英語で法話


僧侶「大來尚順」による、英語で読む法話。


No Hindrance


This month many Shin Buddhists will observe the HO-ON-KO service which is the special service held to commemorate the memorial day when Shinran Shonin, the founder of Jodo Shinshu or Shin Buddhism passed away. Observing Hoonko is an opportunity for us to reflect on our way of life and to offer our gratitude to Shinran Shonin for the wonderful teaching he left to us.

One of Shinran's great sayings is “Nembutsu is the path of no hindrance.” Nembutsu is to recite the name of Amida Buddha, but the term also means Shinran Shonin’s way of life that he realized through the many hardships and struggles he confronted in his life which allowed him to come to the great realization as this saying signifies.

What Shinran was emphasizing here is that nothing nor no one can obstruct the true life of Nembutsu. Unfortunately, what hinders one’s Nembutsu life is oneself! That is, one’s heart is swallowed by one’s blind passion and this is the great obstacle preventing us from living a true and real life. However, we should not place blame on others for this shortcoming. If one cannot live with the teaching of Nembutsu, it's because of one’s own weak heart and self-centered mind.

Nembutsu life is a great liberating freedom as long as one can take responsibility for one's life. Shinran Shonin expressed this human dignity through his way of life. During this month when we remember our great teacher, Shinran Shonin, let us reflect on Shinran Shonin’s life and the wonderful message he brought to this world for us.

In Gassho


無碍


無碍とは、「碍(障)りが無い」と書き下します。つまり、「妨害するものはない」という意味です。では何をか?ということになりますが、それは阿弥陀さまのはたらきかけ、そして私たちの歩む念仏の生活です。これらには何一つ妨害はありません。あるとすれば、それは私たちの内側にある煩悩なのです。


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大來尚順(おおぎしょうじゅん)プロフィール
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。


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