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June 19, 2018

“Though I Have Always Heard That We Meet Only to Part …”

As Master Shinran says, “Among the Eight Sufferings, the anguish of parting is the most unbearable” (Notes on Oral Transmissions), nothing is more painful in life than losing loved ones. However, while going throu...

June 7, 2018

Once I heard the following from an acquaintance: “I once asked my mother how many more years she expected to live as a joke. She answered, ‘Five years.’ I then said, ‘Didn’t you say the same thing five years ago?’” 

We all know that we are mortal, but no one thinks that...

June 6, 2018

The answer is in Tannisho

The dreadful earthquake and tsunami on 3/11 deprived many of their precious lives in a instant The ocean-like pile of rubbles seems like a burnt ruins after a thorough asir assault. In some areas, priests are seen chanting sutra or praying in f...

January 11, 2018

“Revelation of the Primal Vow means the end of life in the former-moment.” —Gutoku’s Notes 

With these words, Master Shinran taught that once we have come to know, “Amida’s Vow is true!” in a split second of ichinen, the life of illusion in which we have been transmigra...

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October 16, 2019