My New Year Aspiration

Published January 1, 2017 by

I will try to be grateful for this moment, aspiring to see the world as-it-is, not as-I-want-it-to-be, so that I may alleviate suffering for all beings.

I will try to be wise so that I can see both sides of conflict wth clarity, and not insist that I alone am right.

I will try to be compassionate so that I can help all people without discrimination or judgement.

I will try to be kind and gentle to every living thing and protect all those who are weaker than myself.

I will try to allow the Aloha in my heart to manifest as Mahalo for the great ‘Ohana of Life and the blessings of the ‘Aina.

In the Hongwanji tradition, we express our profound gratitude for this unrepeatable life by placing our palms together, bowing our heads, and saying Namo Amida Butsu, entrusting in All-Inclusive Wisdom and All-Embracing Compassion.

Kerry Kiyohara

Minister Lay Assistant with Tokudo Ordination

Mō‘ili‘ili Hongwanji Buddhist Temple

January 2017

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