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July 31, 2018

New Year Round-table Talk with Representatives of 4 Centers

Noto Center, Oyabe Center, Shikoku Center, and Kinomoto Center: These four Shinran centers were set up one after another last year. This momentum reminds us of Master Rennyo’s days. At that time, a great Buddhi...

July 29, 2018

Life has been compared to a journey, not only in Buddhism but in others areas too. Artists routinely make the suggestion that life is a journey, and we are the travellers on this journey. “Life is a journey that must be travelled no matter how bad the roads and accommo...

July 29, 2018

Now and again I like to switch to CNN to get what is going on in the news. I watched this channel for their coverage on the Connecticut shootings in December last year. After that intense coverage I stopped watching the news on TV, and until only very recently did I sw...

July 28, 2018

The Key to Understand His Sole Mission in Life

Q: I have heard that Shinran referred to himself as “neither priest nor lay,” but what does that mean? Why would he say such a thing? 

A: Almost everyone today thinks of Shinran as a priest or monk, but that is far from the...

July 26, 2018

Buddhism is the teaching of “bakku yoraku.” In other words, Sakyamuni Buddha’s lifetime teachings are about eliminating suffering (bakku) and bestowing ease (yoraku). Sakyamuni elucidated human suffering as the four sufferings: the suffering of birth, the suffering of...

July 26, 2018

Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya

At Master Shinran's Gotan-e—the celebration of Master Shinran's birthday—in May, many people paid their first visit to The 2000-Tatami-Mat Hall from afar as metropolitan areas such as Tokyo and Osaka. It was the question “why we live” written on...

July 24, 2018

I heard this in Japan: Usually the picture on people’s driver’s license looks a little funny. 

Some say the reason the face becomes funny is that they get nervous when their picture is taken during the licensing process while others say it’s because of the lighting. 

But...

July 24, 2018

It is often said that we should be glad to have been born a human. There are however, those who, rather than rejoicing, resent the parents that gave them life and even those who commit suicide. While we may consider such things wrong, if we seriously think about it, mo...