The great Gensha once invited a court official to tea. After customary greetings, the official said, “I do not wish to squander this opportunity of spending some time in the presence of so great a Master. Tell me, what does it mean when they say that in spite of our having it in our daily life we do not see it?”
Gensha offered the man a piece of cake. Then he served him his tea. After eating and drinking, the official, (more…)
JAMBO contributed 10,000 yen to KIDS NPO. KIDS (Knowing Is Doing Something) NPO was established in 1992 when it became apparent to volunteer workers that orphans in Japan are secluded from society. KIDS concentrates on connecting children isolated from society with various people interested in volunteering. Students from orphanages around the Kanto Plain learn English for three months including two field trips where they have direct interaction with foreigners. The students are able to build their confidence, gain new perspectives on life, illustrate future goal, and have fun doing it.
These funds come from you, the participants of JAMBO, Thank you very much.
Once there was an old man, managing his farm with his only son for help. One night, the gate opened and their horse ran away. Neighbors gathered to pity the farmer’s misfortune. “Maybe”, he said and smiled. The next day, the horse returned in company of three wild horses. Neighbors gathered again, cheering the farmer’s luck. The farmer only smiled and said “Maybe.” (more…)
Countless teenagers cope with this deadly awareness, as do some of their elders, with denial. They go on with business as usual, numbing their awareness by all manner of escapes and addictions. But, their vain attempts to escape into this self-protective womb of denial does not really protect them from the spiritual virus that psychiatrist Robert Lifton calls radical futurelessness. Young persons without a deep, reality-based feeling that they have along-range healthy future are infected with futurelessness and in attending hopelessness….
For civilization as a whole, the faith that is so essential to restore the balance (more…)