Peace in Emptiness By Rev. Kiyonobu Kuwahara

We make judgments in our everyday lives based on our limited perspectives. This leads us to interpret each other’s actions in different ways, creating conflicts. The Buddhist concept that things in this world have no absolute or fixed meaning is called “emptiness.” To find peace in our lives and in our world, the Buddha asks us to step back and gain a broader view.

Broadcast in November 2020

Topic: How to reduce conflicts and have more acceptance?

Scripture quotes:

“May there be peace in the world, and may the Buddha’s teaching spread!”


CWS p. 560 (a collection of letters)

33) When I attain Buddhahood, the sentient beings throughout the countless and inconceivable Buddha-worlds in the ten quarters, having received my light and having been touched by it, will become soft and gentle in body and mind, surpassing humans and devas in those qualities. Should it not be so, may I not attain the perfect enlightenment.

わたしが仏になるとき、 すべての数限りない仏がたの世界のものたちが、 わたしの光明に照らされて、 それを身に受けたなら身も心も和らいで、 そのようすは天人や人々に超えすぐれるでしょう。 そうでなければ、 わたしは決してさとりを開きません。

Vow 33 – The 48 Vows of Amida Buddha – 阿弥陀仏の四十八願 –

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