This is my expression of the parable, “Three Carts and Burning House”, in the Lotus Sutra, with meaning as taught by SGI President, Dr Daisaku Ikeda:
“It’s like watching the masterful camerawork of a gripping suspense movie. ‘Life is like a burning house’ – this simile successfully stamps on our minds the powerful image of the dangers of a life lost in pleasure.
Living beings, submerged in foolishness and ignorance, not only fail to recognise that the house in which they dwell is actually burning up with them inside it but also fail to realise that their very lives contain the Buddha’s life. Using this parable, the Buddha seeks to awaken them to the brilliantly shining life inside them!”