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Howard Ahner May 28, 2009
The Wonderful Means of Surmounting Obstacles
You, yourself, are a true Buddha who possesses the three enlightened properties
New WOODART by Howard Ahner
New FLOWERS in Nobeoka
Keiko Ahner's Apple Boy Painting
Kei-Paintings by Keiko Ahner
A Special Friend in Mimitsu
He Often Shines in Nobeoka
Yudai Yano Drew This Cool Picture of Howard Ahner
Ayaka's Pose Here is Extra-Ordinary
Harris Kutsunai and Howard Ahner Go On Tozan in 1979
Family From California
The Ahner Eikaiwa Nobeoka Show
Itai Doushin
Heisei Drawings
At Peare
Hikari Jidou Club, Kitaura
Nobeoka Marches On
Mimitsu Hanami
Nobeoka Mounds
Nobeoka Shiohama
Howard Ahner Shows Actual Proof
Kirin Asahi Blend
Kitaura-Students - English
I had an idea to teach English on this boat in Mimitsu Cho, but my wife had other ideas.
We were going to study English in the old Daiei Building in Nobeoka, but it was bulldozed down.
We would like to design a treehouse and build it in the city of Nobeoka, Japan.
We talked about a newspaper company in Nobeoka called The Yukan Daily.
We joked and conversed at a restaurant in Nobeoka called Torisen.
Many of the kids living in Kitaura speak to me in the English languge.
We asked the manager of A-Price in Minami Nobeoka if we could use a spare room to teach English in.

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by Yudai Kawano

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by Yudai Yano

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by Eiki

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by Haruki

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by Miki Nanami

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by Nanami

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by Shiori

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by Shogo

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by Takumi

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by Tomoki

Good Fortune in This Life

 

At the beginning of spring, I received your New Year's greetings from your messenger. I also send you my heartfelt best wishes. I have received your various gifts, including seventy rice cakes, a bamboo container of sake, a horseload of potatoes, one paper sack of dried seaweed, two bundles of radishes and seven yams. These offerings demonstrate your profound sincerity.

 

The eighth volume of the Lotus Sutra reads, "His wishes shall not be in vain, and he will receive his reward of good fortune in his present life." It also states, "Truly he will have manifest reward in his present life." The Great Teacher T'ien-t'ai says, "The Son of Heaven utters not a single word in vain," and "The words of the Dharma King contain no falsehood." A wise ruler will never lie, even if it should bring about his ruin. How much less would Shakyamuni Buddha ever speak falsely! When he was King Fumyo [in a previous existence], he returned to the palace of King Hanzoku [to be executed], because he upheld the precept against lying. When he met King Kali [in another past existence], he declared that those people who speak but little of the truth or who tell great lies will fall into hell. Moreover, the Lotus Sutra is the sutra in which the Buddha himself declares, "[The World-Honored One has long expounded his doctrines and] now must reveal the truth," and, in addition, it was expounded at the assembly where Taho Buddha and all the other Buddhas of the ten directions had gathered like the sun, the moon, and the countless stars all ranged side by side. If there should be any falsehood in the Lotus Sutra, what then can people believe in?

 

A person who offers even a flower or stick of incense to so splendid a sutra has served ten billion Buddhas in his previous existences. Moreover, in the Latter Day of the Law of Shakyamuni Buddha, when the world is in chaos and the ruler, his ministers and the common people all hate the votary of the Lotus Sutra with one accord, so that he must live like a fish in a small pond in a time of drought or a deer stalked by a throng of hunters, one who visits this votary will obtain far greater blessings than he would acquire by serving the living Shakyamuni Buddha with his mind, mouth and body for the space of an entire kalpa. All this is clear from the Buddha's golden words.

 

The sun is bright and the moon, luminous. The words of the Lotus Sutra are also bright and luminous, luminous and bright, like the reflection of a person's face in a polished mirror or the image of the moon on the surface of clear water. This being the case, could the Buddha's decree, "He will receive his reward of good fortune in his present life," or his edict, "Truly he will have manifest reward in his present life," possibly be false for you, Nanjo Shichiro Jiro, alone? The Buddha declared that even in an age when the sun should rise in the west or even in a time when the moon should emerge from the ground, his words would never prove false. Judging from this, there cannot be the least doubt that the spirit of your late father is now in the presence of Lord Shakyamuni, and that you yourself will receive great blessings in this life. How wonderful, how splendid!

 

Nichiren

 

The nineteenth day of the first month of the second year of Kenji (1276)

English Teacher: Howard Ahner Tel: 0982-34-5666
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English Teacher: Howard Ahner Tel: 0982-34-5666

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