Is this opening sentence the blurb from the film and book series called "The Secret," or is it the Mystic Law of my Buddhist faith? It's both!
I have been practicing Buddhism for many years now and this journey has taken me from New Age Meditation, to Tibetan Mysticism, to my most recent and rewarding Buddhist experience: the Lotus Sutra, more precisely, Nichiren Buddhism and the Soka Gakkai organization.
Years ago, like most open-minded soul seeking people in the free world -- which doesn't include Russia for you Trump supporters -- I streamed The Secret and thought I was on my way to being happy. Like all self-help, however, after a few weeks I went back to my default ways of being.
A few weeks ago I went on a business trip and needed a book to read and so picked up the book The Magic, which is part of The Secret series. I realized at immediately that The Secret was nothing more than the Nichiren Buddhism I was practicing. In the book "The Magic," the author narrows The Secret down to one thing: gratitude. This blew me away because I had just gotten done doing my evening chants and prayers and realized that the way we begin our prayers in the Soka Gakkai is with 'gratitude.'
Yes, The Secret to life is gratitude, and this is exactly what Nichiren Daishonin gave us over 800 years ago. It is also what we do twice a day as a Nichiren Buddhist and member of the Soka Gakkai.
Thank you for reading! Thank you, thank you, thank you....