Dharma Card for March, 2015
There is no despair in life;
Whatever life you may live,
you are wished not to despair of yourself.
---by Ms. Hisako Nakamura
Born in Takayama City, Hisako Nakamura started
her long thorny path of life as she had her hands and
feet amputated at the age of three due to her acute
gangrene. However, thanks to her grandmother’s kind
encouragement and her mother’s rigid training aiming
at her dependence, she taught herself a unique way to
do writing, sewing, and knitting without her hands.
At the age of twenty, she entered the entertainment
world withas the draw name of “Tumbler Girl”, and encountered
a great calligrapher Rokuho Oki, who led her to calligraphy,
a heavily handicapped lady Aiko Zako, who impressed her
with perseverance, and the world-famous lecturer Helen
Keller, who hugged and encouraged her, 41 years old then.
The next year she met an earnest Dharma teacher Gaho
Fukunaga, who introduced Tannisho (A Record in Lamment
of Divergences) to her and she came to be a devout nembutsu
person. This changed her life course: she quit theater performance
at the age of 46 and engaged herself in authoring, lecturing,
visiting care houses, which activities brought her an award from
Welfare Ministry when she was 65 years old. Then at the age
of 72 she accomplished her “Life “Without Despair”, on March 19.
Deprived of hands and feet as I am,
How precious this present life of mine is,
Allowed to live thanks to all!