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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The buddha nature of insentient being is call Nam Myoho Renge Kyo

In 2002 Singapore National Day Parade:

1)We pray for the temperature to 28 degree Centigrade, no wind because we are running around with strings of helium balloons, it will be disasters when it entangles, no rain.
All our prayers were answered as what we prayed for in the 2002 NDP

2)In the gosho, Hei no saemon want to execute Daishonin, but unsuccessful on that night a very bright object fell down from the sky, which Daishonin prayed to the buddhist gods for protections, which scared away the soldiers who are going to execute Daishonin.

So Daishonin was exiled to Sado island to left there to died, no persons who exiled there came back alive. Even with this very harsh condition Daishonin survived. But until now, no one has ever lost his life for the sake of the Lotus Sutra. I myself was born to become a poor priest, unable fully to repay the debt of gratitude I owe to my parents and to my country. Now I will present my severed head to the Lotus Sutra and share the blessings therefrom with my parents, and with my disciples and believers, just as I have promised you." Then the four Shijo brothers, holding on to my horse's reins, went with me to Tatsunokuchi at Koshigoe.
Finally we came to a place that I knew must be the site of my execution. Indeed, the soldiers stopped and began to mill around in excitement. Shijo Kingo, in tears, said, "These are your last moments." I replied, "How thoughtless you are! You should be delighted at this great fortune. Don't you remember your promise?" I had no sooner said this when a brilliant orb as bright as the moon burst forth from the direction of Enoshima, shooting across the sky from southeast to northwest. It was shortly before dawn and still too dark to see anyone's face, but the radiant object clearly illuminated everyone like bright moonlight. The executioner fell on his face, his eyes blinded. The soldiers were terrified and panic-stricken. Some ran off into the distance, some jumped from their horses and knelt on the ground, and others crouched down in their saddles. I called out, "Here, why do you shrink from this miserable prisoner? Come nearer! Come closer!" But no one would approach. "What if the dawn should break? You must hasten to execute me, for you will find it unbearable to do so after sunrise." I urged them on, but they made no response.

From the gosho:

On the Buddha's Behaviour

The 3 gosho on the enlightenment of insentient being.

Answer: This is a matter that is difficult to believe and difficult to understand. T'ien-t'ai defined two points that are "difficult to believe" And "difficult to understand." One lies in the realm of the Buddha's teachings and the other in the realm of his enlightenment. In the sutras preached before the Lotus Sutra we read that adherents of the doctrines of the two vehicles and people of incorrigible disbelief are forever barred from attaining Buddhahood, and that Shakyamuni for the first time attained enlightenment in this world. However, we find that the first and second halves of the Lotus Sutra repudiate both these statements. One Buddha who says two things as opposite as fire and water -- who could believe him? This is the point "difficult to believe" And "difficult to understand" In the realm of the Buddha's teachings. The point "difficult to believe" And "difficult to understand" In the realm of his enlightenment concerns the principle of ichinen sanzen, which explains that even insentient beings possess the ten factors of life, and that they possess both material and spiritual aspects of life.
Both the Buddhist and non-Buddhist scriptures permit wooden or painted images to be used as objects of worship, but T'ien-t'ai and his followers were the first to explain the principle behind this act. If a piece of wood or paper did not have both material and spiritual aspects, or lacked the inherent cause to manifest a spiritual nature, then it would be futile to rely upon it as an object of worship.
Question: What authority do you have for stating that a plant, a tree or a land manifests cause and effect, or the ten factors?
Answer: Volume Five of the Maka Shikan says: "A land of this world also has the ten factors. Thus an evil land has appearance, nature, entity, power and so on." Volume Five of the Shakusen states: "Appearance exists only in what is material, nature exists only in what is spiritual. Entity, power, influence, and relation in principle combine both the material and the spiritual. Inherent cause and latent effect are purely spiritual; manifest effect exists only in what is material." The Kongobei-ron12 states: A plant, a tree, a pebble, a speck of dust -- each has the innate Buddha nature, along with the other causes and conditions needed to attain Buddhahood." -
From the gosho: The True Object of Worship

is for this reason that T'ien-t'ai states, "All things having color or fragrance are manifestations of the Middle Way."28 Commenting on this, Miao-lo adds, "However, although people may admit that all things having color or fragrance are manifestations of the Middle Way, they are nevertheless shocked and harbor doubts when they hear for the first time the doctrine that insentient beings possess the Buddha nature -
From the gosho: Opening the Eyes of Wooden or Painted Images.

