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April 7, 2018

In The Letters (Fascicle 2, Letter 4), Master Rennyo referred to the nembutsu: “Simply reciting ‘Namu Amida Butsu, Namu Amida Butsu’ whether sleeping or waking, we should respond to our unfathomable debt of gratitude to Amida Buddha.” What kind of nembutsu was he refer...

April 5, 2018

“I didn’t know this is the True Pure Land Buddhism.”

Much-awaited new books of Takamori Sensei, Petals of Master Shinran’s Teachings (Ichimannendo Publishing, Inc.), were released nationally in mid-September. The books clearly answer 116 questions that anybody would wan...

April 4, 2018

Five years ago, Jun Oguchi (24) began studying at the University of Tokyo. Due to the stress of dealing with people, Jun became ill. Therefore, he was forced to return to his parents’ home in Aichi to recover from his illness. For a year, he could not leave his house....

April 3, 2018

Continued from yesterday, read previous part HERE.

The Tiger 

What Sakyamuni likened to a fierce tiger is impermanence-one's own death. The tiger's pursuit of the traveler signifies the way impermanence wreaks havoc in our lives. That a ravenous tiger is hot on the heels...

April 2, 2018

The unfathomable desolation of the lonely traveler: What does the story mean?

Continued from yesterday, read previous part HERE.

What is a human being? Humanity’s true plight, which Sakyamuni made clear in this story from the Parable Sutra, dramatically shows why people...

April 2, 2018

The Buddha says, this is YOU!

Here Sakyamuni Buddha paints a compelling picture of human existence. Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy was so impressed with this story from the Parable Sutra that he wrote, “No other story offers such an unvarnished portrayal of the human cond...

April 1, 2018

The Castle Handcrafted by Members in Tamana

“We promise that we will convey the treasure of Namu Amida Butsu all across the Kyushu region from Kyushu’s very first Shinran Center.” Expressing his goal, Hirokazu Maenozono, (photo left) the director of the Tamana Shinran C...

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