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August 31, 2018

Master Shinran described Amida Buddha’s Primal Vow as “the ocean-like Vow of great compassion.” “Great compassion” refers to the immense compassion of Amida Buddha. ‘Compassion’ is the state of mind that cannot abandon beings that are plagued by suffering and distress....

August 30, 2018

I know it’s always very difficult to stick without question to the path you chose at the beginning. When you are driving on a freeway, you might think the next lane seems faster or when you are standing in the checkout line, you might think only your line is slow. The...

August 29, 2018

“I Never Imagined There Would Be a Place Like This in the Ephemeral World We Live.”

We have received letters from our Dharma friends who have completed the training course at Gakuin, The Buddhist Academy. Let us introduce some of them. 

“I have never imagined there would...

August 29, 2018

I was born in Torigoe Village in Ishikawa Prefecture, which is well-known for the uprisings of the Ikko sect in the historical Kaga Province. The Ishiyama War was a 10-year war between the powerful warrior Oda Nobunaga and Honganji in the 16th Century. Shinran Follower...

August 28, 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.
Hymns on the Masters

To paraphrase: “We have long been floundering, lost in the vast...

August 27, 2018

At the Risk of Their Lives to Kyoto?

Why did they go to Kyoto tosee Master Shinran at therisk of their lives?

“We just live transiently,and disappear. Is that all? For what purpose do human be-ings live? I can’t stand it ifmy life goes on like this.There should be someth...

August 25, 2018

Learning from Shinran, the Light of the World Vol. 3

Jane: In the third anime, Jurenbo and Anrakubo talked about Amida’s salvation using the example of the sea and a ship, remember? I’ll explain further. First, let’s read Master Shinran’s words.

Amida’s inconceivable Vow...

August 24, 2018

Q: For those of us listening to Shinran’s words, what is the significance of the midsummer Bon Festival?

A: The holiday is popularly known in Japanese as Obon, but its proper name is Urabon. The name comes from Buddhism Urabon Sutra (Sutra of the Festival of the Dead),...