Dharma Card for January
His Light is like a cloud;
It has no hindrances
Like open sky.
---Shinran’s note to his hymn
Greetings for the New Year
2010 (Western Calendar)
2553 (Buddhist Calendar)
22nd of Heisei (Japanese Calendar)
The above is Shinran Shonin’s left-side note
in kana to his hymn starting with “The cloud of
light is unhindered, like open sky” (the sixth of
the Hymns of the Pure Land). Amida Buddha’s
light is not hindered even by any evil passions or
karma, but breaks through their darkness with
wisdom and finally saves them with compassion.
When you are illuminated by the light, all such
hindrances (“sawari”) of yours as “mezawari”
(hindrances to your eye or eyesores), “mimizawari”
(hindrances to your ear or ear grating), “kizawari”
(hindrances to your mind or offences), etc. will be
clearly shown up. Moreover, you will be taught by the
Unhindered Light that such hindrances originate from
your own sentiment against what opposes you and
that the problem is rooted on your own side.
Professor emeritus Masahiro Mori of Tokyo Institute
of Technology has a unique opinion that you can succeed
thanks to what opposes you as you can transmit electricity
thanks to insulators that do not conduct it, or that oppose it,
so to speak.
When the cause of your hindrances is revealed like this, your
sticky mood will be solved naturally. Such is the unconceivable
power of the Unhindered Light.