Buddhism Day by Day: We’re Experiencing the Greater Self When we’re Open & Engaged
“When open and engaged, we are experiencing the greater self. When closed off, we are putting forth our ‘lesser self.’ The lesser self, is a deluded condition, while the greater self is synonymous with Buddha nature. To live for the greater self means to recognize the universal principle behind all things and, thus awakened, rise above the suffering caused by awareness of impermanence. A belief in something enteral is needed to enhance our quality of existence. By believing this lifetime is the be-all and end-all of existence, we will miss out on living a truly profound life. When our view-point expands beyond the boundaries of our present existence to include the entire, eternal universe, we can live deeply fulfilling lives.”
Credit Daisaku Ikeda for the quote.