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September 2, 2018

What is the purpose of living? Life, as poets and songwriters remind us, is like a journey. From yesterday to today, from today to tomorrow, on we travel without cease, but where are we bound? Imagine this scene. We are riding on a boat headed downriver. On board we pa...

July 10, 2018

On page 36 of YOU WERE BORN FOR A REASON there is a quote from the book The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion. The quote is, “Life changes fast. Life changes in the instant. You sit down for dinner and life as you know it ends.” This quote is in reference to the...

March 29, 2018

I recently bought a new money wallet. The one I had became very used over the years. The old one was a rectangular shape, brown leather wallet. When I made the switch from the old wallet to a new one, and put the old wallet away, I couldn’t help but think of my grandfa...

February 27, 2018

Thirty thousand, six hundred and fifty one. This is the number of people who committed suicide last year in Japan. I was almost going to be counted as one of the persons who had committed suicide. I received a flier and thanks to Master Shinran and Takamori-sensei, I a...

February 2, 2018

I recently started running again for exercise. Appropriate footwear for running is essential, and the more I run, the more I thought about the kind of trainer I would get. When thinking of running footwear, one of the first places to buy that came to mind was a shop ca...

January 2, 2018

One hundred years ago on April 14, RMS Titanic sank with the loss of 1514 lives. On centenary of the sinking, there is a lot of interest in the ship and its history. Various items that have been held in private hands until now are going on sale. One such item was the l...

December 19, 2017

Why is it that when someone close to us dies, though we may tremble in anxiety and fear, these feelings will last only for a short time? Why is it that we soon get busy again with our school and work, pushing death into a distant future? We had the opportunity to hear...