“It is because we realize how we have come to know Three Treasures that we really appreciate the immeasurable depth of our encounter, our karmic meeting.” Head Priest.
“We recognize and respect others. Henceforth we discover ourselves, other people and the land on which we live.” Senior priest at the temple.
“Hearing the expressions of thanks uttered by those priests who had just received the transmission of the traditional ceremonial service to Amida Buddha (Kokushikidenju), made me understand the true meaning of the way in which the Head Priest has very humbly been serving the Buddha face to face.” Dharma friend at Kasugayama.
“When we sincerely desire to listen to the Dharma and understand who we are by listening to all Buddhas, our Dharma friends, talking to us, all this fulfills the activity of benefiting oneself and benefiting others. The essence of the Samgha lies in this fact.” Head Priest.
“It took a certain amount of courage to speak about my innermost thoughts at Dharma meetings. I was greatly relieved, however, to find all of you accepting these problems as if they were your own. I feel that the words voiced in tonight’s talk, ‘[Buddhas] become one with sentient beings by softening their glorious light’ constitute the skilful means, the working of great love and compassion, of you who are all Buddhas.” Young woman.
“Having undergone the chomon (introspection session), I feel very strongly that our Samgha is a place where the more deeply I become aware of my karma, the more love and compassion I find myself receiving.” Young Dharma friend living in a taya house.
“There is a much loved horse called Haruurara whose popularity has been increasing every time it loses a race. Last December the horse became enormously celebrated when it recorded its hundredth successive defeat! Rennyo Shonin states, ‘You should attain faith by yielding to others. It is only by receiving the Buddha’s great love and compassion that you can acknowledge defeat in logic and overcome your feelings of obstinacy.’ What a wonderful message that it is when we attain faith by yielding to others that we receive the Buddha’s merits.” Senior priest at the temple.
“There is a Western proverb, ‘Men control the world and women control men’. Is this the reason why [for Prince Shotoku] his wife, mindful of wisdom, was Mahastamaprapta Bodhisattva？” Senior priest at the temple.
“If, despite the amount of times you meet together, you remain unable to encounter the workings of the nembutsu, that is a very serious matter. You should not find yourself satisfied merely with the warmth of the meetings or the bright atmosphere of the Samgha. Diligence in service to the Buddha, infinite joy beyond this world and the purity of the Pure Land should also be manifest.” Head Priest.
“Even if we see people as true children, those who have never been awakened to ‘true parenthood’ will only revert to their original parental relationship, restricted by selfish love and affection.” Venerable Daigyoin Reion Takehara’s Dharma words.