“My heart was at peace when I learned about the Law of Cause and Effect” says Kuniko Nishida from Yatsushiro City in Kumamoto Prefecture (photo) who participated in Aprilʼs SeiGohonzon Ceremony. Eight years ago Kunikoʼs son got sick and then her husband was diagnosed with an incurable disease. “Why me?” asked tormented Kuniko. She asked a faith healer to exorcise the evil spirits from her. She also
sought help from a fortune-telling group called Takashima Ekidan, a fortune-telling based on the number of strokes of Chinese character in oneʼs name as well as others. She also went to Hayaokikai (Early Rising Group) but nothing changed. In May of last year she started listening to Buddhism thanks to a flyer about a Buddhist lecture in Yatsushiro city. “I was frightened and anxious because I didnʼt understand what the cause of my destiny was. But my life changed in a positive way when I knew that my destiny was determined by my own deeds,” she said with a smile. Kuniko now invites her family and relatives to listen to Buddhist lectures which she started to hold in February at her house and they listen seriously to Buddhism all together.
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The Last Stage of My Life is the Happiest Time
Missionary, Yutaka Tokaichi
I have heard that when elderly people go to a hospital or some institution, they donʼt need to prepare meal nor put aside the dishes anymore, leading a life of watching TV and nothing else. Then they grow senile.
However surprisingly, Shinran followers are living strongly. At the age of 90, Toshiko Sakae is living in a nursing home, however, she doesnʼt miss the morning and evening chants. She studies the Buddhist doctrine and she reads Petals of Shinran enthusiastically every day, with joyful feelings as if she were listening to Takamori Senseiʼs lecture. “I didnʼt expect such a happy time would be waiting for me at the last stage of my life. I feel a great sense of gratitude toward Amida Buddha because he gave me the time to focus on Buddhism alone,” she said. “People who live at hospitals or institutions and donʼt know Buddhism usually lead a lonely or sad life. However, I realized that people who live their lives as Shinran followers can take pride in their life and know they are happy people who can go towards the light.”
Source: The Buddhist Village Times #17 | 2012, My Life Has Changed in a Positive Way Due to the Law of Cause and Effect
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The Buddhist Village Times #17