In the movie, “WHY LIVE,” Master Rennyo taught, “When we are taken aboard the Vow-ship, in the same instant our life of suffering is completely transformed to a life of happiness.” What does it mean?
In the webinar on April 30, we learned the clear difference between relative happiness and absolute happiness.
Absolute Happiness – Our Awful Mind Does Not Change At All
Toyama, Hiroaki Kondo
Relative happiness is the kind of happiness we feel through making comparisons with others. When we see the happiness of others, we feel unhappy; when we see the unhappiness of others, we feel happy. In Buddhism, it is taught that "bad causes produce bad effects." Finding joy in others’ unhappiness is planting bad seeds, and these bad seeds produce bad results for ourselves. Because of this, we lose our hard-earned happiness. In this way, we are unable to escape from a life of suffering.
The more deeply I look into my mind, the more horrified I feel. “Unless this mind changes, it is impossible for me to attain true happiness. This horrible mind will surely change if I attain absolute happiness.” This is what I think.
However, Master Shinran made crystal clear that we can attain absolute happiness even though our awful mind does not change at all. He says, "I do not have an ounce of truth, completely lacking a mind of purity. My evil nature knows no end and my mind is like a venomous snake or scorpion. Even though I do not know good from evil or right from wrong, I am full of desire for honor."
We cannot understand absolute happiness with our common sense. In the movie WHY LIVE, this wondrous happiness is taught as follows: “Our life of suffering is completely transformed to a life of happiness.”