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June 26, 2018

The painful sea of birth and death knows no bounds.
Long have we been sinking in its waters.
Only the ship of Amida’s universal Vow
will take us aboard and carry us across without fail.
(Master Shinran)

“We are drowning in a sea of suffering; the only thing that can tak...

January 22, 2018

Not so long ago I went to the theme park Knottsberry Farm with some friends (you know who you are!). It was a fun day, a full day spent going from one ride to another. Most of the rides I went on were roller coasters. I didn’t know that there were so many of them at th...

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...

December 11, 2017

* Continuation of yesterday's article Our Souls Are Weeping for Help (Part 1), click this line to read. *

The Secret Warehouse 

Each of us lives separately in our own private world----suffering in our own way. Buddhism calls this the hell of loneliness. Do you have someo...

December 10, 2017

Why Do We Feel Alone in Our Life’s Journey? 

The Buddha once said, “If we represent the life of mankind with the season, it would be autumn. The loneliness one feels in one’s life is indescribably deep and it is likened to a bleak autumn day with a cold wintry wind blow...

November 16, 2017

When I was a child, my mother was working at a bank. There was a customer who was hard of hearing and so would communicate with my mother through writing. So my mother developed an interest in learning sign language to at least be able to sign a greeting to her. 

I was...

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