Dharma Card for February
Oh, those matters of this saha world,
What could we do with them?
Why not recite the Nembutsu?
---Rev. Jun’en Kameyama
During the year-end and new year
time, a couple of my relatives and friendly
acquaintances passed away to my grief still now.
On such an occasion, my uncle Jun’en’s words
ring in my ear; he used to say so with his local
“Bereavement by the beloved, meeting with those hated,
seeing one’s own aging proceed, having to visit hospitals,
putting up with the economic depression--- these take place
because we are in this saha world. The Sanskrit “saha” means
the world where we have to endure, you know. Could any
human knowledge solve those problems thoroughly?
We cannot but endure those sufferings. What can we
do otherwise? Hence the Nembutsu. It is the power and
wisdom that enables us to accept those sufferings. Why not
recite the Nembutsu together? Namu…, Namu…”
As a youth, I used to reject his idea of escapist Nembutsu,
but now his words ring true to my heart.