Dharma Card for April, 2013
Is it only bamboos in the thicket
or field horsetails in the bank
that live in a mesh of interrelation
in the invisible world?
by Rev. Yoshio Toi
Recently it has been reported that “direct cremation” is increasing
in the urban areas in Japan. When one dies in the hospital, the body
is “directly delivered” to the crematory without any funeral services.
What do they think of a human being’s life?
Nobody was born on his or her own from nothing. Nobody grew
up by his or her self. He or she has been interrelated with and indebted
to his or her parents, brothers and sisters, school teachers, friends,
neighbors, colleagues, officers, and countless people in the society.
Isn’t it a normal human being that leaves this world thanking all of them
for their direct and indirect interactions with him or her? A funeral,
besides being a religious ceremony, is an occasion, I believe, where the
chief mourner should express that gratitude to the related people in place
of the deceased.
I feel apprehensions about the modern trend of Japan that is too
much stuck with isolationism and calculation (pseudo-rationalism).