Dharma Card for January, 201８
What is the Happiest
in the New Year
is the Nembutsu.
A Happy New Year
The 30th Year of Heisei
The 2561st Year of Buddha’s Nirvana
Kubutsu or Ven. Koen Ohtani (1875-1943) was the 23rd
Chief Abbot of Higashi Honganji Temple, famous as a haikuist
and painter. He composed more than 20000 haiku in his life.
His haiku above implies that as it is a great joy for us to be
able to sit and worship in front of the Buddha on the New
Year’s day, we should say the nembutsu, the most important
practice as a Buddhist.
I sincerely hope our Dharma relationship will be deepened
for this year.
（"Kimyo-jinjippo-mugeko-butsu" brush-penned by Ven Koei Fuji)