Dharma Card of April, 2007

 

       (The Buddha said, “I appeared in the world)

 In order to save Gunmo

or nameless-grass-like multitudes of beings

by endowing them with the true benefit.”

                                     ---Larger Sutra

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   Around this time of year when young green grasses come out,

I am reminded of the term “Gunmo” or multitudes of beings

like nameless grasses.

   “Gunmo are the grasses that grow thick,” so I wrote in the

first volume of the Gunmo (Dharma pamphlet) which was

founded 43 years ago.  To us, like field grasses that cannot

bloom with big and brilliant flowers, the sun in the grand sky shines

and mother earth produces heat to make us grow.  Both

earnestly wish us to be awakened to the true significance of

our lives that were bestowed through wondrous channels of

evolution.

   To realize the intrinsic value of one’s life is to have deep

insight into the wonders of life.  It is invaluable because our

once-and-for-all life in this world is to be led to enlightenment

and is charged with the Amida Buddha’s strong vow to save

us.  Namuamidabutsu is nothing but His exertion to awaken

us to that realization, hence it is the “true benefit.”

    “Oh, the green of the grass,

     it is the token

     of the immense value of life.”

       (The last stanza of my  poem, taken from

        Gunmo no Mezame or The Realizations of Gunmo,

       Hozokan)