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, September 15, 2015

Essay 102

Upon hearing the origin of the Name—
The Primal Vow-power.
Upon hearing the origin of the Primal Vow—
The mind of Great Compassion, the never-forsaking mind of Oya-sama, the Buddha-wisdom of Great Compassion, Namo Amida Butsu, the calling sound.

In the Larger Sutra, it is said that the Primal Vow reveals the fulfilment of the twofold benefit of self and others to its utmost, for ‘birth (in the Pure Land) is realized in an instantaneous thought-moment of faith in Namo Amida Butsu upon hearing of it!’ We shall open the eye of the Larger Sutra and bow down to the explication of the Body of the Dharma-realm in the Contemplation Sutra, which unveils, ‘The person who sees the appearance of the Tathagata, directly perceives the mind of Great Compassion and is born there (in the Pure Land)!’ It is thought in the Larger Sutra that ‘the appearance of the Tathagata is Namo Amida Butsu!’ The Tathagata has perfect compassion and wisdom and His virtue is boundless. Look up endlessly to the unbounded virtue, and settle your mind (establish your anjin); this is Jodo Shinshu. As the Larger Sutra says, ‘having heard his Name, rejoice in faith.’

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