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!

Monday, October 3, 2016

All the hindrances become free of hindrances

“Taking refuge (kimyo)” means to give up our design (self) and pursue and adore the “kimyo” of the Tathagata.
The Tathagata is free of hindrances; virtuous and unvirtuous people are equally saved. From the perspective of bonbu, the virtuous people are saved while the unvirtuous are not; so they discriminate based on their frame of mind from ages ago. This is known as “hindrances.” Bonbu discriminates over every single thing, and this is termed “hindrances.” The “Unhindered Light” of the Tathagata is the Primal Vow that saves bonbu who is good at nothing but discrimination. Thus, it’s said that “all the hindrances become free of hindrances.”


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