We have very good weather with crisp, clear, cool air breezes like autumn today. We have especially holy harmony and happiness after sittings and service. I watched the NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) Special, “1945-1946, A Blank Year: How ‘the base island’ was born.” It revealed that two strands of the State Department and Joint Chiefs of Staff, represented by the Okinawa Naval and Army governing bodies (the former liberating Okinawa with the people’s Okinawa Advisory Council and the latter continuing military bases), moved to the latter due to communist expansion.
The members of the Okinawa Advisory Council was thinking of their own constitution and even presidential system, but GHQ commander McArthur abolished Naval rule there and fortified bases, considering Okinawans not Japanese. He even sent Okinawans in the mainland back to Okinawa where there were no jobs but base construction. Communism, allowing violent revolution, must have moved even partially to such move, inciting an arms race and cold war. Wars never end, unless we end the sinful karmas of the triple poisons (delusion, divisiveness, and desire), which lead to conflict and catastrophe.
Therefore, we should not justify ourselves with them and must make our Paradigm Shift from sinful karma suffering to holy nirvana happiness and that from artificial uni-directional pyramid civilization (=urbanization) for matter and power to natural cyclical Indra-net culture (=cultivation) for life and heart to save life and the life system from destruction and demise. The Buddha said,
Enmity is never appeased by enmity here,
But by non-enmity. This is the truth forever.
– The Dhammapada 5
Better than the one conquering thousands upon thousands in wars Is the one conquering oneself. He is the greatest of war conquerors.
-The Dhammapada 103
Conquering oneself requires conquering one’s sin (=separation), coming from karma (action, habit, heredity). Before we are nationals, we are human, living beings, life, universe, truth. If we can become Tathāgata, Thus-being or being in Thusness, truth, we transcend selfish, sinful egoism, nationalism, etc. Whatever political, economic systems we may have, we must undergo the suffering of birth, sickness, aging, death, loss, parting, etc. If we conquer karma questions, we solve sinful suffering, individual, social, and environmental, at once for all forever. Come and see it!