Tsukiji Hongwanji temple has published the March issue of "Tsukiji Hongwanji Shimpo", a monthly magazine. You can read it online. my.ebook5.net
My column on the relationship between Rakugo and Buddhism is in the issue. I wrote this column about a Rakugo "Tennoji-Mairi" (Visiting and worshipping at the Tennoji temple). Tennoji does not belong to the Jodo Shinshu sect, however, we can find some facilities relating to the sect.
Would you like to learn about Buddhism through Rakugo? At this event, Mr. KOKONTEI Shinjaku performs a Rakugo "Daku-Daku" (An onomatopoeia of flowing liquid). Then, I will talk about imagination.
We hold the event on March 22 at 7:00 p.m. We stream it, and you can watch the video after the event.
This information is in the March issue of "TOKYO KAWARABAN", a monthly magazine on Rakugo, and more.
You can book it on the website of the Tsukiji Hongwanji Ginza Salon.
On X (formerly Twitter), I sometimes see people who are being blamed by many people for their posts. However, it seems that they do not care about the blame and continue to post. I wonder how they can stand the blame. I think it is because some people support them even though the number is small.
The supporters encourage us, however, they can lead us to miss opportunities to improve ourselves.
February 15 is the Nirvana Day. Tradition says that the Buddha passed away on February 15. His teaching has been succeeded for about 2500 years. Thus, we can listen to Buddhism even now. We should appreciate the Buddha and those who have succeeded in his teaching. tokyo-hongwanji.jp
Tsukiji Hongwanji temple has published the February issue of "Tsukiji Hongwanji Shimpo," a monthly magazine. You can read it online.
This issue features "Why do Buddist temples have graveyards?" Buddhism has had a close relationship with graveyards since ancient India.
My column on the relationship between Rakugo and Buddhism is in the issue. I wrote this column about a Rakugo "Kagekiyo," a samurai commander's name in Japan in the 12th century. A tradition says he made himself blind after a war. The story of the Rakugo is that a blind man worshiped at a Buddhist temple to wish to recover his sight. We often abuse others when we don't get our wish. Is that what we should do?
On January 25, I visited the Komyoji temple at Sakae ward, Yokohama. It held a regular service on the day. At the service, I performed a Rakugo "Tenshiki" (What is tenshiki? Please listen to the Rakugo) and had a dharma talk. I appreciate this opportunity.
First, a story of “Tenshiki” is following;
When a head priest was examined by a doctor, the head priest pretended to know tenshiki though he did not. Later, a boy priest asked the doctor what tenshiki was. But, the boy priest told the head priest incorrectly intentionally. So, the head priest was put to shame.
Next, I talked about recognizing our ignorance. In this Rakugo, the head priest pretended to know tenshiki. It means that he rejected his ignorance. When we see our ignorance, we feel bad. However, it means your judge has improved. I can compare it with a messy room. When the room is dark, we overlook the mess. When it is luminous, we see the mess. There is no difference between the both regarding the mess. The luminous shows you the mess. Likewise, recognizing our ignorance means we have already been able to judge things better than ever.
First, Mr. SANSHOTEI Karyuu performed a Rakugo "Ikuyo-mochi". In this Rakugo, a man wanted to meet Ikuyo, a courtesan of Yoshiwara, a licensed quarters. It needed too high a cost for him to meet her. So, he worked very hard to save money. He managed to meet her. Then, he confessed his sincerity to her. It moved her mind. Finally, they got married and began a rice cake shop. The rice cake was named "Ikuyo-mochi" after her name. It came to be popular.
Next, I talked about sincerity. Shinran Shonin, the founder of Shin Buddhism, a Buddhist sect, said that we do not have sincerity. On the other hand, he also said that the essence of our mind is pure. What does it mean? Originally, we do not have sincerity. However, Buddha's enlightenment fills with everywhere, including our mind. Thus, we all contain sincerity given by Buddha. We become modest when recognizing our original mind. We become confident when recognize we contain sincerity. It is important to realize them both.