It is the power of the Lotus Sutra that makes it possible to infuse such paintings and statues with a "soul" or spiritual property. This was the realization of the Great Teacher T'ien-t'ai. In the case of living beings, this doctrine is known as attaining Buddhahood in one's present form; in the case of painted and wooden images, it is known as the enlightenment of plants and trees. This is why [the Great Teacher Chang-an] wrote, "There has never been anything to compare to the brightness and serenity of shikan-style meditation," and why [the Great Teacher Miao-lo] stated, "They are nevertheless shocked and harbor doubts when they hear for the first time the doctrine that insentient beings possess the Buddha nature."

This Buddha of yours, however, is a living Buddha. It differs in no respect from the wooden image of the Buddha made by King Udayana, or that fashioned by King Bimbisara. Surely Bonten, Taishaku, the deities of the sun and moon, and the Four Heavenly Kings will attend you as a shadow accompanies a body and protect you always. (This is the first point I wish to make.)
From the gosho: Consecrating an Image of Shakyamuni Buddha Made by Shijo Kingo

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


The best car salesman

The #1 Car Salesperson in Japan
Sojyo Inoue, Tokyo, Japan

He has created an astonishing record in the history of car sales and was rightfully declared as the “No. 1 Car Salesperson in Japan.”  Sojyu Inoue, 60, who works in the Toyota sales office of Toranomon, Tokyo, Japan has to date, achieved an all time sales record of 5,700 units of cars.  In business of car trade, a salesperson is considered “good” if he is able to sell 48 units of cars a year.  A “very capable” salesperson would reach a target of 60 units a year.  On the average, even if one sells as many as 60 units a year, he will take up to 95 years to achieve the impressive record of 5,700 units.  Amazingly, Inoue has sold 5,700 units within a relatively short period of 30 years!

Inoue’s achievement is even more remarkable when considered in the light of market report for the year 2003.  From the trade statistics, the registration of new cars (inclusive of all passenger and small cars) in Japan was 4.3 million units in 1990.  The figure dropped to 3 million in 2000.  There was a decrease of more than 30% throughout the last decade.

Despite the odds, Inoue was able to maintain his sales record of 200 units a year and he even hit his all time high of selling more than 300 units a year.  Despite the bad times for the car market, his sales actually increased.

What was the secret of his outstanding performance?  Inoue attributed his success to the three “secrets” he held:
Setting high targets
Courage and high spirits
Prompt action and response to the situation

“When your target is low, your performance will drop.  But when your outlook is nailed at higher targets, you will set off with the determination to achieve that target.  This is very crucial.  Moreover, customers are always impressed by a salesperson who sounds encouraging and cheerful.  We are humans and would naturally love to foster pleasant human relationship.  A cheerful salesperson puts others at ease and can convince the customers.  This is human nature!”

“Apart from that, being effective is very important.  Prompt response will mirror your sincerity.  Therefore, a salesperson should maintain good rapport with the manufacturing and service divisions of the company.  Excellent human relationships will prove to be invaluable when there is an emergency or when urgent assistance is needed.”

How did Inoue develop these qualities?

“From Soka Gakkai of course!  I was determined to wholeheartedly put into practice, the guidance of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda.

During my youth, I was a Young Men’s Division chapter leader for 12 years.  Throughout this period, I fought with my entire life.”

Never Regress Even a Little

Inoue was born in Kanuma City, Tochigi Prefecture.  He took up a car maintenance and repair course from a professionally recognised institute in Tokyo.  Upon his graduation, he was employed by his present company and was assigned to the service division.

