Dharma Card for March, 2012
My illness has made me aware
for the first time
How blue the sky is!
How high the sky is!
How large the sky is!
---by Rev. Gen’yo Naomi
Looking at these Dharma words on the
bulletin board, a middle-aged lady came into
“Is this poem composed by yourself?”
“Yes. I got the impression when I was
released from the hospitalization.”
“Impressed by your sense, I would like to
ask for your advice. As a matter of fact, I
am a pharmacist working in a hospital.
I was diagnosed as having a bad cancer and
my life will end in three months. I have arranged
my belongings and the like since then. However,
I cannot arrange my mind,” she said to
Rev. Naomi with a serious look. Then, she
queried: “What was I born for?”
He replied, “Shakyamuni Buddha preached that he
was born to reveal Amida Buddha’s Original Vow,
and Shinran Shonin stated that we were born to
hear the Original Vow.”
Even in her hospitalization, he visited her often and
she finally passed away. Her will to her family was
“Everybody, please hear the Dharma before it’s too
late.” She got it in time, to his relief!
Think well in your life time,
After your life, it will be a regret.
---Myokonin Okaru of Mutsurejima