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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...

March 25, 2018

This year the sporting world has been shocked by the spate of athletes who died or have nearly died from a cardiac arrest. On April 30 the Norwegian Olympic swimmer Alexander Dale Oen died from a heart attack. He was 26 years old. Dale Oen was in the shower after compl...

February 26, 2018

Dr. Takashi Shimabukuro, an obstetrician and gynecologist, who comes to the 2000-Tatami-Mat Hall twice a month from Okinawa Prefecture, expresses his joy of having met Buddhism.

My wife of 35 years passed away in September 2010. Abashed by the sudden wind of impermanenc...

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...

November 24, 2017

I had Shinrankai hold my mother’s funeral. My mother passed away within a month after being diagnosed with cancer. Though I have been told that all things are impermanent, it was too short a time for me to accept her death. 

While my mother was alive, she often told me...

November 22, 2017

“I have only 200 yen in my purse. Please come home, darling.” My mother was crying down the phone to my father. This is my first memory as a child. At that time, my father was addicted to gambling. He seldom came home. My family was in extreme poverty, and the quarreli...

November 19, 2017

On our first date, my boyfriend told me out of the blue, “I’m studying Buddhist teachings, so I cannot meet with you on Saturdays and Sundays.” When I saw him in my office, I fell in love with him at first sight. I pursued him relentlessly, and finally I got him to go...