Reverend’s Blog

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.

Our Pledge

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.

私たちのちかい

一、自分の殻(から)に閉じこもることなく

穏(おだ)やかな顔と優しい言葉を大切にします

微笑(ほほえ)み語りかける仏さまのように

一、むさぼり、いかり、おろかさに流されず

しなやかな心と振る舞いを心がけます

心安らかな仏さまのように

一、自分だけを大事にすることなく

人と喜びや悲しみを分かち合います

慈悲(じひ)に満ちみちた仏さまのように

一、生かされていることに気づき

日々に精一杯(せいいっぱい)つとめます

人びとの救いに尽くす仏さまのように