It’s now Sakura season in Japan. I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful Sakura this year. Sakura is not only the national flower of Japan but it also represents so much in the hearts of all Japanese. The most well-known current day meaning probably represents "encountering and leaving." This modern day association came about because we observe school graduations and school entrance ceremonies during the Sakura season.
However, one of the eternal truths that the fragile Sakura teach us is that nothing remains the same; everything is impermanent, just as the beautiful Sakura petals fall one after another.
Our lives are ever fragile and fleeting just like the Sakura. Therefore, we should focus on this present moment that we are indeed living now. We must enjoy the feeling of life and vitality that we can receive right now. Everything has meaning, but whether it becomes meaningful or not, is dependent on how WE understand it.
Furthermore, to be exact, we are not living, but we are sustained to live, we are allowed to exist and live. Let’s live each precious moment with appreciation and gratitude for the multitude of conditions, sacrifices and the unseen/unrealized which make this moment of our life possible. With such an understanding of our existence, the Sakura might tell you another truth, more treasured than its beauty…
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浄土真宗本願寺派 大見山 超勝寺 衆徒。翻訳家。ハーバード大学 神学部研究員を修了し、帰国。現在は、執筆活動や通訳・翻訳を通して、日本仏教を世界に弘める活動をしています。