Dharma Card for July
Even if you want to live on,
you have to die.
Even if you want to die,
you have to live.
When you forget the life and death,
your life becomes frivolous.
When you are scared of the life and death,
your life become depressed.
When you look straight at the life and death,
your life becomes brightened.
（Photo by Isamu Tsugo）
While coaching the gymnastic club at a junior
high school, Mr. Tomihiro Hoshino had his neck bone
injured and lost the control of his body below the
shoulders, but he has been producing a lot of moving
pictures and poems with a writing brush in his mouth.
One of his poems goes like this.
While I thought life is the most important,
it was a torture for me to live.
On the day when I learned there is something
more important than life,
it became a joy for me to live on.
To live does not merely mean that your body is alive,
for that life will ultimately undergo aging, disease, and death.
Other than such a physical life, a person has a spiritual life which
is expected to leave this delusive realm for enlightenment; the
most important phase. For those who have been awakened to
this truth, their life will be brightened; they will find it a joy to live.