Namu Amida Butsu

This work is especially dedicated to Zuiken Saizo Inagaki, who sheds light on the pristine and original teachings of Jodo Shinshu (Shin Buddhism) for many people, including myself. I regard him as my soul teacher and I am very much influenced by his words and thoughts, which are deeply imbued with the Wisdom of Compassion of Amida Buddha. I read most of his writings available in Chinese language and I wish to share some of his golden words in this blog in English. Rev. George Gatenby and Mr. Gabriel Schlaefer have been kindly and untiringly assisting me to edit the translated essays so that they are readable and true to the intent of Sensei. May all partake of the wisdom of Shinshu teaching and be overpowered by the light of Amida Buddha.

Namu Amida Butsu!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Prologue 30

Master Zendo says, ‘We can barely detect pleasure in the six realms; only grievances are heard.’ (Jozengi, On the Meditative Good). When hearing these words, at first it seems rather world-weary. However this is just the reality of human life. If you regard human life as pleasurable and relentlessly pursue happiness in it you are just a bungler who leads a befuddled life. The ancient word says it well,

‘Human life is impermanent.
When you delve into this fact deeply enough,
the spring of the other shore arises.’

It is only those who realise the bitterness of human life, and know how dreadfully unbearable life is, who will come to learn Buddhism seriously in all honesty.

Those who are not mindful of death and are not pursuing Nirvana will not ‘perceive’ Buddha’s mind. Those who taste the bitterness of karma will accede to the awareness that the Primal Vow does not forsake this miserable person that I am and that it exists for me alone.

For people who live a down-trodden and miserable life to encounter the Great Compassion which willingly saves me as I am (konomama) under all circumstances… what could be expressed besides thankfulness and unworthiness.

By Zuiken Sensei

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