What Is a Human Lifetime?

Today will never come again.

The accumulation of the days, which will never come again,

Is a human lifetime.

To defile this day of today with resentment and hatred

Creates unimaginable regret.

Today, when we have a human body, which is most difficult to receive,

And have met the Myoho (Wondrous Truth), which is rare to encounter,

Let us cheerfully and fully live this day

By following the path of the teachings.

The Venerable Rev. Nichiyu Iwama, 90th Archbishop of Minobu-san

 

人間の一生とは

 

今日一日は再びかえらない (Today never come again?)

 

再びかえらない一日のつみかさねが

 

人間の一生である

 

怨んだり憎んだりして今日一日を穢しては

 

取り返しのつかない悔やみがのこる

 

受けがたき人身をうけ

逢いがたき妙法にあえた今

 

教えの道に従って

今日を明るく生きぬこう

 

身延山第90世

岩間日勇法主