Dharma Card for April, 2012

 

       The Tohoku Earthquake;

       Evidence of life ought to be given

       Even to the fetus in her womb

       By Dharma name.

 

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   In Rikuzentakada City, Iwate Prefecture, Arika Kozuchi (24 yrs. then) was

victimized by the Tohoku Earthquake with an 8-month babe in her womb, and 
his husband Jun’ichi Kozuchi is thinking of asking for a Dharma name for the 
little life on the occasion of the first anniversary service. … Arika’s body was 
found on May 11 last year, just two months from the calamity. When the body
was cremated three days later, there remained a small number of tiny bones
around her belly.  The baby really was trying to live there with all its might,”
contemplates Jun’chi. (The Tokyo Mainichi Evening News, Feb. 15, 2012.)

I was deeply impressed with this article.

 

   A Dharma name starts with “Shaku” of “Shakyamuni Buddha”, implying

that the Dharma-named person is to tread the way towards the Buddhist

enlightenment. All people born are the children of the Buddha. They

should be given a Dharma name each while living, and the destination of

their lives will become settled.

   There was a certain famous doctor who had his dear wife cremated

without a funeral or a Dharma name due to his irreligious view.

What a sad contrast!