With consistent Daimoku, even for a few minutes once a day, there are many benefits to be had. As foremost, consistent Daimoku provides a grounding for us. A centering. A base, from which we may deal with those things outside of ourselves more effortlessly and effectively.
Not chanting to affect the world outside of ourselves with our Daimoku directly, but by having chanted to directly affect our own Ichinen, thereby affecting the world outside ourselves without effort beyond the Daimoku. The transformation begins and ends with ourselves.
With consistent Daimoku, the need to control our environment is progressively lessened as we realize the great control we have of ourselves.
To attempt to control our environment in spite of ourselves is futile and any control that would be had is forced, marginal and temporary at best.
Through consistent Daimoku, the control that we gradually capture of ourselves becomes apparent quickly and generally shows it’s manifestation of a certain stillness and peace.
No longer are we so quick to correct the errors of others, have the last word or even feel that craving or feeling that we so desperately need to ensure that others are considerate of our own individual life condition.
Our involuntarily organized priorities begin to change. We quickly come to realize the futility of so many things we have historically had to have in place at all times, only so that we could feel emotionally stable and balanced.
Through consistent Daimoku, our reactions to those things outside of ourselves radically change. Often by being comfortable with the conscientious choice of not responding. Something we would have been unable to do previously.
And with every day of consistent Daimoku these abilities increase involuntarily without any effort outside the Daimoku we practice each and every day.
Our self-appreciation, respect and peace of mind permeate our days to the point at which we feel less and less scattered, distracted or overwhelmed.
It is a state of mind that surpasses the insecure need to understand. Understanding is nothing more than a measurement we apply to our environment. For instance, if we were to be insulted. Perhaps a slight from someone that would infuriate us, hurt our feelings and what’s more, possibly be something we would carry with us for an indefinite period of time. Yet when we are centered and progressively gain more strength within that centering, these things affect us less and less to the point of not affecting us at all.
Not through a process of understanding, not through the necessity of even giving one thought toward a defense, but from a space of knowing. Complete self-confidence achieved by consistent Daimoku.
Invariably, I always hear of Daimoku experiences, at least here in the United States, as being more of an incantation to produce results in one’s outside environment. Chanting regarding one’s or another’s health and or happiness. Chanting for a promotion or social problem at work. These things being chanted for as though all one would really need to do is go to the racetrack and chant for their favorite horse to come in first.
This way of practicing Daimoku requires the most conscientious steadfastness and is really only a reiteration of one’s environment outside of themselves.
Daimoku practiced to only avail themselves to the Mystic Law is only ridden with the efforts of chanting, patience and perhaps more arduous, fostering one’s faith to know that from nothing more than their own Ichinen, they can effectively and precisely make even their most daring dreams come true with eternal permanence.
By chanting to Gohonzon daily with reverence and an open mind is to practice a type of centering meditation of sorts.
The realization of mutual possession will become increasingly apparent. The realization will continually grow and so much so that everything you desire is obtainable because you already have the means. For it is the intangible benefits of Daimoku that bring forth the tangible benefits. It is our Ichinen that brings opportunities to us on a silver platter.
With consistent Daimoku chanted from a space of faith in the Gohonzon that is etched upon your heart, your Ichinen will transform and as it does, so will your environment. More than you can imagine.