Dharma Card for January, 2009
Shining on the blind and ignorant of the world.
---Hymn of the Pure Land
A Happy New Year
21st Year of Heisei (2009)
“Human life is a mountain of treasures, but in the darkness
you will only stumble on the treasures.” This Dharma phrase
once impressed me very much.
Miraculously we were born as humans, so isn’t it a true
treasure in life to make the most of our precious lives, realizing
what we were born for?
To find the treasure, we need the forerunners’ guide or light.
If we try to find the treasure with our own finite thought or under-
standing alone, we will only trip over it. What we hate or take
as a nuisance might be nothing but a treasure.
“Getting into the treasure mountain and coming back with an
empty hand” is a folly, indeed, to be regretted.
Why not make this a year of Dharma hearing and Light seeking?