Some say it is God that decides our destiny, while others say it is our ancestors, or foxes or raccoon dogs. In a time when such superstitions are thriving, Buddhism teaches Ji go ji toku: ‘my deeds create my destiny.’ In the webinar on June 29, Takamori-sensei taught us the relationship between our deeds and our destiny, which is that good deeds bring good results, bad deeds bring bad results, and my deeds bring my results. This permeates not only this world, but also the th
10-year Aniversary of The 2000-Tatami-Mat Hall Presenting quotes from Master Shinran and conveying their meanings word for word” is the one and only path for a Shinran Follower. The 2,000-Tatami-Mat Hall has played a major role in the great strides of Shinrankai and countless other stories. In particular, landmark Shinran Centers in Maedamachi (1957), Yoshino (1974) and Kosugi (1988) have played a dominant role in gaining momentum over time to convey true Buddhism to all peop
It has been a pleasure to be able to attend your lectures directly, and I found the whole 55th Anniversary event to be quite impressive. This time, I was given more of an opportunity than ever to contribute to the event. I proof-read the translated video scripts and speeches, and I also made voice recordings for the translated videos as well as reading out translated speeches during the event. I enjoy proof-reading, translation, and voice-acting greatly, and it was a joy to b
Our struggle is, in the end,
a struggle with the self
---a struggle that must be
Like muscle training,
developing the soul is an
extremely painful process.
Endure and persevere.
Tangible things may get stolen,
disintegrate, break, disappear;
the invisible treasure of the soul
Whatever pain you suffer
will be rewarded in full.
Wonderful fruits will be yours. (From Something You Forgot Along the Way, page 54) Source: The Buddhist Vil
There are many who are searching for the true teachings of Pure Land Buddhism. However, those who can meet with it are so rare. Conveying the true teachings is an urgent matter. Let’s read a speech by a missionary that used to convey Buddhism in Brazil. From each and every flower, thirty- six hundred billion rays shine out brilliantly, leaving no corner untouched. On this 750th Anniversary of Master Shinran, petals of joy are whirling across the ocean from the 2,000 Tatami- M
Deep Gratitude for The 2000-Tatami Mat Hall
Isao Takeshima (71), Toyama prefecture “I am very grateful to learn about the teachings of Master Shinran from Takamori-sensei.” Takeshima met true Buddhism, the only teachings that say we can achieve the ultimate purpose of life while still alive, at the age of 28. To think about Takamori- sensei devoting his entire life to teaching Buddhism “makes me cry inside,” Takeshima said, expressing how grateful he is for the 2000-Tatami Ma
Once upon a time, a faultfinding mouth made an impertinent remark to a nose. Mouth: Hey, you bastard nose! What the hell is it that you do that justifies you being above me?? All you do is sit there with your two frickin' chimneys! I, of course, eat three meals a day, and eat between meals, and I speak too! There's nothing on the face that works like I do, so why must I be at the lowest part of the face? You oughtta swap places with me! The overconfident nose got angry. Nose:
Life's voyage heading toward the fall All people are living every day in order to attain happiness, no matter what nationality, race or age they are. It doesnʼt matter whether one is wealthy or not. All people have the same mind, which is to attain happiness. However, everything that we rely on will collapse, betray us, and thrust suffering upon us without exception. Even if things last for a while, at the moment of death, everything will be destroyed in its entirety. So even
Web Conference at 10 Places 9 Days after the Disaster Calamities of unprecedented scale struck the Northeast-Kanto region of Japan on March 11. In the Northeast Japan in particular where damage was most critical. Missionaries continue to lead the effort to aid Shinran followers. By providing the victims with necessities as well as emotional support. Missionaries and victims jointly move toward the light. The Q&A sessions held at 2,000-tatami-mat Hall on March 20 were broadcas
My job is to provide counseling for the victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake in Sendai. We visit and listen to people who lost their loved ones, houses, and hometowns in the tsunami. As these disaster victims have lost their strength to live, we do our best to give them motivation by providing them with a place to live. However, there are many who feel they cannot be content just with a motivation in life. Yet despite this, these motivations in life are all they know, s