Dharma Card for May, 2013
Trying to “calculate” (hakarau)
His immeasurable Compassion,
In vain after all,
Only to be saved by His great design.
---by Kazuo Shima
Painted by Miyoko Tsutsumi
“Hakarau” in Japanese is to think and weigh this way and that
trying to decide the right judgment of a matter, and the term
is used both on the side of
us believers and the Buddha.
In our daily lives we calculate all the time; when we are presented
a gift, we try to calculate the value; when we see a death notice of
our friend, we calculate about an obituary gift (money).
Besides money, we calculate how long this work will take, or what
he (she) is thinking of me.
Thus, the mind to “hakarau” or “caluculate” is rooted deep in our
However, there is a matter that we forget to calculate; we do not
calculate our own nature which is the most important for us. If it
were put on the computer, what results would come out? The Buddha
has seen through our nature, and that is why He completed the Original
Vow of great compassion. If you hear the true Dharma and realize His
great calculation or design, you will not dare to meddle with His
your petty calculation but, rather, entrust yourselves to His great and perfect