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10 Factors of Life. Making the Best of Everything. Soka University of America. Introduction – 10 Factors. Life is dynamic Describes the workings of our lives in context of the 10 Worlds and how we manifest change from one moment to the next

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10 factors of life

10 Factors of Life

Making the Best of Everything

Great Lakes RTC Chapel



Introduction 10 factors
Introduction – 10 Factors

  • Life is dynamic

  • Describes the workings of our lives in context of the 10 Worlds and how we manifest change from one moment to the next

  • Clarifies the functions common to ALL life in any given condition or any given moment


Nyo ze
NyoZe…


Review 10 worlds
Review – 10 Worlds

  • Hell

  • Hunger

  • Animality

  • Anger

  • Humanity

  • Rapture – Heaven

  • Learning

  • Realization

  • Bodhisattva

  • Buddhahood


Expedient means chapter lotus sutra
“Expedient Means” ChapterLotus Sutra

“The true entity of all phenomena can only be understood and shared between Buddhas. This reality consists of appearance, nature, entity, power, influence, inherent cause, relation, latent effect, manifest effect, and their consistency from beginning to end.”


Reality of life
Reality of Life

  • Appearance

    • Facial expressions/behavior

    • Physical, material aspects of life

  • Nature

    • Inner quality/tendencies

    • Spiritual aspect of life

  • Entity

    • Life as a whole or essence of life. Manifests both appearance and nature, yet is neither


Workings of life their characteristics
Workings of Life & Their Characteristics

  • Power – capability latent within life

  • Influence – when latent power becomes manifest

  • Inherent cause – our ‘karmic’ orientations or tendencies formed by our past actions (thoughts, words, deeds) - possibilities

  • Relation – our relationships with external circumstances – ‘external cause’

  • Latent Effect – result implanted in life when an ‘inherent cause’ acts in ‘relation’ with an external event


Workings of life their characteristics1
Workings of Life & Their Characteristics

  • Manifest Effect – when latent effect becomes visible

  • Consistency from beginning to end – when life’s appearance, nature, entity, power, influence, inherent cause, relation, latent effect and manifest effect all consistently express the condition that life is at any particular moment


“What state or condition of being we manifest at any given moment determines how we experience our environment…”

  • Appearance

  • Nature

  • Entity

  • Power

  • Influence

  • Inherent cause

  • RELATION

  • Latent Effect

  • Manifest Effect

  • Consistency from beginning to end


Relationship
Relationship moment determines how we experience our environment…”

On the deepest level, it is not our environment or external circumstances that determine our state of life but the nature of our ‘relationship’ with our environment

  • Hell

  • Hunger

  • Animality

  • Anger

  • Humanity or Tranquility

  • Rapture or Heaven

  • Learning

  • Realization or Absorption

  • Bodhisattva

  • Buddhahood


HELL moment determines how we experience our environment…”

Power – inherent capacity is usually weak

Influence


Every person is unique

The same event may cause different reactions in different people

What state of life are you in now?

10 worlds are potentials within each of us – what we experience differs vastly from one person to another

How we relate to our environment largely depends on how we have lived our lives, not only in this lifetime but perhaps from our past lives

Past actions, life habits, constitute ‘inherent causes’

React automatically, positively or negatively to stimuli in our environment – sometimes beyond our conscious control or intellectual understanding

Every Person is Unique


Review 10 worlds1
Review – 10 Worlds people

  • Hell

  • Hunger

  • Animality

  • Anger

  • Humanity

  • Rapture – Heaven

  • Learning

  • Realization / ABSORPTION

  • Bodhisattva

  • Buddhahood


Forrest gump
Forrest Gump people

  • Appearance

  • Nature

  • Entity

Relation

Power

Inherent cause

Influence

Latent effect

Manifest effect

Consistency from beginning to end


Forrest Gump people

Power – Does what he’s told - “OK”

Influence


10 x 10 people

Hell

Hunger

Animality

Anger

Humanity

Rapture – Heaven

Learning

Realization

Bodhisattva

Buddhahood

X 10


Ichinen sanzen 10 x 10 x 3 realms 3 000
Ichinen peopleSanzen10 x 10 x 3 Realms = 3,000


Ten factors
Ten Factors people

  • Teaches us importance of developing good karmic habits

    • Form positive ‘relations’ with events in our environment regardless of what they are

  • Through Bodhisattva or Buddhahood, we can transform every hardship into personal growth – inherent causes – solidifying our state of happiness


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