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August 31, 2019

It feels somewhat surreal that a Shinran Center has been built in Shizuoka and that Takamori-sensei honored us with his visit there. During the Q&A session, we learned about Heizei gōjo (achieving the purpose of life while we are alive). 

People rely on various things s...

August 30, 2019

Amida Buddha has poured his life into one character ‘Nyaku (If)’, promising to make us be reborn with a mind of faith and joy. No other buddhas have the power to save us. Only the Master Buddha, Amida Buddha, has the power to eradicate our Dark Mind, our root cause of...

August 28, 2019

Let All Humankind Know “Why We Live”

The Celebration of Master Shinran’s Birth (May 19 & 20)

Blessed with beautiful weather May 19 – 20, the celebration of Master Shinranʼs birth, Gotan-e, was held at The 2000-Tatami-Mat Hall. The Hall was filled with Shinran followers,...

August 26, 2019

Q. What are the three karmas? 

A. Karma of the body 
Karma of the mouth 
Karma of the mind 

‘Karma’ is a Sanskrit word meaning ‘deeds’. The ‘three karmas’ are karma of the body, karma of the mouth, and karma of the mind. These sum up all of our deeds.

Karma of the body 
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August 24, 2019

It was stunning to hear from Takamori sensei that every single thing on this earth is here to clarify the reason why we were born. All human endeavors such as politics, business, science, medicine, law, ethics, morals and so on exist for us to know the purpose of life....

August 22, 2019

2 People Take Doctrine Exam

Two Shinran followers came to the 2,000-tatami-mat hall from one of the areas affected by the earthquake. Both of them took the Daidoshi exam (doctrinal exam) which took place on the evening of that day. Satoru Michihata, an employee of a pha...

August 20, 2019

2 People Take Doctrine Exam

Two Shinran followers came to the 2,000-tatami-mat hall from one of the areas affected by the earthquake. Both of them took the Daidoshi exam (doctrinal exam) which took place on the evening of that day. Satoru Michihata, an employee of a pha...

August 18, 2019

When I started to work for a company, I felt different than before about the words “life is a sea that is difficult to cross.” We use half of the day for work and another half for getting rest from the work. Do we work to live or live to work? I feel empty when I think...

August 16, 2019

Holding an English draft of The law of Cause & Effect, she says with a smile on her face, “This means a lot to me.” Her name is Nichola Gant from England. During her two-week stay in Toyama, she memorized the draft completely and learned how to give a lecture including...