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!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Having Heard His Name

The principle of humbly receiving shinjin in Shin Buddhism stands upon the reality that bombu can see neither the "Buddha's body" nor the "Buddha's nature," so there is no alternative besides being made to hear the Name through "having heard His Name," thus coming into contact with the radiance of great compassion emanating from the Name for birth in the Pure Land and attainment of Buddhahood. Therefore, we had better ponder this well. Other than "having heard His Name, rejoice in faith and are mindful of Him even once," no path or way is open to us. It is enough to believe deeply that our life is tied to this one verse; it is good to strive hard to lay down even our life just to meditate on this one verse. To remember the words (being obsessed with the words), to listen to the commentaries about the words (being obsessed with the meanings), regardless of how much knowledge you have amassed -- even if you have become scholars or knowers -- these are of no use! We have only to rely on "having heard His Name" and attain birth through the Name's virtuous power.

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