Dharma Card for May, 2006
As people eat, their bones grow up;
If you let your mind eat good words,
your mind’s bones grow up.
The main nutrient substances are protein, fat, carbohydrate,
inorganic salts, and water, but in order to keep those in balance
and promote growth we can never dispense with organic vitamins,
though small in quantity.
However, as vitamins cannot be synthesized in the body, they
have to be taken in from the outside as food.
Human beings need intellectual, moral and physical education,
but in schools today in Japan intellectual and physical education
seems to be stressed while moral education seems to be left behind.
Our mind’s functions are often categorized as intellect, emotion, and
will, and the latter two are very difficult to control. Moral education
is related with these two. A couple of generations ago moral discipline
used to be made much of in school and much more at home. “Good
words that grow up the mind” justly imply this moral education like
greetings in the morning and evening, grace at meals, considerate
conversations among family members and friends. Moreover, we
should not forget “good words” between the Buddha and us, the
nembutsu. Those are all indispensable vitamins.
On children’s day let us give them “good words.”