FAQ 9

Question:

You said that when we hold a memorial service using Tanzaku at a Buddhist altar, this altar should be put at the living room where family members get together or a room near it. I hold the service at our living room as you said it. Our TV set is at the living room so I often hold the service watching TV. You said that spirits are a kind of magnetism before, right? I think TV set emits strong magnetism. Is there any no problem about that?

  • memorial service 供養
  • Buddhist altar 仏壇
  • get together 集まる
  • magnetism 磁気
  • emit 放つ

Answer:

If a TV set is within a meter of the Tanzaku, it is ideal that you turn off the TV while you hold the service. To be sure, there is some effect of magnetism, but the most important thing here is whether or not you are serious enough to switch off the TV when you do it for the sake of your ancestors. When you hold a memorial service for your ancestors, it is not the formality that reaches them but your true compassion for them.

  • ideal 理想的な
  • turn off A Aを切る
  • effect 影響
  • to be sure 確かに
  • whether S+V or not SがVするかどうか
  • enough to~ 〜することができるくらい十分
  • for the sake of A Aのために
  • not A but B AではなくB
  • compassion 哀れみ

FAQ 8

Question:

With regard to the family home of my mother, I heard the people who takes care of their tombs have died out. I’m concerned about the ancestors of my mother’s family home, and I feel like holding a memorial service for them using another Tanzaku(短冊、a kind of memorial tablet made from paper). You would say that the third incense sticks offered would take care of them, but can I do it myself ? Because I’m anxious about it somehow.

  •  with regard to A Aに関して
  • family home 実家
  • die out 絶える
  • be concerned about A Aについて心配している
  • feel like~ing 〜したい気がする
  • be anxious about A Aについて案じている
  • somehow どういうわけか

Answer:

You had better hold a memorial service with the surname you’re now using. It is not until you make your direct ancestors relieved and satisfied that you can save other spirits of your relatives. A family line which is to die out has its own karma. If you try to interfere with it forcibly, you may receive the reaction. The doom has been fixed over a long time, so no one can stop it and no one is to blame. So, you should relieve your ancestors first, and then other spirits of your relatives so that your family line the name of which you’re now using won’t die out.

  • had better~ 〜した方がよい
  • surname 氏名
  • It is not until S’+V’ that S+V
  • direct 直接の
  • be relieved 安堵する
  • be satisfied 満足する
  • save 救う
  • relative 親戚
  • interfere with A Aに干渉する
  • forcibly 無理に
  • reaction 反動
  • doom 不運
  • be to blame 責められるべき
  • so that S+V SがVするように