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January 30, 2018

“I was overwhelmed by the novelty of the atmosphere in the Shinran Center headquarters the moment I entered the building,” says Ms. Li of Malaysia. She came to The 2000-Tatami- Mat Hall on August 5 with her exclassmate from middle school, Tang Kin Kok. She says that es...

January 30, 2018

Although It’s a Profound Book, It’s Easy to Read 
Akihiro Tani, Osaka 

When I read You Were Born For A Reason 2 I was surprised that although the content was very deep, I was able to finish reading it all at once. I think it is because Takamori- sensei’s explanations of...

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 28, 2018

The other day, I was having a haircut at the usual hair salon when the middle-aged female beautician asked me a question. While chitchatting she learned that I am a Buddhist missionary. She said, “Do you think there’ll be some fun waiting for me after aging?” 

I don’t t...

January 26, 2018

(Read Part 3 HERE)

This is the final part of the 4 & 8 Sufferings series. This month I continue with Sufferings 7 and 8, the suffering of not getting what we want, and the suffering of our own existence.

7. The Suffering of Not Getting What We Want

We want things such as...

January 25, 2018

(Read Part 2 HERE)

I have been writing about the 4 & 8 Sufferings for the last two editions of the BVT. They were the suffering of Living, Aging and Sickness. This month I continue with Sufferings 4, 5, and 6, the sufferings of Death, of parting from those we love, and...

January 24, 2018

(Read Part 1 HERE)

Last month I talked about the first of the 8 Sufferings, the suffering of living. This month I will continue with two more, the suffering of aging, and the suffering of sickness.

2. The Sufferring of Aging

From the moment we are born, we are aging. Agin...