Dharma Card for August, 2009
Money is what you save up and leave behind;
Karmic sin is what you commit and carry with you;
Dharma is what you do not hear, and so you fall.
---from Dharma Bulletin
In the Himotoki-no-gosho (New Year’s Message) written
by Ven. Enjun, the 17th Chief Abbot of the Shin Buddhist Takada
Sect, a remarkable sentence goes: ”How fearful the unseen
witness by the Kusho (gods) is!” Kusho are a couple of gods
from your birth while sitting on your shoulders. The male named
Domyo (Same Name), sitting on your left shoulder, records all
good deeds done by you, and the female god Dosho (Same
Life), on your right shoulder, makes notes of all evil deeds in
your life. When you are taken in front of Yama, King of Hell,
the pair of gods show your life records to him and
he judges you.
If our daily life is being so closely watched and so minutely
registered by unseen gods, it surely is a serious problem. We
are naturally induced to take a peep into our own register book.
In Buddhism an accumulation of such deeds is called karma
and if we are pulled by evil karma, we are said to go to Hell.
According to Shinran Shonin, we will be born in the
of Light and become a Buddha by our karmic-consciousness
of shinjin (faith) as the inner cause*. Here he implies that
shinjin (faith) will be imbued into our karmic soul.
Now it must be self-evident how important it is to hear Dharma.
(*Note: Shinran mentions the Name and Light of Amida Buddha
as the outer cause of one’s birth. When the inner and
outer causes emerge, one realizes the true body in the