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!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

The True Essence of Anjin (Hymn 3/13)

Do not conceive of shinjin
Outside the six-syllable Command;
Do not seek after peace of mind (anjin)
Outside the Call, which is true and real.
The truth and reality of the Tathagata is “Saving you!”—
The Call true and real, all-embracing and non-forsaking.
The truth and reality of “Should (they) not be born there,”
Essentially is my anjin!
Other than this Command true and real,
(There is) no Perfect Enlightenment.
The command of the Tathagata true and real
And the “Faith” true and real are not different.
Relying on the Call of the all-embracing Vow-power
I feel content, my mind at peace (anjin)!
Becoming the master of the virtue of the Jewel (Name)
The Primal Vow-power fills my body.
The realization of the true and real Tathagata
Is the manifestation of the true and real Teaching
The true and real Teaching—Namo Amida Butsu
The true and real Call
Namo Amida Butsu—saying the Nembutsu
Namo Amida Butsu—shinjin, Birth
Namo Amida Butsu.
“New Year’s Day! Namo Amida Butsu. All things are satisfied.”
Do not hear the truth and reality of the Tathagata
While recklessly wishing to discard the doubtful mind.
The mind desiring to acquire shinjin and anjin
Is the unconstructive self-power calculation.
The truth and reality of the compassionate Parent—Namo Amida Butsu
The truth and reality of the Vow is not false.

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