Dharma Card for November
I am not necessarily a wise man;
He is not always an unwise man;
We are all just ordinary people
having evil passions.
There lived a couple of elderly sisters.
When they met on the occasion of their
parent’s memorial service, the elder sister
complained, “I am not happy as my family
always has problems.” Then the younger said, “It may
be so because you are a good person. I am a bad
woman, so my family is living happily.” “How strange?
Why is a good person’s family unhappy?” “Well, as you
think you are right and that the other is wrong, there will
arise a conflict. As for me, I am convinced that I am a
sinful and evil woman, so I cannot judge or criticize others.
That may be why my family has no domestic trouble. All
this comes from the nembutsu, I believe,” said the younger
Shinran Shonin is said to have stated all the time:
“I know nothing at all of good or evil. For I cannot know
that an act is good or evil as thoroughly as Amida Tathagata
knows. I am a mere foolish being full of blind passions.”
He especially revered Prince Shotoku who declared that
all of us are just ordinary people having evil passions.