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September 30, 2019

The Hymn of The True Faith

I n the introduction to Shoshinge, The Hymn of The True Faith, Master Shinran wrote as follows. “Kimyo Muryoju Nyorai, Namu Fukashigiko.” He cried out, “I have been saved by Amida Buddha! I have been rescued by Amida Buddha!” Here, he expresse...

September 16, 2019

“My heart was at peace when I learned about the Law of Cause and Effect” says Kuniko Nishida from Yatsushiro City in Kumamoto Prefecture (photo) who participated in Aprilʼs SeiGohonzon Ceremony. Eight years ago Kunikoʼs son got sick and then her husband was diagnosed w...

September 14, 2019

Listening to a lecture on the Law of Cause and Effect, what stood out the most for me was how wrong it is for a criminal to think, “Now that I’ve killed one person and have to face death penalty, I might as well kill 10 or 100 more people because I’ll only face the dea...

September 12, 2019

The webinar on March 20 turned out to be my father’s last bond with Takamori-sensei in this life. He suffered from a terminal illness and so had to stay in bed all day long. Regardless of his condition, just before chanting began, he straightened his back and listened...

September 10, 2019

Unlocking Tannisho is full of Wisdom. I feel the same wisdom, the same sense of amazement in Unlocking as I feel when listening to Takamori Sensei’s lectures. Something deep inside me tells me I encountered the truth. I am amazed that Takamori Sensei is saying exactly...

September 9, 2019

QUESTION

Write the words in which Master Rennyo taught that when people die, they all become stark naked. Write the source, too.


(Buddhist Doctrine, Volume 1, Question 30)

ANSWER


At the moment of death, nothing one has previously relied on, Whether wife and child or mone...

September 6, 2019

We got news from Ibaraki prefecture’s rice-producing district that they now have started planting rice, but that they are also concerned with the impact of the nuclear power plant accident. Spring has not come to the disaster stricken area yet. I wonder how Master Shin...

September 4, 2019

How genuine, the true words of Amida that embrace us and never forsake us, the absolute doctrine that is surpassingly wonderful! Listen and believe without hesitation or delay. (Preface, Teaching Practice Faith Enlightenment) 

It is real, it is true, Amida’s Vow is no l...

September 2, 2019

This line from Shōshinge, a work written by Master Shinran, means, “Shan-tao alone clarified the true intent of Buddha.” 

“Master Shan-tao was the only person of his time who clarified the true intent of the Buddha. It is thanks to him that I, Shinran, was able to be sa...