HeHello everyone! I hope everyone is doing well. This month’s article is about Ichi-go-Ichi-e
which is an old Japanese proverb that means a “once-in-a-life-time-meeting.”
Have you ever wondered how many people you have or will have met during your lifetime?
According to one theory, there are approximately three million people whom we
could come across including those just passing through our life. The chance, however, to meet
people whom we can actually get along with is probably less than one hundred.
Within the multitudes of people in existence, finding someone we can build a good relationship with is not an easy task. Since we cannot foresee who or when we will encounter someone, we should treat them kindly when we meet them. If we don’t, we may lose an opportunity to meet someone who might become a good friend, or even someone we may want to marry, or a person who may help us in difficult times. Therefore, we must treasure these encounters and its moments.
Because of this pandemic, we can no longer meet and see each other face-to-face. Even if we could see one another on Zoom or on some other kind of online application, we cannot have a real conversation where we can feel a person’s warmth and kindness. Since it can’t be helped, we
should accept this fact. After this pandemic is over and we are able to meet in-person once again, I want you to realize that one meeting can change your life or even save you, in other words “Once will be Forever.”
Please have faith in Buddha’s teaching that there are always invisible connections. These
connections are called “En” in Japanese and is one of the most significant teachings of Buddhism. It expresses how people are interconnected by some kind of reason. We may never know where
these connections come from, but it absolutely exists between us. For example, it could be a
connection from the past at a time when our ancestors were living. The encounters that they may
have had with people whom they came across during their lifetime might also be the reason for
these connections in our present life. By believing in “En,” it enables us to realize how precious we
are to each other.
Thank you, and please stay safe and connected to each other.
Rev. Kanpo Mimatsu