In the fall of 1993, while dealing with that situation, I visited Korean Rissho Kosei-kai for the first time guided by my neighbor Ms. Lee, who was an area leader. But, the impression of the center wasn’t very positive to me at the time. The building and its atmos- phere were so different from the traditional Korean temples that I couldn’t feel that I could believe in this faith, so I threw away the prayer beads into a trash box when I was on my way back to my home.
Thereafter, however, the chapter leader visited my house many times to lead me to a religious life. The former minister told me that if I would believe in and practice the teaching, I would surely receive a good result. So I decided to perform a special prayer and practice the hoza activities for a hundred days. Out of an ardent desire to cure my headache, I visited the Korea Dharma Center every day, but I didn’t want to listen to someone talk about his or her trouble that was not relat- ed to me. I was able to complete my hundred-day prac- tice of the Dharma without missing a single day.
I also visited the Dharma center on the first day of the month as well as on the Uposatha Day Ceremony and would hold the devotional services for ancestors. As a result, even though my headache did not dis- appear, I came to feel appreciation for being alive now. One day, in the hoza, the former minister’s Dharma guidance gradually penetrated through my ears into my heart, and I realized my physical condition was getting better.
Thanks to my headaches, I had the opportunity to encounter Rissho Kosei-Kai, and what I had learned in hoza became my treasure. The former minister told us,“We are most grateful that we are sustained to live and we are alive now in impermanence,” “Everything is within ourselves,” and “If we change, others will change accordingly.” She taught us sometimes kindly and sometimes strictly, so that we could put into prac- tice what we learned in our daily lives.