Dharma Card for August, 2010
When you have come to say the nembutsu
through experiencing the loss of your kin
or friend, the deceased becomes a Buddha.
by Rev. Shizuka Miyagi
It is popularly said that when a person dies, he or
she will become a Buddha, but since Shinran says in
his letter that birth into the
calculation or design of us foolish beings, and that
entrusting yourself and all with the Buddha’s Original
Vow is the Other Power way, it is within His power
whether the person is born there and becomes a Buddha.
It is beyond our foolish beings’ meddling or judgment.
The question is how you take your loved one’s death.
As you gaze at the quiet dead body, his or her whole life
and relations with you will be recalled in your memory like
a revolving lantern. He or she must have had their own
hardships in life, you think. Each body is quietly revealing
what he or she has undergone in life.
Some people may have sought for the Dharma deeply, and
others may have had little to do with Buddhism. There are various
people. It is only when you have found yourself saying the nembutsu
through their death that they are respected as a Buddha who guides
you to Buddhism.