Dharma Card for May
I was born into this world
Without having anything in hand;
I will leave it for ever
Without having anything in hand.
This and that which I take as my own
Are all what I have borrowed;
I have nothing at all of my own.
---Rev. Harumi Osa
Henbit: Photo by Isamu Tsugo
Physically speaking, Rev. Osa is right. It is really
foolish to stick to “myself” or “my own belongings”. They
are all that I have borrowed and so I have to return.
You may ask what will become of our lives then; what
will remain? When we think of those who have passed away,
we remember various things they said and did. Our words
and deeds have been facts; we cannot deny them. That is
what Buddhism calls ‘karma.’ We will surely die and go without
any physical things in hand, but we cannot deny our karma.
Buddhist sutras tell that this karma is sure to draw us to good
or evil existences
What karma have I accumulated so far? What if I have
no other karma than evil? What if Namuamidabutsu, the
Greatest Vow Power of Amida Buddha did not work to save
us beings of deep karmic sin?