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Modern
 
Meditations:
 
 A
 
Buddhist 
 
Sampler
 
by
 
Nichiko
 
Niwano
 
1
 
These
 
are
 
extracts
 
 from
 
the
 
book 
 
Modern
 
Meditations
 
in
 
which
 
Rev.
 
Nichiko
 
Niwano,
 
 president 
 
of 
 
Rissho
 
Kosei
-
kai,
 
offers
 
valuable
 
advice
 
on
 
the
 
 problems
 
a
 
 practicing
 
Buddhist 
 
encounters
 
in
 
attempting
 
to
 
live
 
a
 
religious
 
life
 
in
 
a
 
secular 
 
world.
 
PROLOGUE
 
When
 
we
 
try
 
to
 
imagine
 
what
 
our
 
world
 
will
 
be
 
like
 
in
 
the
 
future,
 
we
 
tend
 
to
 
have
 
grand
 
dreams
 
and
 
hopes.
 
We
 
wonder
 
how
 
society
 
will
 
change,
 
what
 
daily
 
life
 
will
 
be
 
like.
 
Yet
 
as
 
we
 
see
 
from
 
the
 
fast
 
pace
 
of 
 
life
 
today,
 
society
 
is
 
already
 
undergoing
 
a
 
dizzying
 
transformation.
 
We
 
recently
 
greeted
 
the
 
arrival
 
of 
 
the
 
twenty
first
 
century.
 
We
 
know
 
that
 
the
 
dawn
 
of 
 
a
 
new
 
century
 
does
 
not
 
mean
 
that
 
the
 
world
 
will
 
greatly
 
change,
 
but
 
still
 
we
 
cannot
 
help
 
hoping
 
the
 
future
 
will
 
be
 
brighter.
 
When
 
we
 
look
 
around
 
us
 
today,
 
however,
 
we
 
see
 
a
 
world
 
plagued
 
by
 
destruction
 
of 
 
the
 
natural
 
environment,
 
acid
 
rain,
 
an
 
increase
 
in
 
atmospheric
 
carbon
 
dioxide
 
and
 
other
 
gases
 
creating
 
the
 
greenhouse
 
effect,
 
a
 
worsening
 
population
 
explosion,
 
the
 
depletion
 
of 
 
our
 
fossil
 
fuel
 
resources,
 
and
 
the
 
arms
 
race.
 
The
 
bright
 
future
 
that
 
we
 
envision
 
is
 
dimmed
 
by
 
these
 
perilous
 
conditions
 
that
 
spell
 
danger
 
not
 
only
 
for
 
the
 
human
 
race
 
but
 
also
 
for
 
our
 
planet
 
itself,
 
and
 
we
 
are
 
forced
 
to
 
contemplate
 
a
 
bleaker
 
future.
 
Scientific
 
progress
 
has
 
improved
 
our
 
quality
 
of 
 
life,
 
making
 
it
 
more
 
pleasant
 
and
 
convenient.
 
Yet
 
our
 
incessant
 
desires
 
drive
 
us
 
in
 
pursuit
 
of 
 
even
 
greater
 
pleasure
 
and
 
convenience,
 
and
 
we
 
are
 
now
 
about
 
to
 
permanently
 
damage
 
the
 
global
 
environment,
 
on
 
which
 
our
 
very
 
survival
 
depends.
 
Many
 
countries
 
are
 
adopting
 
measures
 
to
 
protect
 
the
 
environment,
 
such
 
as
 
developing
 
technologies
 
to
 
prevent
 
pollution
 
and
 
undertaking
 
projects
 
to
 
arrest
 
desertification.
 
But
 
destruction
 
of 
 
the
 
environment
 
is
 
proceeding
 
faster
 
than
 
we
 
imagine,
 
and
 
the
 
problems
 
besetting
 
our
 
environment
 
are
 
more
 
serious
 
than
 
we
 
think.
 
When
 
we
 
trace
 
environmental
 
problems
 
to
 
their
 
source,
 
we
 
always
 
come
 
to
 
the
 
way
 
in
 
which
 
people
 
live.
 
In
 
that
 
it
 
teaches
 
us
 
to
 
live
 
in
 
a
 
way
 
that
 
allows
 
us
 
to
 
solve
 
these
 
problems,
 
religion
 
will
 
play
 
a
 
vital
 
role
 
in
 
the
 
future.
 
To
 
live
 
in
 
harmony
 
with
 
nature,
 
it
 
is
 
important
 
that
 
we
 
accept
 
the
 
universal
 
truths
 
that
 
are
 
acknowledged
 
by
 
all
 
religions
 
and
 
follow
 
the
 
teaching
 
of 
 
the
 
historical
 
Buddha,
 
Shakyamuni,
 
that
 
we
 
should
 
be
 
satisfied
 
with
 
little.
 
When
 
every
 
member
 
of 
 
the
 
human
 
race
 
recognizes
 
this,
 
the
 
global
 
environment
 
will
 
be
 
preserved
 
in
 
true
 
harmony
 
and
 
a
 
peaceful
 
world
 
supported
 
by
 
trust
 
will
 
be
 
built.
 
That
 
is
 
why
 
the
 
twenty
first
 
century
 
is
 
expected
 
to
 
be
 
a
 
century
 
of 
 
religion,
 
in
 
which
 
the
 
task
 
of 
 
consoling
 
and
 
comforting
 
those
 
who
 
suffer
 
will
 
fall
 
to
 
religious
 
believers.
 
The
 
universal
 
truths
 
that
 
Buddhism
 
teaches
 
as
 
guides
 
for
 
living
 
can
 
be
 
summed
 
up
 
in
 
the
 
two
 
statements
 
"All
 
things
 
are
 
impermanent"
 
and
 
"All
 
things
 
are
 
interrelated."
 
The
 
tenets
 
of 
 
Buddhism
 
can
 
also
 
be
 
epitomized
 
as
 
teachings
 
on
 
life
 
and
 
death
‐‐
the
 
unalterable
 
reality
 
that
 
everything
 
that
 
lives
 
must
 
die.
 
In
 
his
 
great
 
compassion,
 
the
 
Buddha
 
teaches
 
us
 
to
 
live
 
our
 
lives
 
in
 
a
 
meaningful
 
way,
 
so
 
that
 
we
 
regret
 
nothing.
 
The
 
way
 
we
 
go
 
about
 
living
 
differs
 
according
 
to
 
whether
 
we
 
truly
 
consider
 
the
 
meaning
 
of 
 
life
 
and
 
death
 
or
 
ignore
 
it;
 
thus
 
our
 
lives
 
naturally
 
differ,
 
too.
 
If 
 
we
 
think
 
deeply
 
about
 
life
 
and
 
death,
 
we
 
realize
 
that
 
our
 
own
 
existence
 
is
 
the
 
product
 
of 
 
an
 
immeasurable
 
chain
 
of 
 
ancestors
 
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