On November 23, 2018, His Eminence Monshu Kojun Ohtani delivered a dharma message at the Hongwanji’s annual Perpetual Memorial and Autumn Service.
In his message, Gomonshu-sama summarized his thoughts in a four verse piece titled OUR PLEDGE.
It is Gomonshu-sama’s hope that these verses will be read and shared at various services and gatherings, especially among young and new members, so that we may bring religion closer to our everyday lives.
Breaking out of my shell
I will share a warm smile and speak gentle words
Just like the kind Buddha.
Not becoming lost in my greed, anger, and ignorance
I shall think and act with an open-mind
Just like the calm and peaceful Buddha
Not putting myself first
I will share in the joy and sadness of others
Just like the compassionate Buddha
Realizing the gift of life I have received
I shall strive to live each day to its fullest
Like the Buddha who tirelessly works to liberate all.