Dharma Card for May, 2019
Harmony is the first to be valued.
Welcoming the first day of the new era “Reiwa” (Auspicious harmony), we
Japanese feel refreshed and hopeful. Dr Susumu Nakanishi, who is the actual
godfather, spoke in a newspaper interview that “wa” reminds him of the first
article of Prince Shotoku’s Seventeen-article Constitution: Harmony is the
first to be valued.
As you may know, Prince Shotoku, becoming the regent of Emperor Suiko,
desired to establish a new national system and firstly enacted a constitution
consisting of seventeen articles in 604. The first article was “Harmony is the
first to be valued,” followed by the second, “The three treasures (Buddha,
Dharma, and Sangha or Priesthood) are to be respected most heartily.” He
distinctly aspired to realize a harmonious country by the spirit of Buddhism,
as he concluded later “The world is delusive; the Buddha alone is true.”
mind of harmony
Let us live a life of the nembutsu