Dharma Card for October, 201８
A million calls “Cheer up!”
do not console the bereaved so much
as a drop of tears.
Photo by Isamu Tsugo
Elder brother Kiyoshi’s papa passed away and a lot of people came for the
funeral, saying to
him, “You should hold up now,” or “You company expects you a lot.” He had to respond by bowing
so many times that he could not have time to weep.
After they went back, a friendly old lady came. He felt tense expecting another cheer-up, but
she only stroked his head saying, “I know how sad you are.” Hearing her words, Kiyoshi could not
help his tears coming out, and she also wept. It was only the old lady that truly understood his sorrow.
We human beings can live on when we know the Buddha always is with us in his great compassion.