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February 28, 2018

Missionary, Kouhei Harada was born in 1972 in central Japan (Fukui prefecture) as a first son to a father who was a bank manager and a mother who is a housewife. When he was 16 years old, his girlfriend got involved in a car accident and passed away. He was so depresse...

February 28, 2018

Recently when I was flying on a long distance international flight I had a stopover in San Francisco on my way to Los Angeles. Most times I get a direct flight to LA, but this time I was unable to get this schedule, so a stop-over in San Francisco was necessary. Of cou...

February 27, 2018

Thirty thousand, six hundred and fifty one. This is the number of people who committed suicide last year in Japan. I was almost going to be counted as one of the persons who had committed suicide. I received a flier and thanks to Master Shinran and Takamori-sensei, I a...

February 26, 2018

Dr. Takashi Shimabukuro, an obstetrician and gynecologist, who comes to the 2000-Tatami-Mat Hall twice a month from Okinawa Prefecture, expresses his joy of having met Buddhism.

My wife of 35 years passed away in September 2010. Abashed by the sudden wind of impermanenc...

February 25, 2018

I created a swan out of an apple during Thanksgiving lunch at a friend’s house. Everyone there was so happy to see it. On the subject of swans, have you ever seen the classical ballet Swan Lake? It depicts the elegant and refined manner in which these waterfowl swim. I...

February 24, 2018

You Were Born For A Reason contains the words of Master Shinran that clarify what the purpose of life is. Since this book has also been translated to Portuguese and Chinese, the wheel of Dharma is expanding in this world. Let us see how Western scholars of Buddhism per...

February 23, 2018

Q: My parents often listen to Buddhist sermons, and they tell me the importance of resignation (akirame). But if we were resigned about everything, there would never be any progress or advancement in life. If Buddhism preaches resignation, I have no desire to listen.

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