Japanese way of thinking
Japanese way of thinking
Buddhism is relativism.
Question without answer
Zen, a part of Buddhism, has strange way of religious training. It's Koan.
A master gives a pupil some questions. The questions don't have any answer. Saying exactly, they cannot be answered with common sense, because they have contradiction in themselves. The pupil should get over himself. That is the high level of religious consciousness.
In fact, Japanese like that thinking. We often say, "It is wrong to think there is only one correct answer. There are some solutions, that is the reality."
Right and wrong
You may ask, "Are there any kind of right? Right must be one."
OK. Right is right. By the way, in a war both countries say, "We are right and justice!" Are there two justice?
Buddhism think so. Right or justice is relative. The justice for me may be different from the justice for you. Buddhism don't tell the absolute right or justice. Buddhism say, "It is wrong to think we are right."
You know? Japanese like the thinking. We often say, "You think you are right. It is stupid. There are some justices for each perspective. Be clever."
Buddha don't punish anybody.
You may ask, "If right and justice are relative, isn't Buddha punish bad people?" Perhaps the answer is "Yes."
Japanese think Buddha is ultimately gentle. Japanese say, "He or she has Buddha's face." meaning he or she is usually gentle without anger. Japanese say, "Buddha bears three times." meaning that Buddha allows the same failures three times. That means that if a person made the same failures four times, he or she is fool. Japanese allow three times. In three failure, we should learn and improve.
Japanese think Buddha don't punish anybody but ask everybody to live well.
What do diversity bring?
Buddhism has many Buddha. Does that sounds strange? Most Japanese don't think so.
Diversity is not vague. Diversity means that everything is OK.
If I say, "Everything is all right," Japanese say, "You are wise like Buddha." Japanese don't like only one justice. But in daily life we take so many mistakes. We think they are caused that we have partial perspective.
We don't like "No".
We are thought that we don't say "Yes" or "No".
Everything caused by its cause, not by right or wrong. We think it is strange we can say yes or no. Japanese are not too shy to say yes or no. Japanese don't say yes or no because we think yes or no is not reality.
Nothing stands still.
Thinking on the law of cause and effect, we know everything is changing. In the world nothing stands still, nothing can exist without changing.
People think this suffering will continue eternally or this happiness will continue eternally. Everything changes. In Japan we have four seasons. Warm spring surely comes after cold winter. Hot summer surely comes after spring. Cool autumn surely comes after summer. And many trees get off leaves and winter comes. This process will not change forever. But this spring is not the same as the last spring. Japanese know that.
Japanese say, "You are sad. I feel your sad. But you sadness will not be for a long time. Spring comes after winter."
Buddha is the law of cause and effect.
Buddhism is a strange religion. I have described in the last article. Most Japanese don't think so. But other countries' people may think so.
Many Japanese may not think if Buddhism is a religion. Buddha don't help us as God, but Buddha don't punish us as God. What is Buddha? I think, Buddha is not an existence. Buddha is the law of cause and effect. So, Buddha is the law, not an existence. This description may be near the sense of Japanese.
We pray to Buddha, but we should do by ourselves. Everything does not depend on Buddha. Everything depends on myself.
Japanese say, "Buddha helps who works hard. Hard work surely makes good effect. Only you can make your good fortune."