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, March 18, 2017

Essay 159: Fail to distinguish what is important and not important

Concerning the Buddha-Dharma, most people fail to distinguish what is important (weighty) and not important (light). Why do I say this? Because you keep going around with your mind whether or not you have attained shinjin. This troubled mind is still the same old self spinning around, since you place the emphasis of "How? How?" on yourself without paying attention to the Buddha’s Primal Vow of "Should [you] not be born there," which is the virtue-power of Namo Amida Butsu, the Great Enlightenment of the twofold benefit.

Not paying attention is the proof of your contempt.

Not paying attention to what should be, attending to trifles, and neglecting the essentials this means that you fail to distinguish what is important and not important.

Zuiken (An extract) 

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