"In one of the oldest sutras, Suttanipata, the
Buddha preached that, "The more comfortable our life becomes, the more
convenient our life becomes, the more time passes, -- the more the human heart
becomes cold in inverse proportion."
"Today, most of the people in the advanced
countries are enjoying a level of material wealth and prosperity unprecedented
in human history. However, it is also true that without realizing the
difference between materials of happiness and happiness itself,
people today have become intoxicated with superficial affluence, allowing their
spiritual existence to degenerate."
"Self-centered philosophies tend to see the
self as absolute, and this has become the fundamental cause that has created
global problems in the 20th century."
"I firmly believe that for this irreplaceable
earth to survive in the 21st century, there is no other way but to follow the
Buddhist teaching of coexistence and symbiosis. And in order to
repay Buddha's benevolence, I intend to spare no effort to convey this teaching
of peace and equality to the whole world."
Toshihide Numata, Chairperson, Bukkyou Dendou
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