Dharma Card for February, 201

                 If you learn

             in your old age,

              you will not decay

              when you pass away.

                          by Issai Sato

 

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   Issai Sato (1772-1859) was a Confucianist in the latter part of Edo era.
His sayings “Genshibanroku” goes: “If you learn when you are young, you
will succeed in the prime of your life. If you learn in your life prime, you will
not decline when you are old. If you learn in your old age, you will not decay
when you pass away.”               

To decay means to end your life in vain. It is said that when you get old
and silly, you will be concerned only of wild passions like greed, anger, and
grumbling. So, if you go on like that to death, it will be a decay or an end
of life in vain.                

To learn in your old age does not mean to study difficult subjects, but
to learn the great compassion of Amida Buddha. If you are imbued with the
power of the nembutsu, you will be placed in the established stage to become
a Buddha. The final purpose of your life will be fulfilled; no decay at all.