As I grow older, what seems to matter most is the heart-heart connection with like-minded people. Reaching out to friends for whom I can create value gives me utmost joy. Not that I don’t want the material wealth or “treasures of the storehouse” as Nichiren(12th century Buddhist priest) refers to it.
But, the more I understand Buddhism and the spirit of the people who practice it so altruistically, my desire to contribute to the grand vision of world peace propagated by its great leaders grows. And the more this desire grows, my relationships seem to become more meaningful and my life expands.
Nichiren expresses in the lines below, his viewpoint on life and the three kinds of treasures:
More valuable than treasures in a storehouse are the treasures of the body, and the treasures of the heart are the most valuable of all. From the time you read this letter on, strive to accumulate the treasures of the heart!
Treasures of the storehouse are material wealth, treasures of the body are good health and treasures of the heart to me means an attitude of appreciation, generosity and concern for others.