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March 30, 2019

Visiting Japan after thirteen years of interval, Christina was reminded of her encounter with Buddhism in Little Tokyo downtown LA. 

In her teens, she started doubting Christianity because of the inconsistency in its teachings. This led her to feel drawn to Buddhism ins...

March 28, 2019

A Letter to Takamori 

Since my family belongs to the sect called Soto, I had never heard the terms “the crucial matter of the afterlife” or “the dark mind.” However, I had sensed the “darkness of mind” since my youth. When my husband passed away 15 years ago, my vague f...

March 26, 2019

We are all convinced that being rich or famous brings happiness. However, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a preeminent general who once ruled the whole of Japan, built hidden passageways from the bathroom and toilets in his castle so that he could escape anytime. He always felt in...

March 24, 2019

I heard about “The Metaphor of Four Horses,” and thought I would not be included even in the forth horse “A horse that is surprised when a whip penetrates to its bones,” but would be the fifth horse. 

My grandfather passed away at the age of 60, when he was not so old....

March 22, 2019

Thank you for your lectures. I am glad to see you looking so well. Recently I had the thought, “why do people struggle so hard to continue to live?” I cannot express such thoughts to anyone, except to Shinran followers. Other people might think I am pessimistic or suic...

March 20, 2019

No matter what happens in this world, I don't want to be forsaken. The benefit of being held fast, never to be forsaken is what every human being is seeking and what my heart is crying out for. No matter how much we wish to remain healthy, young, and beautiful, there w...

March 18, 2019

Thank you for the webinar the other day. Hearing just how many false beliefs there are in this world made me feel the depth and importance of the Law of Cause and Effect. In the eyes of us deluded beings made entirely of worldly passions, the Law of Cause and Effect lo...

March 16, 2019

I started learning Master Shinran’s teachings 13 years ago. I have always felt a vague unease with regards to death. I was surprised to know that Master Shinran taught that we can solve the crucial matter of the afterlife. For a while I was away from Buddhism, but I be...