Dharma Card for July, 2010


    If you don’t make the most of your only self,

   if you don’t make your one-time life truly worth living,       

   your life as a human being will end in vain, won’t it?

                                                                    by Yuzo Yamamoto


   Goichi was in the second year of the upper primary school

(the sixth grade today) and longed to go to secondary school, but

his family was too poor.  Probably from that underlying discontent

and directly from a casual argument with his friends for a boyish feat,

he dared to hang from a tie of the iron bridge and eventually stopped

the on-coming train.

   His teacher Mr.Tsugino admonished him saying the above-quoted

saying which is regarded as a famous, wise statement from Novelist

Yuzo Yamamoto’s Robo no Ishi (A Roadside Stone).

   To make the most of one’s one-time life, to make your life truly

worth living---this is the most essential life-task for everyone. You

are inwardly asked “What were you born for?”

   Shakyamuni Buddha declared that he was born to propagate

Amida Buddha’s Original Vows and Shinran Shonin realized that

the purpose of one’s life on the earth is to entrust oneself to the

Original Vow, say the nembutsu, and become a Buddha.  He also

made much of the state of “Shojoju” (those who are certain to attain

enlightenment) in the present life when you are given Shinjin from the


   It is this kind of life that certainly deserves what is currently called

“Ningenjoju” (accomplishment of human life), isn’t it?