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        Dharma Card for September

 

    Attracted by the power

of the Great Being,

how unsteady my footsteps have been!

                     Takeko Kujo

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   September 1 is Disaster Prevention Day in Japan in

memory of the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 which

devastated the city of Tokyo and I am reminded of Lady

Takeko Kujo.  Born as the second daughter of Myonyo,

the 21st Abbot of the Nishi Hongwan-ji sect of Jodo Shinshu

Buddhism, she founded the Buddhist Women's Association

and Kyoto Women’s School and College. Soon after suffering

from the earthquake herself, she devoted herself to the relief

work of the quake-injured persons and orphans founding Asoka

Hospital and to the reconstruction of Tsukiji Hongwanji Temple

which was razed to the ground.

   With all those remarkable achievements, she reflects in the

Nembutsu mind that they were the results of her being guided

by the Great Power of the Buddha, not of her own efforts.

   What are we guided by in our daily life?  By the desire for money

or fame? Or by the emotions of love and hate?  Or are we just

spending time aimlessly?

   How desirable it will be for us to lead a peaceful and steady life

under the guidance of the Great Being!