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September 2, 2018

What is the purpose of living? Life, as poets and songwriters remind us, is like a journey. From yesterday to today, from today to tomorrow, on we travel without cease, but where are we bound? Imagine this scene. We are riding on a boat headed downriver. On board we pa...

July 10, 2018

On page 36 of YOU WERE BORN FOR A REASON there is a quote from the book The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion. The quote is, “Life changes fast. Life changes in the instant. You sit down for dinner and life as you know it ends.” This quote is in reference to the...

June 19, 2018

“Though I Have Always Heard That We Meet Only to Part …”

As Master Shinran says, “Among the Eight Sufferings, the anguish of parting is the most unbearable” (Notes on Oral Transmissions), nothing is more painful in life than losing loved ones. However, while going throu...

June 7, 2018

Once I heard the following from an acquaintance: “I once asked my mother how many more years she expected to live as a joke. She answered, ‘Five years.’ I then said, ‘Didn’t you say the same thing five years ago?’” 

We all know that we are mortal, but no one thinks that...

June 6, 2018

The answer is in Tannisho

The dreadful earthquake and tsunami on 3/11 deprived many of their precious lives in a instant The ocean-like pile of rubbles seems like a burnt ruins after a thorough asir assault. In some areas, priests are seen chanting sutra or praying in f...

March 29, 2018

I recently bought a new money wallet. The one I had became very used over the years. The old one was a rectangular shape, brown leather wallet. When I made the switch from the old wallet to a new one, and put the old wallet away, I couldn’t help but think of my grandfa...

March 25, 2018

This year the sporting world has been shocked by the spate of athletes who died or have nearly died from a cardiac arrest. On April 30 the Norwegian Olympic swimmer Alexander Dale Oen died from a heart attack. He was 26 years old. Dale Oen was in the shower after compl...