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March 31, 2018

Q: Shinran taught that the purpose of life is the attainment of absolute happiness. What kind of happiness is absolute? 

A: Buddhism speaks of two kinds of happiness, relative and absolute. Relative happiness refers to temporary pleasure and satisfaction. That is the ki...

February 10, 2018

Let us read one chapter from a best-selling book written by Kazushi Okamoto, a Buddhist teacher

In Buddhism our actions are also referred to as “karmic seeds,” the word karma/karmic referring, as we have seen, to actions of all kinds. 

Shakyamuni compared our actions (ou...

January 19, 2018

Though there are many religions in this world, only Master Shinran taught heizei gōjō (平生業成 achieving life’s purpose while alive). Indeed, the teaching of heizei gōjō encompasses all that Master Shinran taught, and it is not taught in any other religion or Buddhist sec...

January 8, 2018

Let Us Forget the Kindness We Did

Henry enters his sister Betty’s room

Henry: Betty, I’m having trouble doing my English homework. Could you help me out? 

Betty: I’m sorry, but I’m preoccupied with my report from university which is due tomorrow. 

Henry: Don’t say that. Pl...

December 14, 2017

The heart and mind behind the lines “Kimyo muryoju nyorai, namu fukashigi ko”

The Hymn of True Faith, which begins with the lines, “Kimyo muryoju nyorai, namu fukashigi ko,” contains everything Master Shinran taught throughout his ninety years of life. Therefore, it is...

December 12, 2017

The reason we human beings live is, in short, to attain happiness. Even those who commit suicide do so believing they will find relief after death. Therefore, we can conclude that all human activities are tailored for us to obtain happiness. However, whatever happiness...

November 18, 2017

Rie’s Buddhist friends all say that whenever she shows up, she brightens the atmosphere. She is an indispensible member of the Buddhist gatherings held at cafes in the mornings. 

She encountered Buddhism a year ago. The shock of her classmate’s death was what made her t...