五蘊盛苦 (Gounjouku)

As I posted a couple days ago, Tokyo has entered into Tsuyu (a raining season). It is once a year and usually it continues for a month. It is very uncomfortable period due to the high humidity.

Today, it is sunny without raining. In addition to this weather, a typhoon is approaching from Philippines. Do you know what this mean? It means so hot and so humid. Even you are walking you easily sweat.

Today is Saturday so almost all people are adjusting in this weather wearing T-shirts, shorts, and sandals. However I am on the way to my work so I’m wearing a long sleeve shirts, jacket and black leather shoes! It is I feel I’m in a sauna.

Buddha said our life is filled with four pains and eight pains. These are a pain of birth, aging, illness, death, you meet with people you hate, you part from you love, you cannot get you want, and worldly desires blaze furiously.

The last one is 五蘊盛苦 (worldly desires blaze furiously). 五 is five. So this means we feel pain though five senses such as eyes, ears, nose, tongue, and body. Simply enough to say, we feel pain such a hot and humid weather or very cold one.

What Buddha said was true, still I miss a California weather, we cannot escape from those four pains and eight pains. That’s why we need wisdom that get rid of those pains.

Humans are great! They created a great wisdom that is a cooler.

Now I’m in the subway. I’m very comfortable because of such a great wisdom until go out.

Right Effort – Eightfold Path

The sixth element of Eightfold Path is the Right Effort. It is “正精進” in Japanese. Translating directly, this means a right diligence, devotion, or discipline.

To fulfill your discipline, you need a right custom. The power of right custom creates not only health, but also you can accumulate small successes day by day. Finally, it becomes a great success for you. This is a story that some discipline asked to his master, “Why do you have so strong mind and power of will?” Master answered “I don’t have such things. Since I don’t have those power, that’s why I always keep my right custom. Once you establish your right custom, you don’t need a strong power and will to control you. Your right custom leads you to do right things. After all, it will become as simple as you brush your teeth every day without effort. Right custom creates great works for you.

Right effort is exactly the law of cause and effect itself. You sow a seed and water it then it flowers. A good seed yields a good result, a bad seed yields a bad result. If you make good efforts, they result good fruits. It is indeed under control of the law of cause and effect. Sometimes it doesn’t give us good results in this lifetime, it is called ijyuku (異熟) “different result”.

Recently it happened to my daughter. To get a driver license, she practiced so hard and she passed the test. However due to the visa issue she couldn’t get a driver license. She was so upset about it. It seems like her efforts are wasted because she couldn’t get a good result in spite of her hard training.

Eventually this case is not rare, right? Your efforts and results are not equally transmitted in this world. But beyond this world it is always true. Your perspiration manifests always true fruit.

What is success? In this world a result is not always success for you. Instead of getting happiness through a successful result let’s think process of making effort is our success, and effort is happiness. It must be true thinking in this world.