Dharma Card for December
Those who are to die
do not have to be prepared for it;
Prepared is the
who end without determination, isn’t it?.
---by Rev. Gan’ei Ohgi
Mr. A: I’m stuck, Go’inju-san (Pastor). The doctor told me that
I have cancer; it’s spread here and there!
Jushoku (Priest): Did he? Why you look so well.
Mr. A: I have made up my mind, though. I have heard so well
that we must accept the sufferings of birth, aging, illness,
medicine around, so I hope you will get well. Cheer up!
Mr. A: (Smiling) Will I? Well, I don’t want to die, to tell you the
Jushoku: That’s natural; we can’t blame you. Look, here (above) is the
remark by Reverend Ohgi. Even if you are not prepared to die,
Amida Buddha understands it wholly. Tannisho goes, “At the
moment our karmic bonds to this Saha world run out and helplessly
we die, we nembutsu persons will go to that land.”
Mr. A: How deep His Compassion is!