Through the introduction of a friend from his hometown, Inoue took faith in Nichiren Buddhism in 1962 when he was 19.  In 1968, being a member of the Soka Gakkai Young Men’s Division, he had the opportunity to take a commemorative photo with President Ikeda.  His dream was fulfilled in his first encounter with his mentor.  His heart burned with the passion of youth.

“After the photo-taking session, Mr. Ikeda told me that there is infinite potential in a human being.  I was convinced that as long as I had faith, my life would be geared towards a promising future.”

He resolved to be the most outstanding person in his field of endeavour.  This was the driving force that led him to become the top salesperson in Japan.

At 28, he was transferred from the service division to the sales division.  His cheerful disposition made him stand out in his job.

Every Person is Important

However, it was never easy for Inoue to juggle between his career and Soka Gakkai activities.  This is true even up to today.  However, Inoue always chants with the determination of “never retreating” as he strives to create the greatest value with his time.

A former manager of Inoue who knows him well recalls, “For an ordinary person with a typical time management skills, it is impossible to produce such excellent result on a consistent basis.  He must have utilized much more wisdom than others in using his time effectively.  These efforts were never obvious from appearance.”

Inoue’s forte is his excellent rapport with his customers.  For a typical trading business with 300 customers, it seems sensible to be able to maintain good customer service and good results, but the number of customers under Inoue’s account is over 1,500.

With only 24 hours a day, how was Inoue able to maintain good relations with his huge network of customers?

Besides discussing about cars with his customers, Inoue actually spend a lot of time discussing affairs of daily life with his customers.  Through their conversations, for instance, if he knew that his customer was not feeling well, he would recommend effective remedies that he had learned from his friends in the medical profession.  When a customer was involved in a traffic accident and faced difficulties in solving the case, he would volunteer to assist.  In short, he shows painstaking concern and care for all his customers.

Hence, his relationships with his customers are rock sturdy.  When friends or relative of customers intend to purchase a car, Inoue is the first person that would cross their minds.

Some of his earlier clients who had prospered in their business also provided Inoue with business.  Some of them purchased large quantity of cars up to 50 or 100 units from him for their companies.

“To me, this is the manifestation of the outlook that “each person is equally important” as taught in Soka Gakkai.”

In the office where Inoue worked, there was one particular wastebasket layered with a plastic bag.  That was the dustbin beside Inoue’s desk.  The cleaning lady layered it as a gesture of appreciation to Inoue, who never failed to warmly greet her everyday.  Occasionally, Inoue also give her tokens of appreciation for her assistance.

Inoue confidently says, “This might sound a bit like blowing my own trumpet, but I could grasp the basic personality and character of a customer through a brief ten-minute conversation.”

It is not how much time we spend in each encounter, but whether we could treasure every single person we meet.  Business magazines introduced Inoue as a person who “surmounted the recession” and as “the best car salesperson in Japan.”

It is not a surprise that he is a much-wanted employee.  Established corporations from various sectors other than car companies including departmental stores, publishing firms as well as rent and lease companies have all tried to rope him in to their fold.  He has often been invited by the universities to speak to business students on his trading philosophy.

The following words are written inside Inoue’s business dairy: “Life is like a battle between life and death.  There is no other alternative but to fight this battle, through endless painstaking efforts.”

The moment we say, “This is enough,” is when we are contented with our present situation, and marks the beginning of our “defeat.”

“In fact, all these are Mr. Ikeda’s guidance published in the Seikyo Shimbun,” Inoue explains.  “The contents of Seikyo Shimbun touch people’s lives and are inspiring.  It is my daily source of life-force.  I will be left with nothing if Mr. Ikeda’s guidance is taken away from me.”

Employer Does Not Want Him to Quit

As a tribute to the contribution of the company’s sales personnel, those who could surpass the sales target of 3,000 units will have their names inscribed for posterity on a stone-tablet at the office.

Nevertheless, Inoue remains modest about his achievements.  He continues to strive for higher goals to achieve 6,000 and then to go on to achieve 7,000.  Certainly, his employer would never want him to retire.  Hence, a year before his compulsory retirement age, his company promoted him to be a Director, with remunerations of an executive director.  Such promotion is the first of its kind for a salesperson in the history of the car industry.

