Buddhist Terminology: Ichinen Sanzen Ichinen Sanzen Ichinin Sanzen — three thousand realms in a single life moment refers to the doctrine expounded in the Lotus Sutra that each single moment of life encompasses all three thousand possible realms of existence. Ichinen means a moment of life. The term refers to all forms of existence. Sanzen includes every single phenomenon in the entire universe. This doctrine teaches that even the smallest bit of life possessed by any single entity is actually endowed with all phenomena of the three thousand different realms.

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Not me. Having subjected ourselves to hours of fruitless searching for various items, including a granary bloomer, we had to accept that we had failed abysmally on virtually all counts. The sad truth was however, that there were some items, curtain rails and lamp shades, amongst others, that were deemed to be necessities. So it was, that we found ourselves in IKEA at pm on a Saturday evening, a joyless experience to say the least.

Tired, hungry and completely devoid of any enthusiasm for the task in hand, it would have been easy to give up and go home, but still we pressed on. The IKEA experience is a retail nightmare.

One is forced, by store layout, to walk miles and miles, past thousands of items, none of which hold the faintest interest, before you even get a glimpse of the thing you went in there to buy. But suddenly there it was!!!

The perfect stainless steel rail, designed as a high-tech utensil rail, but doubling unwittingly as a utility room curtain pole. The design was perfect, the brackets were reversible, the length of mm ideal, everything just right. So a purchase was agreed and the search for a boxed item began.

Lots of mm rails, lots of other designs, but not one mm boxed item was to be found. So we approached customer services, to see when the next batch would be delivered. Shock and horror!!! The item has been discontinued. Maybe too many people in the Bristol area had spotted the alternative usefulness of the rail and had caused a glut of bespoke curtain rails in the soft furnishing department.

Who knows, but it was typical of our fruitless day. Then a ray of hope!!! Apparently, and only because it was discontinued rather than simply out-of-stock, it became possible to purchase the very item that was screwed so alluringly to the display. But only if the Kitchen department would sanction such an action. So off to customer services Kitchen department we marched, determined to secure the last existing rail this side of the galaxy. Obviously the guy had no idea of the rarity, and hence huge worth of his prized asset.

Not only did he whip out his personal electric screwdriver to remove said item, but he also gave us a chit to take to Bargain Corner so we might acquire it at a discount. What a result!!! We raced down to the Corner of many delights, clutching our chit, fearful that an announcement, reversing the decision, might boom out over the Tannoy at any moment.

The perfect curtain rail, and at a bargain price too!!! Now I know why they call it retail therapy, the buzz is almost better than sex. Or maybe not, but at least it did illustrate the Ten Worlds and Ichinen Sanzen rather nicely.

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Three Thousand Realms in a Single Moment of Life

Dormire non significa automaticamente essere tranquilli. Poi suona la sveglia. E rendervi conto che fuori piove non vi aiuta affatto a uscire da quello stato. Poi arrivano le lettere. Non importa che il conto possa davvero essere sbagliato. La Collera si palesa nella vostra convinzione automatica di essere nel giusto.


Tremila regni in un singolo istante di vita (ichinen sanzen)

While it may be possible to accept this idea of infinite potential in theory, in reality we tend to feel limited in our possibilities, often resulting from a narrow view of ourselves and the world. Our sense of values or purpose, what we tend to focus our energies on or how we define happiness all affect how we perceive and experience our environment. We can exist quite comfortably within a limited view of ourselves and the world, but when challenged by a problem or obstacle, we may suffer as a result of feeling overwhelmed, helpless or afraid. The practice of Nichiren Buddhism enables us to draw on inexhaustible inner reserves of courage, hope and resilience to surmount challenges and go beyond what we thought was possible. We are also able to help others do the same. Most people, however, are unaware of this possibility or how to actualize it. The Lotus Sutra reveals the ultimate truth of Buddhism, that everyone can attain this state of Buddhahood.


Buddhist Terminology: Ichinen Sanzen

This applies to each individual. The concept of IchinenSanzen can be understood as describing the reality as we know it. This reflects the reality we can observe about the situation of the world, that all of the diverse Ten Worlds of life exist at the same time at each moment. IchinenSanzen adds to this description of the wide spectrum of existence the teaching that no situation is fixed, and that transformation to higher states of life is possibile - at each moment. Our mood at present affects our relationships, and influences the life of people in our surroundings. The latent effect of our current actions are expressed in the future.

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