Dharma Card for March, 2011
During our long life there may occur a problem
that we could not solve by any means
however hard we might try.
It is at that time that the true nembutsu
will come out of our mouth.
by Mitsuo Aida
Photo by Isamu Tsugo
We all remember how the whole world heartily cheered over
that miraculous rescue of those 33 miners who had been
entrapped underground for 69 days in Chile. It was reported
that the factors of the success were the unity of the miners
under the command of the leader, the generous support from
the Government, and the technical aids from various countries,
plus another important reason---the mental stability of the people
by religion. They could read the Bible and pray every day there.
When pressed in difficulty, people truly need religion.
A similar story is told in Shan-tao’s parable White Path
and Two Rivers.
A traveler suddenly comes upon a big river of water
and a river of fire (in one channel) blocking his way, and
moreover he sees bands of brigands and wild beasts chasing
him from behind. He is surely in a desperate situation.
“If I turn back now, I die; if I remain, I die; if I go forward, I die,”
he utters, when he hears Shakyamuni Buddha call “You go,”
and Amida Buddha invite saying “Come right away.” So he
decidedly follows the white path of the nembutsu (that is,
he leads a nembutsu life) and reaches the west bank to
be saved finally.
The above sayings seem to tell us that in order for the nembutsu
come true to us, we should hear the Dharma earnestly at each time
thinking that there is no time left for us at present.