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September 30, 2018

The day before the web conference, Kazuki (Shinyubu — staff department) carries a laptop computer with care when he rides on the bus from Toyama to Osaka. He has been holding a web conference from last June in a room at his parents ʼ house.

The dining room turns into a...

September 28, 2018

(Read the previous part HERE)

Let us imagine a scenario that might serve as an example. Someone kills another person and is sentenced to death for his crime. If the action of killing one person (cause) could be atoned for by dying once (effect), then someone who killed...

September 28, 2018

By Kentetsu Takamori

Q: I understand that Buddhism teaches “causality through the three worlds.” What exactly does that mean? What is the connection between that teaching and Shinran’s emphasis on salvation now, in the present?

A: You rightly point out that “causality th...

September 27, 2018

The spring wind has carried to us a wonderful present. Starting from this month, the in-progress English translation of the sequel to You Were Born for A Reason, Naze Ikiru 2, will run in Beacon! ('Naze Ikiru' means 'Why We Live'.) Takamori-sensei's book Naze Ikiru 2 w...

September 25, 2018

The Himi Center was designed by Mr. Sawada, an architect who has also designed many Shinrankai facilities such as Hon-kan and Sei-hondo at the Shinrankai Headquarters. He has been asked to design buildings which have “dignity suitable for Shinrankai.” 

“How do I interpr...

September 24, 2018

The Purpose of Writing Shōshinge

Master Shinran put his blood, sweat and tears into writing each character of Shōshinge, which consists of 120 lines each made up of 7 characters. For what purpose did he do this? He explained this clearly at the end of the work.

Dō zoku j...

September 23, 2018

Two Kinds of Doubt
Nicola Gant,Britain

Thank you so much for your sermon in the 2000 Tatami Mat Hall. I listened to it via the Internet. I learned that there are two types of doubt: worldly doubt and the doubting mind. Worldly doubt means doubting in people and things....

September 23, 2018

“The 2,000 Tatami Mat Hall is a place for conveying Master Shinran’s teachings correctly,” said Mr. Makoto Maruya and his wife, Sayoko (pictured, right). “I have been through many troubles and difficulties, but now I feel all this suffering was the working of Amida Bud...