Every morning, Rev. Yuki Sugahara of the Oregon Buddhist Temple
produces a live video about Jodo Shinshu Buddhism. He has done this
every day since the end of March 2020. He has talked about the Letters of
Rennyo (Gobunsho), the Jodo Wasan, and (at the time I am writing this),
the Koso Wasan.
On Sept. 13, he talked about the seven calamities mentioned in the
Lotus Sutra. These calamities are: fire, water, evil demons, weapons,
ghosts, imprisonment, and thieves and bandits. Shinran Shonin makes
reference to Master Saicho’s lesson on dealing with the seven calamities
and how this helped to promote the Nembutsu path in Japan.
In this column and in next month’s column, I talk about the five