Dharma Card for December, 2015



However often it may be spilled,

it will not be lessened.

What is it?

(Hint: When “mouth”(kuchi) is “voiced” (nigoru),

      it turns this.)

Photo by Isamu Tsugo                               


The above is the quiz I asked the Sunday School children. A sixth grader,

after thinking for a few minutes, answered rightly: “Guchi (grumbling).”

Originally guchi is a Buddhist word meaning “stupidity” or “ignorance” in

terms that ordinary people are so much deluded by their own wild passions
that they cannot see the truth, but later in daily usage guchi has come to
mean grumbling about what cannot be retrieved by doing so.

   Grumbling is a characteristic of human beings; animals do not grumble.
People grumble because they have a wish to escape from such a plight in
the depth of their mind. Therefore, in the practice of counseling it is
important to recognize that wish in the story of grumbling; the counselor
is a listener to the grumbling and a recognizer of the underlying wish.

   Amida Buddha is a great counselor.  In the nembutsu He listens and
says, “Well, well, I understand how you have been,” and embraces and
soothes the grumbler, saying, “So you entrust yourself to me in the
nembutsu.”  He gives us the “wisdom that changes grumbling into gratitude
of being saved.”