Dharma Card for December, 2014
As I am eight years old,
it means I have lived for 29,120 days
If I become eighty years old,
then I will have lived for 29,200 days.
It seems shorter than I expected.
by Hiyori Takeuchi (2nd grader)
Translated from “202 Children”
Wife: How well the child calculates!
Husband: Now that I am more than eighty years old,
it means I have lived for about 30,000 days,
doesn’t it? If we regard our lives in terms
of days, we realize their limitation. I wonder
how many more days I can live from now.
Wife: Cheer up! Well, speaking of calculation, how
many times do you think you have eaten meals so
far? Taking three meals a day for eighty years
means you have eaten 87,600 meals.
Husband: So many? Have I taken so many meals? How much
I owe you! Moreover, how much I owe those lives I
have taken as meals! It is not that I have lived
for eighty years, but I should say I have been
supported to live for that many years! Namuamidabutsu.