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, April 16, 2013

Prologue 62

Knowledge and intelligence are not the Way. Many scholars mistakenly believe that the knowledge and intelligence they have accumulated comprise the Way, and regard themselves as people who have attained the Way. But when you take their reference materials and annotations away from them, they fail to make an account of anything. Such people are numerous.

The world of ‘peace of mind’ (anjin) is the same. When you have got rid of what you have been listening to and remembering so far, what is left behind? Do you become insecure and helpless? If you have such a frame of mind, it means that you have not truly met the Tathagata, and have not really accepted the Primal Vow.

When a person, after having discarded all his knowledge and ideas, still feels the peace and warm security of the Primal Vow, he is a person who has truly received the virtue directed to him out of the Buddha’s Vow-Power.

Zuiken Sama

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