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The character myo changes and becomes Shakyamuni Buddha seated on a lotus pedestal.

Art of Howard Ahner of Nobeoka
To mix other practices with this Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is a grave error.
Uncle Norman Tamura took us hunting many times in the California desert.
How do you see me in Nobeoka?
My Favorite Photo of Howard Ahner
I placed these various articles before the Lotus Sutra
What happiness! What happiness!
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Whether or not your prayer is answered depends upon your faith
Can it be that Shakyamuni Buddha or the Bodhisattvas of the Earth have entered into your body?
How admirable, that you have read the entirety of the Lotus Sutra with both body and mind!
There is no greater happiness than having faith in the Lotus Sutra.
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you should singlemindedly chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo morning and evening, day and night
I can erase the grave offenses of my past and, for the first time, attain Buddhahood.
The character myo changes and becomes Shakyamuni Buddha seated on a lotus pedestal.
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However, you are increasingly demonstrating the depth of your faith and accumulating good deeds.
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And this is only the beginning: be convinced that your great reward is yet to come.
how wretched and meaningless it would be to fall victim to an epidemic or simply die of old age!
on the path of attaining Buddhahood, one is certain to meet some great trial that will demand of him
Ichiro Tamura
If master and disciple are not of the same mind, they cannot accomplish anything.
Rather it has come about as a response to the true words contained in the Lotus Sutra.
Be firmly convinced that the benefits from this offering will extend to your parents
A passage from the Lotus Sutra reads, "...difficult to believe and difficult to understand."
Tsukimaro must have chanted Nam-myoho-renge-kyo with her very first cry at birth.
We common mortals can see neither our own eyebrows, which are so close, nor heaven in the distance.
"With easy labor they shall bear a fortune child."
Your own offerings were not made to me, Nichiren, but to the Lotus Sutra.
Nevertheless, I am an ordinary person dependent on other things for my existence.
When one comes to the end of his good fortune, no strategy whatsoever will avail.
The lion, king of beasts, is said to advance three steps, then gather himself to spring,
I can hardly find words to say how much I appreciate your sincerity
but never once did I die for the Lotus Sutra or suffer persecution for the daimoku.
Yet King Chou's army lost because of disunity
Seihou High
These offerings demonstrate your profound sincerity.
Doesn't a fire burn more briskly when logs are added?
Tientai construed the character myo [of Myoho-renge-kyo] to mean that which is beyond ordinary co
Some are swept away by the strong currents, some fall prey to eagles
Even those who are free from illness cannot escape the transience of life
But if we truly yearn for Shakyamuni Buddha, how could he ever fail to reveal himself to us?
This represents the two principles of object (kyo) and subject (chi), or reality and wisdom.
Another sutra passage says that children are a treasure.


As if you weren't aware of it...
Whitey Ahner was once a puppy.

Reply to Lady Onichi-nyo


I had already received the three hundred coins that you sent by the hand of Ben-bo [Nissho], and now you have again sent me two hundred coins.


The Buddha, being truly worthy of respect, never judges by the size of one’s offerings. In the past, Tokusho Doji offered a mudpie to the Buddha, and was reborn as King Ashoka and ruled over all of Jambudvipa. A poor woman cut off her hair and sold it to buy oil [for the Buddha], and not even the winds sweeping down from Mount Sumeru could extinguish the flame of the lamp fed by this oil. Accordingly, your offerings of two and three strings of coins are far greater even than those made by one who, ruling over the country of Japan, offers the entire nation and a pagoda he has constructed that is adorned with the seven kinds of treasures and that towers as high as the Trayastrimsha heaven.


A single character of the Lotus Sutra is like the great earth, which gives rise to all things. A single character is like the great ocean, which contains the water from all rivers. A single character is like the sun and moon, which illuminate the four quarters.


This single character changes and becomes the moon. The moon changes and becomes a Buddha? Rice plants change and become seedlings. Seedlings change and become stalks. Stalks change and become rice. Rice changes and becomes a person. And a person changes and becomes a Buddha. A woman changes and becomes the single character myo. The character myo changes and becomes Shakyamuni Buddha seated on a lotus pedestal. Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.


With my deep respect,



To Lady Onichi

Aaron was a great photographer here.
I actually struck out here. I guess I can't pitch to myself very well.

I swung and I missed, actually, a couple of times!  I wasn't the great performer on this day.  Not that it would have mattered anyway. 

It's a ford.  It was a little oversize for Nobeoka
Do you happen to remember me driving this car?

The Ford that we had,  got dented up quite a bit during its 7 years of service.  I really should have kept her.  Maybe it's not such a good idea to go shopping for a car with one's wife.

I am now at 128 kiligrams.  What a load off of my.
Taken when I was over 140 kilograms.

This little number is located in Kawashima Machi, Nobeoka.  It's just a five minute drive up the mountain.  There's a shrine at the top where green tea can be had for free.  There's a certain sound that can only come from deep in the mountains.

Some say it's best to forget and live.
Chopping block of long ago in Nobeoka.

That flat stone there is where many a head has been severed.  It's the old execution grounds of Nobeoka.  Not a lot of people are proud of the place. 

When are you going to learn that you are best on..
It's out of my bedroom window, taken by a telescopic camera.

When are you going to learn that you are best on your own?



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