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The Winning Life


									The Winning Life
An Introduction to Buddhist Practice

                       The Process
The Process

We do not need to
understand exactly how
this Buddhism works
before we can make use
of it to our advantage.
Though we cannot see
the law of gravity, we can
attest to its existence.
Eternity of Life

 Some religions
 teach that we live
 only one lifetime,
 and when we die,
 we go permanently
 to heaven or hell.
 Eternity of Life

In Buddhism, one’s
life or essence has no
beginning or end. We
live many lifetimes,
repeating the cycle of
birth and death. Like
going to sleep at night,
we refresh our bodies
and wake up anew.
Eternity of Life

 Everything we’ve done until this moment
 adds up to who we are. This is the law of
 cause and effect in action, this is Karma.
Eternity of Life

Karma is like a bank for our thoughts, deeds,
and actions (causes) until, when our lives
meet the right environmental conditions, we
experience the results (effect).
Eternity of Life

As we live our lives (making causes), effects
reside within us, and when we die, those
effects dictate the circumstances of our birth
in the next life.
Eternity of Life

So when we are reborn, we still face the same
problems or karma from causes we have
made. This goes a long way to explaining why
people are born under such different
circumstances -- in other words, why people
have different karma.
Eternity of Life

This principle of cause and effect suggests we
can change our karma or destiny that we may
have thought unchangeable. This is the great
hope and promise offered by Buddhist practice.
The Ten Worlds

One way that Buddhism explains
life is through a concept known as
“The Ten Worlds."
The Ten Worlds

These are ten states, or conditions,
of life that we experience within
ourselves and are then manifested
throughout all aspects of our lives.
The Ten Worlds
      6 paths or lower worlds

Of ‘the Ten Worlds’, the
worlds of Hell, Hunger,
Animality, Anger, Tranquility
and Rapture are considered
the 6 paths, or lower worlds.
The Ten Worlds
      6 paths or lower worlds

They are considered the lower
worlds because the emergence
or disappearance of these life
states are governed by external
The Ten Worlds
      6 paths or lower worlds

When we recognize that
everything experienced in
the 6 lower worlds is
impermanent, we begin to
seek some lasting truth.
The Ten Worlds
       4 noble paths or worlds

Unlike the 6 paths, which are
passive reactions to the
environment, the four noble
worlds of Learning, Realization,
Bodhisattva, and Buddahood are
achieved through deliberate effort.
Mutual Possession of
  the Ten Worlds

In Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism, all Ten
Worlds are viewed as conditions of life that
all people have the potential to experience.
Mutual Possession of
  the Ten Worlds

At any moment, one of the ten will manifest
 while the other nine remain dormant, but
  there is always the potential for change.
Mutual Possession of
  the Ten Worlds

All of us have particular worlds around which
our life-activities usually center and to which
we tend to revert when external stimuli arise.
 Mutual Possession of
   the Ten Worlds

The purpose of Buddhist practice is to elevate
this basic life-tendency and eventually establish
Buddhahood as one’s fundamental state of life.
Mutual Possession of
  the Ten Worlds

When our lives are based on the life-
tendency of Buddhahood, the other nine
worlds will be harmonized and function to
benefit both ourselves and those around us.
The Oneness of Life and
   Its Environment

              The principle of the
              oneness of life and its
              environment describes the
              inseparable relationship of
              the individual and their
The Oneness of Life and
   Its Environment

               The effects of one’s
               karma, both good and
               bad, manifest themselves
               both in one’s self and in
               the environment, because
               these are two integral
               phases of the same entity.
The Oneness of Life and
   Its Environment
               From this standpoint,
               our life is not confined to
               ourselves, but exerts an
               influence on our families,
               communities, nations,
               and ultimately all
The Oneness of Life and
   Its Environment

Since both life and its
environment are one,
whichever of the Ten
Worlds an individual
manifests internally will
be mirrored in his or
her environment.
The Oneness of Life and
   Its Environment

A person in the state of hell
will perceive the environment
to be hellish, while a person
in the world of animality will
perceive the same
environment as a jungle
where only the strong survive.
The Oneness of Life and
   Its Environment

Wherever we are, under
whatever circumstances, we
can bring forth our innate
Buddhahood through the
Buddhist practice, thus
transforming our experience
of our environment into the
Buddha’s land.
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