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Kitaura-Students - English
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.


The Universal Salty Taste

- Doitsu Kanmi Gosho -



There are six kinds of flavors: The first is subtle, the second is salty, the third is pungent, the fourth is sour, the fifth is sweet and the sixth is bitter. Even if you prepare a sumptuous feast of a hundred different dishes, it will not be fit for a great king's feast if it lacks the single flavor of salt. Even the rarest delicacies of all the lands and seas will taste insipid without salt.


The ocean has eight mysterious qualities. First, the ocean becomes gradually deeper and deeper. Second, its bottom is too deep to fathom. Third, its salty taste is identical everywhere. Fourth, its tides rise and fall regularly. Fifth, it houses various treasures. Sixth, living beings of great stature reside in it. Seventh, the ocean rids itself of corpses. Eighth, though it absorbs all rivers and heavy rainfalls, its volume neither increases nor decreases.


The first quality, "the ocean becomes gradually deeper and deeper," means figuratively that the Lotus Sutra gradually leads all people, from common mortals who lack understanding to sages who have understanding, to attain the way of Buddhahood. "Its bottom is too deep to fathom" indicates that the realm of the Lotus Sutra can be understood and shared only between Buddhas; bodhisattvas at the stage of togaku or below cannot possibly realize it. As for the quality, "its salty taste is identical everywhere": All the various rivers, which contain no salt, are comparable to the sutras other than the Lotus Sutra, which cannot enable anyone to attain enlightenment. Just as the water of all rivers eventually flows into the ocean and becomes salty, so all the people of different capacities instructed through the various provisional teachings are eventually enabled to attain the path of buddhahood by taking faith in the Lotus Sutra. "Its tides rise and fall regularly" indicates that those who embrace the Mystic Law will surely attain the stage of non-regression, even if they should lose their lives. "It houses various treasures" means that the practices and virtuous deeds of all Buddhas and bodhisattvas, as well as the benefits of the paramitas, are all contained within the Mystic Law. As for the quality, "living beings of great stature reside in it," Buddhas and bodhisattvas are here referred to as "living beings of great stature," because they possess great wisdom. The great stature, the great aspiring mind, the great extraordinary features, the great evil-conquering forces, the great preaching, the great authority, the great occult powers, the great compassion of these Buddhas and bodhisattvas--all originate from the Lotus Sutra. "The ocean rids itself of corpses" means that through the Lotus Sutra one can free himself for all eternity from the offense of slandering the Law or of having incorrigible disbelief. The eighth quality, "its volume neither increases nor decreases," means that the heart of the Lotus Sutra is the teaching that all people equally possess the Buddha nature.


The salty water in a tub or jar of pickled vines ebbs and flows in exact accordance with the tides of the ocean. A votary of the Lotus Sutra who is subjected to imprisonment is like the salt in a tub or jar, while Shakyamuni Buddha who freed himself from the burning house is like the salt of the ocean. To imprison a votary of the Lotus Sutra is to imprison Shakyamuni Buddha himself. How astonished Bonten, Taishaku and the Four Heavenly Kings must be to witness it! The Ten Goddesses pledged to punish anyone who persecutes a votary by splitting his head into seven pieces. When will this vow be fulfilled, if not now?


Virulent sores broke out suddenly all over the body of King Ajatashatru, who had imprisoned King Bimbisara. How can one who imprisons a votary of the Lotus Sutra avoid the suffering of breaking out in sores all over his body?




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

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