英語で法話


僧侶「大來尚順」による、英語で読む法話。


Turning Mind


The term “turning mind” is an important teaching in Shin Buddhism. I personally like this term because I believe it expresses one of the essences of the Shin Buddhist Path. “Turning mind” is an English translation for the Japanese word “Eshin” which means to turn our blind passions in the right direction or to have a non-self centered mind.

As long as we live in this world, we are not able to eliminate our blind passions. However, what we can do is realize the truth by skillfully using these blind passions and transform them. This being said, we can be relieved that we don't need to remove ourselves from our blind passions.

One of essential teachings of Shin Buddhism is “be as you are.” However, this does not mean that we should follow our desires as we wish. This is not the correct interpretation of "be as you are." The key point is that we have to face our true nature and accept our self-centered existence. Even if we were to try to control our desires, it's not possible because we are humans who are filled with untiring passions and desires. As a result, we would only suffer more from this uncontrollable reality. However, those who suffer in this manner are precisely the ones who are saved by the Amida Buddha. That's when the Amida Buddha tells us "be as you are.”

The “turning mind” is a path connecting us to Amida Buddha. Let’s treasure this teaching!

In Gassho


浄土真宗の教えの1つに、「回心」(えしん)というものがあります。通常、仏教では「煩悩」というものを断つことが強調されがちですが、浄土真宗では、「煩悩」の根底にある自己中心的な考えを断つのではなく、その矛先を非自己中心的な考え方に転換し、日々の生活を営むことを大切にします。これが「回心」の教えであり、私たちをそのままの姿で大きく包んでくれる浄土真宗の特徴的な教えの一つでもあるのです。


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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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