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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 30, 2017

In November we had a special guest speaker from Japan, Mr. Yoshimura, visit us for a week. I learned a lot from him during such events as the meetings, the lectures, the Q&A sessions, and the lunch meetings that took place in-between these. Through all these wonderful...

December 29, 2017

This is the story of Miho-no-Matsubara in Suruga province. There we see a long green stretch of pine trees along the beach with white waves washing in from the Pacific ocean. Basking in the morning sunlight, a local fisherman, Hakuryu, was strolling on the beach, when...

December 29, 2017

This August in Manila there was a special speaking event. A Buddhist teacher, Mr. Shiina, came from Japan to give a talk on Buddhism at a public event hosted by the members of the Philippines. It is the first time a Shinrankai teacher has come to the Philippines to sha...

December 27, 2017

Misfortune is Brought About By Deluded Beliefs

In the Buddhist lectue at the 2000-Tatami-Mat Hall, we learned about the poem of Master Shinran (right). Do you know its real meaning? We received a letter from a follower about this poem:

“Like the cherry blossom, the heart...

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...

December 25, 2017

A grief-stricken elderly woman in Ohfunato City, Iwate said right after being engulfed by the tsunami.

Junpei Uratani , a Shinran follower in Kanagawa prefecture who works for the meteorological bureau, entered Ohfunato City, Iwate, right after the unprecedented earthqu...

December 24, 2017

When I was young, I loved dreaming. I always dreamed of the most fantastic things in life. This is one of the children’s fondness. When I became an adult, I stopped dreaming. I realized its fictitiousness, its fantasy that is far from reality. However, attending the li...