This impure society in the World of Reality is the very best as a place for ascetic training


What I remeber when I hear of The 1000 Day Circumambulation(千日回峰行)is Mr.Yusai Sakai(酒井雄哉), Great Ajari (大阿闍梨,a master in Esoteric Buddhism) of Tendai Sect(天台宗). I still remember watching an NHK documentary program on TV more than 30 years ago about Mr. Sakai’s life and The 1000 Day Circumambulation. What he, a great Buddhist monk who accomplished The 1000 Day Circumambulation for the first time in a while, said in the program was unexpected.

  • hear of A Aについて聞く
  • monk 僧
  • accomplish 成し遂げる
  • for the first time in a while 久方ぶりの
  • unexpected 予想外の

According to him, his life had been full of desires and he had always been worried about money until he was in his thirties and he was totally inept. Because of lack of money, his newly-married wife took on domestic violence from him everyday, and she killed herself two months after marriage. Then he realised how pitiful he was and tried to kill himself in vain and entered into the priesthood for the sake of his wife wishing the act would do her good. He wished he could die during the ascetic training.

  • according to A Aによると
  • full of A Aでいっぱいである
  • desire 欲望
  • worried 心配している
  • in one’s thrties 30代である
  • totally inept 何をやってもダメ
  • because of A Aのために
  • lack of A Aがないこと
  • newly-married 新婚間もない
  • take on A Aを受ける
  • domestic violence 家庭内暴力
  • kill oneself 自殺する
  • realize 気がつく
  • pitiful 情けない
  • try to~ 〜しようとする
  • in vain 無駄に
  • enter into priesthood 仏門に入る
  • do A good Aのためになる
  • wish S+V SがVすればよいのにと思う
  • ascetic training 苦行

In the program, he was hanging his head down and he never looked like a man who went through a glorious ascetic training. I was moved by his simple and honest attitude without vanity.

  • hang one’s head down 首をうなだれる
  • look like A  Aのように見える
  • go through A Aをやり抜く
  • glorious 輝かしい
  • be moved 感動する
  • simple and honest 朴訥とした
  • attitude 態度
  • vanity 虚栄心

I feel his wife was the incarnation of Kannon Bosatsu(観音菩薩), Goddess of Mercy, and her life was to lead him to the Buddhism. As for his soul’s origin,  he was the incarnation of a certain symbolic being related to Mt.Hiei(比叡山) and Enryaku-ji Temple(延暦寺). His soul was such that if he had entered into the priesthood ten years before, he could have achieved The 1000 Day Circumambulation three times.

  • incarnation 化身
  • lead A to B AをBに導く
  • as for A Aに関して言えば
  • origin 出自
  • cartain ある
  • symbolic being 象徴的存在
  • related to A Aに関係した
  • A is such that S+V SはたいそうなものなのでSはVする

Unless you have a special mission like Mr. Sakai, mountain ascetic practices by an ordinary person would result in a poor, self-satisfied religious practice which wastes your precious time of life. Ascetic training in a closed, arranged environment where you can concentrate on yourself alone is fortunate in a sense. If you can look inside your heart in this society full of temptation and love and hate with a lot of families to protect, you can say you are exactly practicing a great ascetic training.

  • unless S+V SがVしない限り
  • mission 任務
  • ordinary 普通の
  • result in A Aという結果になる
  • poor 中途半端な
  • self-satisfied 自己満足の
  • religious 宗教的な
  • waste 無駄にする
  • precious 貴重な
  • closed 閉じられた
  • arranged お膳立てされた
  • concentrate on A Aに集中する
  • fortunate 恵まれている
  • in a sense ある意味で
  • society 社会
  • temptation 誘惑
  • love and hate 愛憎
  • protect 守る
  • exactly まさに

It takes true strength and is admirable to lead a life keeping balance of everything in a society abounding with temptation and freedom. This is exactly the true and admirable ascetic training. More severity lies in a social life, with the number of suicides increasing, than a closed, religious training. It can be said that a soul who failed to accomplish the training in a society in the past life is now training his own soul through a religious ascetic training in order to prepare for the training in a society in the next life.

  • It takes A to~ 〜するにはAが必要だ
  • strength 強さ
  • admirable 立派な
  • lead a life 生活を送る
  • keep balance バランスを取る
  • abound with A Aでいっぱいの
  • true 真実の
  • severity 厳しさ
  • lie in A Aに在る
  • suiceide 自殺者
  • the number of A Aの数
  • increase 増加する
  • fail to~ 〜することができない
  • the past life  前世
  • in order to~  〜するために
  • prepare for A Aの準備をする
  • the next life 来生

There are a lot of successful business leaders in the modern age who practiced religious, ascetic training so hard in the past age. This impure society in the World of Reality is the very best of all the places for ascetic training.

  • successful 成功した
  • modern 現代の
  • impure 穢れた
  • the World of Reality 現実界
  • the very best  最高の

If you realize the preciousness of normal things in daily lives and feel grateful for anything, you are blessed, for such a person’s soul can be said to have already accomplished some religious ascetic training in the previous life.

  • preciousness 貴重さ
  • normal things 普通のこと
  • grateful 感謝している
  • be blessed 幸いである
  • , for S+V というのもSがVするからです
  • daily life
  • be said to have pp 〜したと言われている
  • already すでに
  • previous 以前の

I Ka Shi Te I Ta Da I Te  A Ri Ga To U Go Za I Ma Su

生かして頂いて ありがとう御座位ます

Thank you so much for keeping us alive.

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