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July 10, 2018

In Japan, there is an old saying which expresses the five wishes of human beings. It goes like this: “The season should be always spring. My age should be always 20, and the age of my partner should be 18. I’d like three dutiful children who will never leave us. I’d li...

March 5, 2018

Until recently there lived a mother squirrel behind the eagle emblem of LA Shinran Center, raising its pup. Once in a while, when its pup fell off on the balcony and the mother came to fetch it, I unexpectedly had some eye contact with the squirrel. I felt some bond wi...

January 16, 2018

Q: There is no end of examples of people who have thrown their lives away, slaves to lust. Surely we who seek to accomplish life’s purpose must beware of desire. Please tell me more about it.

A: Let me illustrate with three stories.

People of Borneo have an interesting w...

November 15, 2017

A young man once worked for a wealthy merchant. He was extremely bright and talented, and the merchant thought highly of him. One day the merchant summoned the lad and said, “You have a knack for business. Here are one hundred gold coins. I want you to use them as capi...

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October 16, 2019