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June 29, 2018

In this world where tragedies and disasters never cease to happen, we have innumerable religions in which followers believe in paradise in the afterlife. But, after all, believing is doubting. Buddhism is a religion in which our eternal future after this life will be r...

June 28, 2018

It is difficult to find a historical figure who has led a stormier life than Master Shinran — and we should keep in mind that through all those life events, Master Shinran eternally teaches us people of the Latter Ages, what true Buddhism is. A little-known scholar of...

June 27, 2018

Continued... Read Part 1 HERE

‘The Buddha of Infinite Life’ is another name for Amida Buddha, who is the master of all buddhas. We have been abandoned by all other buddhas. Amida alone stood up, saying, “I alone will save,” and made the great ship that will rescue us. T...

June 26, 2018

The painful sea of birth and death knows no bounds.
Long have we been sinking in its waters.
Only the ship of Amida’s universal Vow
will take us aboard and carry us across without fail.
(Master Shinran)

“We are drowning in a sea of suffering; the only thing that can tak...

June 25, 2018

Continued... Read previous part HERE

The truth is that no one sees themselves as evil. But the truth is also that if the truth of one person is evil, then this is the truth for all human beings, man, woman and child alike. When Shinran spoke of his true nature “My spiri...

June 25, 2018

In December the small town of Newtown Connecticut became all of a sudden very well known, but for all the wrong reason. I don’t need to go into what happened there, because everyone knows. There are many aspects of what happened there that, from a Buddhist point of vie...

June 24, 2018

A friend of mine told me this story: Her husband had gone out on an errand to pay for their car that had been involved in a crash and was in the repair shop. He had $700 in his wallet, enough to pay the bill. On the way to the repair shop, he stopped off at the post of...