Dharma Card for May, 2015
Taking care of her baby,
Preparing our meals
Washing our clothes,
Shopping and cleaning,
Even doing a side job, too,
“Wow, what a lot!”
Mom is filled with work;
Mom will be broken down.
---by a first grader Mitsuru Sato
from Kodomo no Fuaki Me
Haiku Picture by Miyoko Tsutsumi
In Japan, May 5 is Children’s Day and May 10
(Second Sunday) is Mother’s Day. The relationship
between the mother and the children is deeper than
anything else. From the pregnancy, to the birth, nursing,
and raising, from the nursery or kindergarten to elementary
school,….and to college, yet then finding employment, etc.,
the she works enthusiastically for her child.
Such mother’s love is intelligible to her children, even
to a first grader. We adults, too, were all brought up by
such mothers’ care, as is expressed in the following tanka
☆On the examination’ day,
softly grasping a pencil Mom sharpened for me,
I feel ready for it. (Kazumi Nagata, Osaka)
☆Every time I call Mom
worrying about her conditions,
the call ends up with her worry about me.
(Masahiko Kano, Chiba Pref.)
Ven. Genshin called Amida Budda “The Most Compassionate
Mother.” Let us thank our living mothers or deceased mothers,
….without forgetting the days of their death.