Inoue always tells himself, “Each person has boundless wisdom.  I wish to leave behind an unbreakable record!”

The dream of this crème de la crème salesperson is like the bright sky of an early spring that extends infinitely into the horizon.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Manifesting my highest potential in two major corporations

NITEC II awarding ceremony - Singapore Press Holdings
In 1986, I was at my bottom of my life, which I seem can't get out of my family karma. Eric Yeo reintroduced me back to gohonzon, I started chanting & activities, not very long a master printer approached me, asked me to join Singapore Press Holdings, amazing things started to happen, which was near my house and sponsored me Nitec II in Printing, very fast they called me master printer because I can solve problems, many work much longer then me, can't solved.

In my younger days when I was a few years old I observed the old bicycle shop man, how he repaired the bicycle and repaired my own bicycle,  I am able to put into good use through the power of gohonzon.

My bicycle skills was featured in various medias

Growing up as our family were poor, so we got to repair my bicycles, as I trained difficult, feats as the bicycle damaged often, I had not much money to repair it often. 

Setting and lubricating a bicycle to the optimal condition, so that it can be cycle in a difficult condition in the grass, with the minimal of strength

I chanted one hour per day, when I started to work there, controlling the web machines at the ground floor, controlling up to 4 machines, which feed the web up to the upper floor printing machines, other printers usually controlled only 2 machines every day sure got one web break, for one month the machines surprisingly that I controlled got no web break at all, then I moved up to the upper floor, they saw my skills, usually they assigned me the jobs that need the most critical skills of all, repairing and maintaining the machinery in the best conditions.

Because of my background of repairing my own bicycles and vigorous training in Upper Aljunied Technical School between 1974 to 1977. I had work various technical jobs during my school vacations and after I had graduated from UATS I worked nearly a year as a welder, welding windows grilles and gates etc, I was appointed to set the printing rollers and maintenance of the machines.

At Upper Aljunied Technical School

The final 9 months of my NTC course every I got to repair, setting the printing rollers and lubricating the machineries. 

From 1987 the company made $70 millions net, when I joined, and when I left the company, it made $250 millions net at 1991.

I was awarded the Printer of the Year, 

I got a call from Singapore Press Holdings journalist in 1990, she took some photos of me, and told me I received the Suggestion award and given a token for my suggestions, which was published in the Singapore Press Holdings newsletter.

Soon after 2 years I started chanting after sleeping in the street for 20 over years, I am able to buy a 3 room flat even at that time it was impossible for me to buy, but through the gohonzon power I able to buy it. 

In Toyota, where I work at night and trade stock in the morning, I always every night used the special lubricant  cans with the tube pointing to the most critical area of the cars, the ball bearings, so the every morning the mechanic know what to do to lubricate the most important parts of the cars, which make lot of different. 

In working in Toyota, the period I chanted around 2 hours of daimoku per day for a second baby, my prayer were answered in 2005.

Which through my years of experiences and experimenting with various chemical, which I found out why machinery don't run as before after sometimes and the effective process of solving it. I estimated Toyota spent $3000 to award me free meals everyday. The oxidations of the machineries after it got contact with water made it difficult to run and need regularly lubricating it with the right chemical.

When owners came to pick up their vehicles, and when they drive out, they found out what a big different, when I joined Toyota in 2000 they made around $20 million net, when I left later in 2004 they made $100 millions net, nearly every morning the lady Toyota Senior Claim Advisor brought breakfast and cooked for me free, I estimated they spent around $3K appointing the lady to do it.

When I joined them The Bodycare Centre at  Leng Kee Road, not many cars came for maintenance, slowly early in the morning long line of cars queuing in the morning, many Toyota staff from around the world came here to study how come this place was so profitable, in 2000 they were behind Nissan, when I left they earn much more than Nissan, the power of gohonzon is truly amazing.

Contributing my skills to the making and the innovation solutions in designing  of the Chingay Parade props