Sermon by Chief Priest Reverend Taishin Takano
Nichiren Daishonin stated :
The seven kinds of gems are listening to the true teaching,
believing it, keeping the precept, attaining peace of mind, practicing
assiduously, unselfishly devoting oneself, and forever seeking
self-improvement. The seven kinds of gems are also seven openings in our head.
Now Nichiren and his followers, who chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo are the
practitioners of the Lotus Sutra who possess the seven kinds of gems.
this quote, the Daishonin discusses the Treasure Tower (Hoto
; eleventh) chapter of the Lotus Sutra. The
Treasure Tower adorned with seven kinds of gems, which are gold, silver, lapis
lazuli, seashell, agate, pearl, and carnelian. These seven treasures are rare
gems that decorate the Treasure Tower of the Taho Buddha.
Daishonin expounds on the seven kinds of treasures of the law that are
essential in Buddhist practice.
to listen to the teachings of true Buddhism.
to take faith in the teachings upon hearing them.
the precepts:to unwaveringly embrace
to single-mindedly chant the Daimoku to the Gohonzon.
assiduously: to dedicate oneself to chanting the Daimoku and performing
devotion: to discard one's selfish attachments.
to repent of one's arrogance and laziness.
seven kinds of virtuous actions are the fundamental conditions of our Buddhist
practice. We apply these seven actions in our Buddhist practice by listening to
the Daishonin’s teachings. When we do this, we are able to strengthen our
We need the
determination and courage to chant Daimoku and Gongyo with spirit of never
begrudging our life in order to build true happiness. We need to strive in our
Buddhist practice with constant positive attitude and desire for
Daishonin also states that the seven openings in our head through which we
sense the environment—the eyes, ears, nose, and mouth, become the seven
treasures. The seven openings we possess connect with our six senses of seeing,
hearing, smelling, tasting, touching, and feeling.
The six senses
of our body are the contact points that connect life with environment. This
means that the six senses connect our mind and three thousands realms of all
phenomena. Therefore, anyone who purifies six senses can obtain the benefit of Mystic
In “Orally Transmitted Teachings”, the
Benefit is the reward as the result of
purifying the six senses.
openings are the most crucial Law of Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo in the Latter Day of
chanting sincere Daimoku, we are able to obtain seven sacred treasures, which
are far superior to gold or silver. Therefore, the benefit we receive is vast
About five years ago, we had a financial crisis
called the sub-prime problem. Lehman Brothers, which was the fourth large
investment bank in United States, came to a deadlock and they were bankrupt in
2008. The stock prices crashed, and subsequent bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers
triggered the international financial crisis. After the failure of Lehman, the
major financial banks also fell into financial crisis in a chain reaction. The
financial crisis was worsening.
One of quants in
the major bank on Wall Street quitted his jab. Quant is a financial
professional who makes use of a mathematical approach to evaluating the current
condition in the stock market. Because the most of his clients lost the huge fortune,
he severely depressed, and left the bank.
Now, he becomes
a fisherman who catches clams every day, and sells them to the restaurant in
Manhattan. He says, “When I was in the bank, even though I earned a lot of
income, I had no time to spend with my family, especially my children. Now I
can play baseball with my kids after work and can go to dinner with my wife. I
could obtain something valuable things in my life, which I could not have when
I was in the financial market. I was too greedy at that time. I am now living
days with fulfilling even thought my income become smaller.”
No matter how much we adorn
ourselves with gold, silver, and the other treasures, it is nothing more than
vanity, which lasts only during this lifetime.
High Priest, Nikken Shonin states:
chanting the Mystic Law, our sufferings turn into the benefit of attaining
enlightenment…. We are constantly achieving the benefits and decorating our
life with dignity.
(Dai Nichiren, H 14, 2-34)
The Daishonin states:
the Latter Day of the Law, no treasure tower exists other than the figures of
the men and women, who embrace the Lotus Sutra. It is the Treasure Tower adorned
with seven kinds of gems—listening to the true teaching, believing it, keeping
the precept, attaining peace of mind, practicing assiduously, unselfishly
devoting oneself, and forever seeking self-improvement.
us strive in our faith by chanting Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo, with the conviction
that we are adorning ourselves with seven kinds of gems. This is the true-life
condition of attaining enlightenment.