Dharma Card for December, 2016             

 

Conversion

I loved my own self;

I lived only for that purpose.

Since such a life became a deep sorrow for me;

Quite a different world has been opened for me.

                                Shosaku Asada

                                Kotsudo wo Iku

  Photo by Isamu Tsugo

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“Ah, that’s his fault. He did this and that…”  When a problem
arises, people tend to rebuke other persons, but do not touch
their own selves. This tendency is called “ego-attachment” in
Buddhism, which implies “I am right,” “I will do as I intend,” and
“I love myself first of all.” All this is the root of our
delusion.

   “Inheritance division goes: nobody receiving the mother.”
This is an ironic sketch of the modern ego-attachment.

   The home altar is the sacred site where you place yourself
before it, reflect yourself and find how deeply you are soaked
in ego-attachment, and you know you are illuminated by the
Buddha’s light. When you look up at the image of Amida Buddha
and say the nembutsu, you feel “a different world” from the
ego-centered daily life. When you listen to the dharma deeply,
there is the vast world of Great Compassion open to you.