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May 31, 2018

Last year, three Japanese people were awarded the Nobel Physics Prize for inventing the blue light emitting diode. Mr. Shuji Nakamura, a professor at University of California, Santa Barbara, was one of them. I saw a TV program that featured him. I was quite impressed b...

May 30, 2018

Q: What was Śākyamuni’s purpose in preaching Buddhism?

A: World historian H.G. Wells (1866–1946) listed Śākyamuni Buddha as one of the greatest men in human history. The German historian of religion Friedrich Heiler also praised Śākyamuni in highest terms, calling him “...

May 28, 2018

Contrary to current heavy snow in Japan, the sun glares from early morning here in Hawaii. Every day, under the sunshine, I am actively going around the town with fliers for Buddhist lectures in my hands! 

Rachel, who I handed a flier last June (the picture below), want...

May 27, 2018

The teachings that Śākyamuni Buddha taught are known as ‘Buddhism’ today. The foundation of Buddhism is the Law of Cause and Effect. Śākyamuni Buddha’s lifetime was, for the most part, devoted to expounding the Law of Cause and Effect. If you do not understand this fou...

May 27, 2018

I recently learned about the four deluded views of human beings that Buddhism teaches. They are mistaken ways of how we view life. The four deluded views are as follows: 

1. Permanence. We think that because we are alive now, we will live forever, that it will always be...

May 26, 2018

Appointments are All Booked Up for 2 Weeks!

Shogo Takeda’s enthusiasm to convey Buddhism to young people in Kyoto has spread to other young Shinran Followers in the same group and has widened the circle of like-minded people who join the activity of sharing Buddhism. 

On...

May 25, 2018

He of the nembutsu is on the path of no hindrance. Why is this so? Before the one who has true faith, gods of heaven and earth bow down in reverence, and evil spirits and false teachings can pose no obstacle. 

Tannisho Section 7 In other words, “Anyone who is saved by A...

May 24, 2018

Q: Will worldly passions be eliminated after striking temple bells on New Year’s Eve 108 times?

In Japan, people commonly use the expression, “He’s showing his worldly passions without shame.” I know “worldly passions” is a Buddhist term, but what does it mean?

A: “World...