Category Archives: War

Renouncing Home, Home Country, Karma Kinetics

  Good morning!   We seem to taste the early fall weather after some rain. Especially after our sittings and service, we have now a quiet, cool, calm, and clear world. Last night I watched an award-winning film titled The Burmese Harp. The story runs like this:   Private Mizushima played the harp to accompany a Japanese soldier group fleeing Burma to Thailand, a no war zone, led by Captain Inoue who conducted their chorus on the way. One night while they were singing Home Sweet Home  in a village, they were surrounded by British soldiers, who instead of raiding them, joined their chorus. They were told that WWII had ended and so they surrendered. Mizushima was dispatched to another fighting Japanese group to tell them the war had ended and that they also should surrender. He was unable to convince them in the time allotted, and when he tried to request additional time using an improvised white flag, he was misunderstood by the group, who had decided to fight to the end, and knocked unconscious by them.     He was the only survivor of the ensuing attack, and he was saved by a monk, whom he robbed of his robe. He barely reached Mudon, where his group was detained, saved by that robe (food, shelter, etc.). On the way he saw many corpses and was determined to stay there to burn and bury them. He found a red ruby, which villagers, who first simply watched his efforts to bury and then helped him, told him is spirit. At the funeral procession he carried the Japanese style white cloth cover of a cinerary urn. Inoue found the ruby in it when he was taken to the charnel house to remove the urns. His group wanted him to return to Japan with them and they taught a true parrot to say, “Mizushima, let’s go back to Japan together.”     Inside the Buddha’s Nirvana statue, Mizushima played the harp to accompany his group singing The Moon over the Ruined Castle outside. Despite their efforts to get in he remained, having locked himself inside. With only three days remain- ing before they were to leave for Japan, they started to sing aloud so that he might come back to join them. They asked the old sales lady to give him the parrot they had taught to speak. The day before they were to leave, he showed up beyond the barbed wire fences … Continue reading

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Karma Nescience to Karmaless Nirvana

    Good morning!   I forwarded an article on the “Terror of War” or “Napalm Girl”, the famous photo from the Vietnam war of the girl running naked, burnt by a napalm bomb, in a Vietnamese field. The picture was taken by an Associated Press cameraman, Nick Ut, on June 8, 1972.  It was distributed to every paper throughout the world. It helped end the Vietnam war in January, 1973, with Americans leaving there in March, and the photo eventually gaining the Pulitzer Prize.   This picture–along with the picture of a man with a gun at his head in Vietnam, as well as that of the skinny, naked women at Auschwitz concentration camp– shocked me and changed my life, living for peace. The article that I forwarded was a recent report on the “Napalm Girl”. Kim Phuc, as she is named, was burned to the third degree, and was not expected to survive.  But, she survived, and eventually founded Kim Phuc Foundation International, healing children of war.   Discrimination and war historically started with the origin of city-states, whose structures of power and money are distinctly pyramidal.  The 20th century was called the century of nationalism and war.  Now, this pyramidal system seems to be increasingly taken over by money-ism, along with me-ism, materialism and militarism. The money machines have made money on wars, but they are ultimately destroying their own existence, with their creation of the catastrophic problems of nukes, global warming, mass extinction, etc.   Spiritual Revolution counters this pyramidal tomb of discrimination, deprivation, destruction, etc. The Buddha foresaw the destruction of the world due to the selfish strife and suffering, and solved the fundamental cause of karma, sitting and stopping karma, to realize nirvana–“no wind of karma”–and awakened life. The historical figures of King Ashoka, Prince Regent Shotoku, et al, followed his path of peace, and Gandhi, Martin Luther King, et al, followed suite, working for truth and peace.   3/15/15     1972年6月8日、南ベトナム軍と北ベトナム軍が激戦を交わすチャンバンで、南ベトナム軍がナパーム弾を投下しました。焼夷弾が落ちたのは、キム・フックという少女が暮らす村。この爆撃を受けたキム・フックさんは裸のまま、大勢の村人と一緒に逃げ惑いました。  Facebookでシェア  ツイートする 「戦争の恐怖」”Terror of War” … Continue reading

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Awakened or Adumbrated

    Good morning!   We are now officially in spring, since February 4, so it is brighter and warmer now. Especially after sittings and service we feel brighter and warmer in harmony and happiness. Wholly wholesomeness depends on our practice in truth and peace. Even being born, we may become wolves or awakened ones depending on environment, education, effort, etc. Dr. Suzuki often told the story of girls fostered by wolves, and taught parents not to make their children wolves.   Villagers in the suburbs of Kolkota (Calcutta) found monsters like wolves with long hair, glaring eyes, etc. in the forest, and caught them. They ran on all fours, could see in the darkness and smell meat more than 200 feet away, howled with other wolves at certain times at night, and were like and liked animals more than human children even after they were caught and put into an orphanage. They were discarded by their parents and saved and raised by wolves.   They seemed to be girls of two and seven when they were found. The younger one was named A-mala and the older one Ka-mala. Amala died one year later, but the older one survived eight more years. Kamala could not understand the death of Amala for a day, but she shed streaks of tears, noticing no more movement in her, after she tried to move her, open her eyes, etc. Kamala gradually adjusted to the human world and behavior, but she never stopped howling with other wolves.   Recently I watched an NHK program titled Science for Everyone, where they discussed the discovery of the mechanism of weather-related pains (pains in bad weather) and our heart ability. They found that weather pains are caused by a disturbance in the nucleus accumbens (NAcc) in the inner ear. It excites air pressure sensor cells, which disturbs the lymph, which contradicts the visual sense, whose perplexity causes sympathetic nerves to excite the pain nerves, causing pain and the nerves around the capillaries to cause swelling.   Another aspect of pain is heart ability. The subject endures up to the endurable amount of electric shock. Then, he is given a special ball made of special material from South America to block the electric shock on his palm. He could then endure up to the maximum test point, where ordinary people cannot endure. The ball was, in fact, nothing but an ordinary rubber ball. The relationship between the heart and … Continue reading

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The Wholly Wholesome Way Is World Without War

A “World Without War” is only possible by following the “Wholly Wholesome Way.” Separated sectionalism of any kind (self, sect, state, species, etc.) is contradictory and conflicting to a wholly wholesome system (society, sanctity, sentient, life, etc.). So long as … Continue reading

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Drumbeat to Wage War

Good evening!   We have beautiful bright stars high in the sky. On the earth, however, we hear drums beaten to wage a war, maybe involving nuclear bombs, and maybe becoming the third world war. We are all responsible for … Continue reading

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Man’s Manipulation and Menace

Good morning!   Because of the clouds we cannot see the beautiful bright round moon today. Yesterday the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved the “Doomsday Clock” a minute forward, to five minutes before Doomsday.   Like the radiation rain … Continue reading

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Individual Karma, Shared Karma, Non-karma

Good evening!   We had a very warm day going up to seventy. We got the news that the economic damage related with the severe weather was the biggest ever. This is the shared karma.   A few days ago … Continue reading

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Death at Deadend

Good morning!   On the way here I listened to NPR, which reported the losing of millions of dollars by the lack of snow. Before that I got the news of the Japanese government not allowing nuclear reactors operating more … Continue reading

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The Sun and The Song

Good morning!   On the way here I listened to NPR. The announcer was talking about the sunflower oil in potato chips, often the second ingredient of it. He said sunflower oil might have come from Russia, which was grown … Continue reading

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Night of Nescience

Good evening!   We are going to have three sittings at this year’s end. What kind of year did you have? For me, the biggest thing was the nuclear meltdown, which represents the meltdown of our nescience. We started using … Continue reading

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