Dharma Card for February, 2011
I keep a few killifishes. Mom and I are working very
hard to keep them, but they cannot be with us for all our lives.
Living things of any kind are not death free, so you know,
however kindly we care them or however hard we cheer them
up, they will die in time. Therefore, killifishes will die when they
get old. Our killifishes are three years old now, so two of them
are dead. I am sad.
First grader T．T．
At the New Year’s party of our Ohji Sunday School,
I introduced to the school kids a famous Japanese
ABC (Iroha) poem which even expresses the important
Buddhist thought (transient and therefore deluded life;
transcendence and enlightenment)
i ro ha ni ho he to chi ri nu ru wo
wa ka yo ta re so tsu ne na ra mu
u i no o ku ya ma ke fu ko e te
a sa ki yu me mi shi e hi mo se su
(Colorful flowers are all to fall;
Who could be here forever?
Let us awake ourselves from vain dreams
To go beyond the delusion to enlightenment.)
In accordance with the poem I introduced the above
composition on “Killifishes’ Life.” It is really a marvelous
thing that a first grader realized the transiency of life in such
a way. Aren’t you moved by his true cry “however hard we
cheer them up”?
February 15 is the day of Shakyamuni Buddha’s nirvana (death).