Wed

25

Dec

2013

Merry Christmas!

Last night, we returned to Koloa from Oahu where we spent very good time for workshop and vacation.  It was my regret that I couldn't send out greeting cards before Christmas but I sincerely wish you and your family to have a Merry Christmas today.

 

Last year, when  I said "Merry Christmas" to some Japanese friends,  I was asked, "Is it Ok for a Buddhist priest to say "Merry Christmas"?"   

 

I sometimes hear Japanese ask this kind of question.   I think this is because many people in Japan actually believe that Buddhists cannot celebrate Christmas.   

 

My answer is quite opposite,

"Why Not!   Because we are Buddhists, we can celebrate Christmas. "

 

Buddhist compassion and love are supposed to be so huge... we should be happy when others are happy. 

 

Once again, Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

 

 

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Comments: 2
  • #1

    Gary Link (Thursday, 26 December 2013 04:54)

    Merry Christmans Ishikawa Sensei and the best to you and your family in the New Year.

  • #2

    Kosen (Thursday, 26 December 2013 20:18)

    Thank you very much for your comment. Happy New Year and Best Wishes, too, to you and your family.