds of good deeds. In Padma, the land of paradise on earth, the flower of these teachings first bloomed on the earth, and it has been handed down to the present as the Buddha's earth.

What this Buddha built on this earth is the paradise Jodo of Kegon which connects every being and aims for co-existence and co-prosperity.

The world that connects every being and aims for co-existence and co-prosperity. It is the lotus storehouse world. It was the Buddha, the Great Compassionate Buddha, who created this world. This Buddha, who once called himself Karuna, encountered Vairocana Buddha, who taught the Hua Yan teachings, and taking refuge in his teachings, he took the name of Mahavairocana Bodhisattva.

Various Buddhas and Bodhisattvas appeared on the earth cultivated by the Buddha.
One of them was Vairocana Buddha, who taught the people the Hua Yan teachings.

Vairocana-Buddha
Among those who heard the teaching was a king of a certain country named Karuna.
He was greatly impressed by the teaching and took refuge in Vairocana Buddha with hesitation. He vowed in his heart to live as “bodhisattva”, a person who lives with and supports all things, and the took the name “Mahavairocana Bodhisattva”.

And Mahavairocana Bodhisattva tried to unite his country with the Hua Yan teaching.

Aiming for the realization of the world of co-existence and co-prosperity that all lives support each and make use of each other in the world implied in the lotus flower.

The teachings of Kegon sect are the teachings that connect all things in this world and aim for co-existence and co-prosperity with the teaching that “every thing is supporting each other and making use of each other and creating one peaceful world together” the support.

Every thing is supporting each other and making use of each other and creating one peaceful world together. When the connection of good doings generated in this world, everything becomes at ease by the good doings and the whole world becomes at ease.

This diagram shows that humans, mountains, rivers, plants, birds, animals, fish, shellfish, and all other beings support each other by their good deeds and make use of each other to create one peaceful world together.

・Each thing is supporting each other and making use of each other and creating one peaceful world together.
・All world existing in this world are one big world of connection built on a very diverse range of relationships of mutual support and mutual use (the connections between people and people, between things and things, and between people and things).
・And one big world of relationships created by a lot of relationships is supporting a lot of relationships evenly and is at the same time supported by a lot of relationships.

Come to think of it, at the inn for travelers called “My House of Rest” in Padma, which this I, Saikobo Jokai, once visited, there was a world truly bound together by the teachings of Kegon.

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Let’s say the person who ran the inn, Mr. Kou.

The inn run by Mr. Kou is by no means the result of Mr. Kou’s efforts alone. Various people are supporting each other from their standing points and making use of each other and creating one peaceful world which is the travelers’ inn called “My House of Rest” together.

The fellows who work in the inn, the people who deliver items to the inn, and a lot of customers who come to the inn and so on. Only when such people are present can the inn, as an inn, be able to host life for the first time.

The way people are connected to each other like a circle
The traveler’s inn run by Mr. Kou is one big world of connections, established on the basis of a variety of relationships of mutual support and mutual utilization. And the one big world of connections, the inn called “My House of Rest” created by a lot of relationships is helping many people who support Kou’s inn evenly at the same time.

Those who work at the inn are given a place to work and a sum of money (given by various people) to live on, and those who deliver goods to the inn are given a symbiotic relationship with Kou’s inn through their work as transporters. And a lot of customers who come to the inn spend a peaceful time of their own.

In this way, Kou’s inn, “My House of Rest”, has long been a popular place for people to stay.

People live in such a way that they give each other the power to live and support each other without being aware of it. We are connected to each other with the teachings of Kegon as our rope.

The way people are connected to each other like a circle

Everything in this world is supporting each other, making use of each other, and creating one peaceful world together. To say this another word, all things connect each other and live now of co-existence and co-prosperity.

The peaceful paradise world where everything connects each other, making use of each other thus creating co-existence and co-prosperity. In Kegon sect, they call and respect such a world as the lotus storehouse Jodo.

Continue to the latter part: “Padma, the lotus storehouse world”.

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