Mappo is the age of decline of the dharma, marked
by heightened duality –passionate delusion and inter/intra-personal conflict. However, the greater the ice of blind
passions produces deeper the waters of our enlightenment.
It creates a sense of powerlessness. People experience
an inner oppression in the form of despair, frustration, anger or aimlessness which, in response, inspires opposition ans
sometimes organized resistance. Mappo obstructs deep, personal insights through its many lures of material success or sensual
pleasures. Each seduction gives a false sense of meaning and inner worth on externals of wealth and possessions. Many people
are suffering from anxiety, both personal and social. Aloneness, individualism and apathy are widespread.
Mappo reflects my inner reality in that I am always
trying to get ahead in the world for ME. I think many people feel this way, every man for himself (or herself). There is very
little “community” left anywhere.
For many years, I felt alienated from my spiritual
roots. I have felt fragmented and lonely. This filled me with anxiety about life and death. I felt like a boat drifting in
the ocean with a broken rudder.
my inner reality because I had gone through a very difficult situation in my life where I was at a decline of all spirit but
at the same time it was a huge transformation in my life., it made me more grateful, appreciated and humble; all I saw was
a black abyss yet I was able to see Amida’s light and life eventually after many, many years when I became ready.
--- Yvette Law
Mappo reflects my inner reality because my thoughts
of excessive material gain and pleasure are manifested in my relation to the outer world/reality if they are not obscured
and kept in some semblance of check.