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I can erase the grave offenses of my past and, for the first time, attain Buddhahood.

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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Beehives in Nobeoka
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.

I hear that Sudo is planning on great things for N
If you need to be in a place that is free and quiet, try Nagahama beach...

Letter from Echi


The government’s persecution of me has clearly demonstrated my faith in the Lotus Sutra. There is no doubt that the moon wanes and waxes and that the tide ebbs and flows. In my case, too, since punishment has already occurred, benefit must be forthcoming. What is there to lament?


At the Hour of the Cock (around 6:00 P.M.) on the twelfth day, I incurred the wrath of the government authorities. Placed in the custody of the lord of Musashi, I left Kamakura at the Hour of the Ox (around 2:00 A.M.) on the thirteenth day for exile in the province of Sado. At present, I am in a place called Echi, which is the domain of Lord Homma, under the supervision of a person called Uma Tara, a deputy of Lord Homma Rokuro Zaemon-no-jo of Echi. I will probably be staying here for four or five days.


Your grief is understandable, but because I have been certain from the beginning that this would occur, I myself do not grieve. Rather, I regret that I have yet to be beheaded. Had I been decapitated on account of the Lotus Sutra in a past existence, I would not have been born as such a lowly person in this life. By undergoing repeated persecution, just as is noted in the sutra when it says, "again and again we will be banished," I can erase the grave offenses of my past and, for the first time, attain Buddhahood. I therefore engage in these difficult practices of my own accord.



don't plan on leaving your buttprints.
Actual Buttcheeks, you can leave your footprints in the winds of time, but...

Someone said that they would not like to leave buttprints in the sands of time.

It was quite an experience.
I remember screeching into this station in April, 1989, 24th, I think...

I came into Nobeoka at the Minami Nobeoka train station on April 24, 1989.  I can still remember the screeching of the brakes as the train came to a hault, and I asking myself, "What the heck have I gotten myself into?"

I don't cry often.
First Dead Sea Turtle

I guess it's not so uncommon.  I checked the internet and found several pictures of dead turtles on the beaches of the world.

It actually snows in Nobeoka, sometimes....

On this day, it snowed rather heavily.  I can vividly remember the next morning.  There was snow everywhere.  It reminded me of Alaska.  It really throws you when there is a sudden change in weather.

Nama Beer
Nobeoka Foam

Unless one gets right down to eye-level of the waves, the foam usually isn't noticed. Well, no one wants to drink the water anyway.



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