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!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Prologue 63

Shinran Shonin reveals this to us in his book “the Passages on the Pure Land Way” (Jodo-monruijusho):

These Dharma words of the Shonin speak of the inclusiveness of the Great Ocean of Shinjin. It is the entire energy of the Shonin, the soul of the Shonin, as well as the entire body of the Tathagata. This one saying can quench the thirst from the a billion kalpas in the past.

For human beings, knowing a lot remains definitely the way to hell; having all kinds of thoughts still definitely destines us to hell; practicing moral good remains definitely the way to hell; and committing evil remains definitely the way to hell (also).

In this “saying”, there is no judgement of bombu; bombu’s design (of self-power) is of no use either. This sacred saying is the tribute to the virtue of Buddha; the praise extended to the merit power of the Tathagata. The life of the Tathagata is found resounding in this saying. Hence, why do you worry? What do you need to do?

by Zuiken Sama

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