Shinran Followers Rejoice at Thanksgiving Sermon
Translated by Juliet Carpenter The Great Premise—
The Truth of Amida’s Vow It is real! It is true! Amida’s Vow is not a lie. Everyone must hear? I, Shinran, am a living witness. I want everyone to quickly know the truth of Amida’s Vow.
(You Were Born For A Reason, Page 86, Part Two, chapter 8) The theme of this year's Ho’on’ko event (a gathering to pay our debt of gratitude to Master Shinran) on October 6-7 was this passage
Material Support Only Provides Temporary Salvation. I was born in Oita prefecture. Along with my 3-year older brother, I grew up with plenty of love from both our parents. Since I loved studying English, as a young child, my dream was to become an interpreter. The world is vast, I thought, and is full of various cultures and ideas. Getting to know people from different parts of the world would broaden my view drastically. All I heard on the news were terrible incidents about
Master Rennyo taught the teachings of Master Shinran accurately to an enormous number of people. Letters written by Master Rennyo to the Followers were compiled into one work entitled The Letters. The Letters consists of 80 letters and includes the essence of the teachings of Master Shinran. These letters clarify parts where Followers are likely to be mistaken. Therefore, their compilation attracts widespread popularity among Followers as “the genuine guidance for sentient be
My wife of 35 years passed away in September 2010. Abashed by the sudden wind of impermanence, I lost my motivation to go on and barely managed to go to work. Since all of my four children lived out of the prefecture, I felt inconsolably alone and forlorn. In the Heart of an Atheist A few days after my wifeʼs passing, even though I had been an atheist until then, my mind became preoccupied with such questions as ʻWhere has she gone and what is she doing now?ʼ I started spendi
The Language Barrier Defeated Amida’s Vow is for all people, without exception. However, it is a very sad reality that so many people do not know of its existence due to language and cultural barriers. On this occasion of the publication of this English edition, a large barrier has been overcome. Upon opening this book, together with those of the English-speaking world, we can come into contact with Master Shinran’s teachings and read an easy-to-understand commentary. Even al
On arriving in Brazil, July 7, without taking a rest, Missionary Chief Mitsuharu Takamori delivered a lecture on Master Shinran’s teachings to Shinran followers of Brazil. Many people attended the celebration of Master Shinran’s birth at Sao Paulo Hall and the branch’s opening ceremony in the capital, Brasilia. His lecture added momentum to attend Mater Shinran’s 750 years commemorative lecture in 2000- Tatami-Mat Hall. Full of Enthusiasm! Missionary Chief Takamori’s 12-Day M
Absolute Happiness Can Be Achieved Now In general use, “Heizei” means “usually” or “daily” and describes the time when you are alive. When you hear “when you are alive,” you probably think that you will live on and on, but the reality is that if you die in a minute, this one minute before you die is your “Heizei.” It was revealed to me that ultimately speaking, “Heizei” is the time between when we inhale and when we exhale. I learned that achieving absolute happiness while we
(The Celebration of Master Shinran’s Birth) Gotan-e, the celebration of Master Shinran’s birth, was held at the Shinrankai Headquarters (Imizu City, Toyama) on the 17th and 18th of May. An unprecedented number of Shinran Followers attended the lecture. They came not only from all over Japan but also from North America, South America, Europe and also various Asian countries. The 2,000-Tatami-Mat Hall was completely filled with people. The lecture was on Master Shinran’s answer
I am Not Only My Physical Body Having heard in the lecture that the dark mind means the mind of being ignorant regarding what happens after death, I remembered my father’s death three years ago. Although his body still remained as if he were alive, it never moved no matter how long I kept watching it. There was no sign of motion, and I had to admit that it would never move again. It was just like an empty shell. He was alive and moving until seconds ago. In his last few days
Can Sutra Reading Save the Dead?
By Kentetsu Takamori Q: There is a common saying that the greatest feast for the dead is the reading of sutras. Does having a sutra read by a priest benefit the dead? Please tell me what Shinran taught about this. A: The idea that reading sutras at funerals and memorial services will benefit the dead is often taken for granted. But Śākyamuni Buddha himself, the founder of Buddhism, denounced such superstitious thinking, and Shinran conveyed hi