It is almost the end of the year 2021. Our lives changed drastically last year and we are gradually adjusting ourselves to the new normal.
But I really hope that we are able to go back to the temple without any worries and listen to the teachings together and share laughter. Especially, in regards to guest speaking, it is really convenient that we are able to hold services online and ask ministers to guest speak, but I hope this will not become our “new normal” since I love traveling and seeing other places!
This year marked my 10th year as a Kaikyoshi minister and my 25th year as Jodo Shinshu minister. I cannot believe that it has been that long, but Okagesamade, because of the support of many lives, I have been able to be here.
I feel like my children Aoi and Hikaru were just born, but now they are 9 and 5 years old. I am really starting to understand the expression “Time flies!” In less than five years, my daughter will be a teenager and I cannot believe how time quickly passes by.
Anyway, since the pandemic, I am streaming services every morning and working on some English translations from Japanese writings regarding Jodo Shinshu teachings.
This is my quick translation from the writing by the late Rev. Jitsuen Kakehashi (1927-2014), “Shinran Shonin no Oshie Mondo-shu” (“The Teaching of Shinran Shonin: Questions and Answers”) from “Daihorinkaku publications,” pages 230-231, 2011.