New Year’s Greeting from Gomonshu Kojun Ohtani
At the beginning of this New Year, I would like to extend my warmest greetings to you all.
Last year, Japan was hit by frequent natural disasters like torrential rains, typhoons and earthquakes. Other countries, including Indonesia and the United States, were also visited by devastating earthquakes, tsunamis and major hurricanes. Furthermore, the California wildfires last November turned out to be the deadliest in the state’s history, taking the lives of many, while others continue to be missing, and a great deal of people were forced to evacuate their homes. I would like to convey my deepest condolences to those who lost their lives through the natural disasters and express my sympathy to everyone affected. We must also never forget that armed conflicts and terror attacks as well as severe starvation is making it difficult to live and lives are being lost every day.
Message from the Bishop
As we welcome the year 2019, I wish you a very Happy New Year under the guiding light of Amida Tathagata. Let us continue to listen to the Compassionate Vow of Amida Buddha.
Shinran Shonin truly appreciated the karmic conditions that led him to the Nembutsu teaching. As we reflect on our own life journey, I am sure each of us has a person or people who influenced us to hear the dharma. They might be our parents, grandparents, siblings, spouses, friends, ministers, or historical figures. Whoever they might be, let us express our deepest appreciation to ones who have brought us to the teaching.
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Encountering the Buddha
In the beginningless, endless flow of time, you meet the Buddha but once.
Therefore, discard your worldly attachments and receive the Dharma.
We are all sinking in the sea of suffering and our deprived minds tremble in fear.
But the Buddha with his compassion shows us the Realm of Purity.
In each ray of light, innumerable Buddhas reside, who by countless means work tirelessly to save us all.