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?