Even now, I cannot get my mind off of one occurrence from when I was just old enough to be aware of the world around me. One day when I was little, I was drawing a picture on the ground in my yard when I felt that there was already a gaping wide hole in my mind. “What in the world am I doing here..?” I thought, and I felt empty. If I could not decide to be born or to die, which are all-important things, what can I choose or decide within this life? I grew up with this sense o
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. With humility, I have put in
Momentum Gathers toward Establishment of Shinran Centers All over the World Amid successive appearances of Shinran Centers all over Japan, Hualian Shinran Center, the first lecture hall of Buddhism in Taiwan, came into being. This lecture hall is about 40 tatami mats in size, and located in a modern-looking, reinforced concrete three-storied building. There is a hall for gathering and an interpreter’s booth on the second floor. On the third floor, there is a well-furnished ro
The Key to Understand Our Own Fate Who is the “One” in “What One Sows, One Must Reap?”
Noriko Yamauchi (Supportive Staff, Toyama) Who does the “one” in “What one sows, one must reap” refer to? When answering this question, I point to myself. Buddhism clarifies the existence of an eternal life which permeates the 3 worlds and I learned that that eternal life is who I am. Whatever we do through our bodies, mouths, and minds is stored in an imperishable consciousness. When it i
The 750th commemorative anniversary of Master Shinran has been held in all the temples of the True Pure Land School and people all over Japan are now getting more interested in Master Shinran. In the meantime, Takamori Sensei’s new books Petals of Master Shinran’s Teachings have just been released nationally. Each copy of “Petals” must bring Shinran followers around the nation the rich fragrance and the light of Shinran’s teachings, and many smiles. “The Volume of Cherry” is
They say the possibility of a person getting killed in a car accident is eight times higher than that of winning the lottery. However, our expectation level is much higher for winning the lottery than getting killed in a car accident. That’s why when we experience misfortune, we often wonder why we have to go through such a painful experience. Śākyamuni Buddha taught that all the outcomes in our lives, whether good or bad, are the result of our own causes. I’d like to plant g
Now at Last I am Willing to Listen to Buddhism Kazushi Kiyonishi, Niigata prefecture Good deeds from the past reflect in our desire to listen to Buddhism: this I grasped in particular. Even if one guides a horse to the river, the horse won’t drink the water if it is not willing to do so. Now the horse is in the middle of abundant water and yet it’s not inclined to have even a sip. The water has no meaning to the horse. I was born and brought up in an environment suitable for
Yoshiyuki Miyai (picture) frequently visits Biwa- Lake Moriyama Shinran Center. He has heard that Shoshinge (Hymn of True Faith) contains all the teachings of Master Shinran. He's devoting himself to learning it. “Please take a look at these!” Yoshiyuki said, taking his daily planner and The Buddhist Scriptures out of his bag. His daily planner was all full with plans to listen to Buddhism, and his Buddhist Scriptures had no blank spaces as he had many notes written beside th
Shinran’s Petals written by Takamori Sensei has been published (Ichimannendo Publishing Company) in commemoration of 750th anniversary of Master Shinran’s passing. Master Shinran gives you clear answers to life-long questions which everyone wants to know about. Readers have been showering Ichimannendo with their mail, saying that the book is well written and it is like a fog is being cleared, etc. Both the Cherry and Wisteria volumes have sold more than 50,000 in two months.
I’m Doing My Best to Translate Your Lecture as Accurately as Possible.
Nicola Gant, Great Britain I returned to Britain earlier this month [December 2013] after my stay in Toyama Prefecture, Japan, and have continued to listen to your lectures since then through the Internet. Thank you for blessing me with these precious chances to listen to Buddhism. I am continuing to work on the translation of the transcribed lecture, and I am currently on the second half of the afternoon