Questions and Answers (12)-(13)


Question 12:

I wanna ask you about Hannya Shingyo,Heart Sutra. One of my friends, told by someone that it is good to chant the Heart Sutra for his ancestors, chants it about 200 times a day, day and night, before his family Buddhist altar. What do you think of this? I am recommending to him that he offer words of gratitude like you said.

  • Heart Sutra 般若心経
  • chat 唱える
  • ancestor 先祖
  • day and night 朝に晩に
  • family Buddhist altar 仏壇
  • recommend 勧める
  • offer 捧げる
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち


It is no good to chant Heart Sutra for ancestors. On the contrary, I feel Heart Sutra bind up and torture them. Many people who keep on chanting a sutra get unstable mentally. The Heart Sutra was made up a couple of hundred years after Buddha died. It is nothing more than a miscellany of parts. I feel Heart Sutra contain some trap by the writer.

  • no good 少しも良くない
  • on the contrary それどころか
  • bind up A Aを縛る
  • torture 痛めつける
  • keep on ~ing 〜し続ける
  • unstable 不安定な
  • mentally 精神的に
  • make up A Aを作り上げる
  • nothing more than A Aに過ぎない
  • miscellany 寄せ集め
  • part 部品
  • contain 含んでいる
  • trap 罠

Question 13:

If a baby’s spirituality level is not close to that of his mother, is there something wrong? I had bad morning sickness, so I think my son and I have different level of spirituality.

  • spirituality 霊性
  • be close to A Aに近い
  • morning sichness 悪阻
  • son 息子


It is true that when a baby’s spirituality level and mother’s are different, his/her mother tends to have bad morning sickness. When the frequency of vibration of the baby’s spiritual body doesn’t correspond with that of his/her mother, the phenomenon arises. To put it better, it is possible that the baby has much higher spirituality than that of his/her mother. There is no problem if there is a difference in spirituality between a parent and a child. It’s just like they have different personalities.

  • tend to~ 〜する傾向がある
  • frequency of vibration 振動数
  • correspond   一致する
  • phenomenon 現象
  • arise 生じる
  • to put it better 良く言えば
  • possible あり得る
  • parent 親
  • personality 個性