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!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

The Dharma-door of the Larger Sutra is Our Reference

The Dharma-door of the Contemplation Sutra is taking the 18th Vow as "nashi junen" or "saying my Name perhaps even ten times" as the essence, which is "saying the nembutsu" or "repeating my Name" in our understanding.
The Dharma-door of the Larger Sutra, however, is taking the 18th Vow as "san-jin" or "threefold minds," with "shingyo" or "joyful faith" as the essence. This is the reference of our Shonin, the basis of Jodo Shinshu.
How then shall we view "naishi junen" or "naishi ichinen?" That's our expression of gratitude for the endowment of Shinjin, as in "... hear the Name, realize even one thought-moment of shinjin and joy, which is directed to them from Amida’s sincere mind.."

Zuizen Melvin _()_

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