Dharma Card for March, 2009

 

     I entered this primary school

        a long time ago

     I will soon graduate from it

     This school teaches me very attentively

        throughout the course

                            by Eiichi Enomoto

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  March is the season for graduation in Japan and

I happened to encounter Mr. Eiichi Enomot’s poem.

It was composed at his age of 77, I hear.  

Probably you have understood what he means by

saying “I will soon graduate from it.”  We have various

experiences in life and they teach us many things. Life

teaches us “attentively”, but it is possible only when we

are aware that we are “being taught.”

   As a youth, Mr. Enomoto heard the Dharma from

Rev. Chion Matsubara and that experience opened

his eye to the fact that life is a “primary school” where

everybody goes.  In this world there are some students

who are failed at school, but in this primary school there

are no failures; all are “graduated” from it.

   Incidentally, how much one has been taught there and

how much one has learned from it differs from person to

person.

   It is hoped that we will continue to study the most

important subject till we graduate.

 

    Nightingale calling

        “Hokikeyo” (Hear Dharma)

What a sweet voice!    

                             ---Taken from Ven. Rennyo

 

(Note: Ven. Rennyo took a nightingale’s call as “Hokikeyo”

        ---“Ho” means Dharma; “kikeyo” means “Why not hear.”

---from Tales of the Eighth Hosshu Rennyo

 Noted by Kuzen )

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