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!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Prologue 44

Many people do not know how truly honorable Buddha is, but go too far in saying ‘my karmic evil is profound’. This, however, is merely your idea of ‘profound karmic evil’. If you do not know the virtue of Buddha but talk about ‘profound karmic evil’, you are not being true to your words. If you do not know about ‘white’, how can you know about ‘black’?

Take ‘the explication of six syllables’ as an example: Simply because the ‘gratitude’ of the two-syllable ‘na-mo’ is not separated from the ‘I will definitely save you!’ of the four-syllable ‘a-mi-da-butsu’, ‘the person to be saved’ (Namo)(Shinjin) is Namo Amida Butsu, and ‘the Dharma that saves’ (Amida Butsu) (I definitely save you!) is also Namo Amida Butsu. This is known as ‘the oneness of the person to be saved and the Dharma that saves’ and ‘perfection of self-benefit and benefiting of others’ (if they should not be born there, may I not attain perfect Enlightenment). 

Namo Amida Butsu, therefore, is the Buddha of ‘the person to be saved and the Dharma that saves’, of ‘perfection of self-benefit and benefiting of others’. This is why Amida Tathagata is regarded as unbelievably honorable.

Zuiken Sama

the Tathagata's perfection of both the great merit-power for his own benefit and the merit for benefiting others

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