Dharma Card for August, 2014
Hesitating to hit a mere fly
How my mind wavers!
A pathetic phase of aging.
by Ashiko Kaneda
The above tanka poem was composed by my
father-in-law and it reminds me of Issa’s
Hey, don’t hit the fly;
it’s rubbing its hands and feet
as if to beseech you.
In Buddhism Not to kill living beings is
the top of the five precepts, but how is the
situation of the modern world? “Humanism” does
sound good, but actually it is a thought based
on the egoism of human beings, wishing for the
prosperity of the human race alone. Hence comes out
the notion of “noxious insects, birds, and animals,”
and the invention of agricultural chemicals, which
are hurting the earth.
“Mountains, rivers, grasses, and trees,
all possess the Buddha-nature.”(The Nirvana Sutra)
“Hearing the coos of mountain birds, I take them
as my father and mother.” (Gyoki)
“All sentient beings, without exception,
have been our parents and brothers and
sisters in the course of countless lives
in many sates of existence.” (Shinran)
These Buddhist viewpoints teach us to repent of
our human egoism and seek for peaceful co-existence
with all sentient beings.