In this world where tragedies and disasters never cease to happen, we have innumerable religions in which followers believe in paradise in the afterlife. But, after all, believing is doubting. Buddhism is a religion in which our eternal future after this life will be revealed crystal- clear to us. Today, however, I know various kinds of self-professed Buddhist associations. Many of them claim the purpose of Buddhism is to control your mind by yourself, which is widely approve
It is difficult to find a historical figure who has led a stormier life than Master Shinran — and we should keep in mind that through all those life events, Master Shinran eternally teaches us people of the Latter Ages, what true Buddhism is. A little-known scholar of Shin Buddhism of medieval Japan named Hojin, chronicled Master Shinran’s whole life in the form of lyrics. We introduce to you an amplified translation of it in a series of articles. Five years later, in the yea
Continued... Read Part 1 HERE ‘The Buddha of Infinite Life’ is another name for Amida Buddha, who is the master of all buddhas. We have been abandoned by all other buddhas. Amida alone stood up, saying, “I alone will save,” and made the great ship that will rescue us. That’s why the conclusion of the complete sutras is “Turn only to Amida Buddha; believe only in Amida alone.” Master Shinran devoted the 90 years of his life to conveying these golden words of Sakyamuni Buddha:
The painful sea of birth and death knows no bounds.
Long have we been sinking in its waters.
Only the ship of Amida’s universal Vow
will take us aboard and carry us across without fail.
(Master Shinran) “We are drowning in a sea of suffering; the only thing that can take us aboard and carry us to the Pure Land of Utmost Bliss cheerfully and happily without fail is the great ship that Amida built.” All people live chasing happiness. However, our health, wealth, fame, posses
Continued... Read previous part HERE The truth is that no one sees themselves as evil. But the truth is also that if the truth of one person is evil, then this is the truth for all human beings, man, woman and child alike. When Shinran spoke of his true nature “My spirit is one of nothing but indolence, and inside I am nothing but empty, deceitful, and fawning at all times. It has been impressed upon me that there is no truth in me.” If all people truly saw this true evil nat
In December the small town of Newtown Connecticut became all of a sudden very well known, but for all the wrong reason. I don’t need to go into what happened there, because everyone knows. There are many aspects of what happened there that, from a Buddhist point of view, I could talk about. But without going on about such a tragedy I will talk about one point in particular. After the killings people from various religions were interviewed by television stations. Priests were
A friend of mine told me this story: Her husband had gone out on an errand to pay for their car that had been involved in a crash and was in the repair shop. He had $700 in his wallet, enough to pay the bill. On the way to the repair shop, he stopped off at the post office to mail some letters. Focused on his business there, he left the post office forgetting his wallet, only remembering it while on the bus to the repair shop. By the time he returned to the post office his wa
When the Cause is clear, a Solution to Your Problems is in Sight Let us read one chapter from a best-selling book written by Kazushi Okamoto, a Buddhist teacher When, at the age of thirty-five, Shakyamuni attained enlightenment, he stated, “Life is suffering.” Sometimes people think about someone else, “Oh, he seems so happy, completely without troubles.” But Shakyamuni would say, “Even someone like that is, in fact, suffering. There is not a single person who does not suffer
The Long-held Dream of Buddhist Friends in Nagoya Finally Comes True. Nagoya city is so famous for Nagoya Castle that there is a song with the lyric: “Nagoya city thrives due to its castle.” A Dharma castle of the Name will be established in that very city. The long cherished dream of the Shinran Followers there finally comes true. At the same time, Ishikawa prefecture, famous as a feudal domain of great financial capability, will add a third Buddhist castle, the Ishikawa-Kah
In Japan many businessmen set their financial goal in life to be somewhere near “a hundred thousand dollars as their annual income.” But we often hear stories that even if some poeple achieve that goal, it doesn’t bring so much joy as they had expected. People with more income are stressed out by work. And they might be inclined to have dinner at a fancy restaurant or buy more fashionable clothes. And they end up using more money. A doctor that I know says joining doctors’ ge