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June 26, 2018

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 tak...

June 1, 2018

While on summer vacation one year during high school, I attended a Gaeltacht, an Irish speaking college, to do an intensive study on the Irish language for three weeks. I didn’t want to go there at all. It was summer vacation and I wanted to spend it away from the clas...

February 18, 2018

Testimonial at the Youth Convention

A Person with the Fragrance of Buddhism

What I Experienced in Mexico and Canada

Six years ago after graduating university, I started working as a ceramics maker. At present, I’m involved with industrial technology and I often go on shor...

January 29, 2018

“Now, the court reads the verdict...” The defendant heard the verdict with tears. It was in summer when I was assigned to defend this client. He had been breaking into people’s houses, stealing their money, and injuring them tens of times. I immediately went to the pol...

January 22, 2018

Not so long ago I went to the theme park Knottsberry Farm with some friends (you know who you are!). It was a fun day, a full day spent going from one ride to another. Most of the rides I went on were roller coasters. I didn’t know that there were so many of them at th...

December 31, 2017

I was born in Nagoya City. My parents were both teachers and they were very busy everyday. When I was an elementary school student, I would attend After School Care Program which was three subway stations away. I did not have time to play with my classmates. I had a se...

December 26, 2017

Orphan Saya and Anathapindada

As the reddish evening sun was setting behind the mountain, the heart of a little girl named Saya was filled with sad thoughts. Her friends would go back to their houses where their parents would be waiting, but Saya had no one to welcome h...