September 19, 2016 at 2:09 pm #236September 19, 2016 at 2:31 pm #263
Buddha is always trying to reach us. That he does not always succeed is because our hearts and minds are closed. They are closed by conceit. Conceit means that we take refuge in ourselves. Being full of ourselves, there is no room for Buddha to get in. ~ DharmavidyaSeptember 19, 2016 at 2:31 pm #264
Buddha is always trying to reach us. That he does not always succeed is because our hearts and minds are closed. They are closed by conceit. Conceit means that we take refuge in ourselves. Being full of ourselves, there is no room for Buddha to get in. ~ DharmavidyaSeptember 19, 2016 at 2:41 pm #273
The light of wisdom exceeds all measure,
And every finite living being
Receives this illumination that is like the dawn,
So take refuge in Amida, the true and real light.
~ Shinran, Jodo Wasan 4September 19, 2016 at 2:42 pm #274
The cloud of light is unhindered, like open sky;
There is nothing that impedes it.
Every being is nurtured by this light,
So take refuge in Amida, the one beyond conception.
Shinran, Jodo Wasan 6September 19, 2016 at 2:45 pm #276
It is not simply due to actual benefit that I trust in Tathagata, but also due to another important reason. I trust in Tathagata because I realise that my intellect is limited. Except for the period when I was not serious about life, I always felt a keen desire to enquire into the meaning of my life. As a result of that enquiry, I eventuallly reached the conclusion that the meaning of life is inscrutable. That conclusion has led me to trust in Tathagata. Since not everyone goes through a process of enquiry to arrive at religious conviction, some might contradict me and say that it was not necessary for me to do what I did in order to gain trust in Tathagata. But I disagree. Such a course was necessary for me. In my religious conviction I am now aware of the utter uselessness of my self-efforts. In order to realise this I had to pursue all kinds of intellectual investigations until I finally came to the point where I recognised the utter futility of such efforts. It was an extremely painful process. Before reaching that ultimate point, I thought that at times I had formed some ideas about my religious conviction. but one after another each of those ideas were smashed.Such bitter experiences were unaviodable as long as I sought to establish religious conviction on the basis of logic or scholarly enquiry. After going through such a difficult process, I have come to realise that I cannot define good or evil, truth or untruth, happiness or unhapiness.. Aware of my total ignorance, I have come to entrust all matters to Tathagata. This is the most essential point in my religious conviction.
~ Manshi KiyozawaSeptember 19, 2016 at 2:46 pm #277
among all living things
mountains and rivers,
grasses and trees,
even the sounds of blowing winds
and rising waves –
there is nothing
that is not the nembutsu
~ IppenSeptember 19, 2016 at 2:48 pm #278
What is the right way of thinking in Shinshu?
I don’t know it well, but just throw yourself in front of Amida
Buddha and ask him to do whatever he wants to you.
This is my faith.
After that, never have evil thoughts, never do evil things.
Then you need not recite the Nembutsu in a feigned voice.
This is the Anjin (Peaceful Mind) of Shinshu.
Whatever may happen to me, I trust in Amida Buddha
– Kobayashi IssaSeptember 23, 2016 at 3:38 pm #408
At ease in goodness
A noble person does not do good because of willpower. She does it through a combination of, on the one hand, modesty about self, and, on the other hand, faith in a higher purpose, a higher meaning, in powers more potent than self-will. Such a person is not moral through gritted teeth. She is at ease in goodness.
—David Brazier, “Other Power”September 23, 2016 at 11:18 pm #411
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How foolish you are,
grasping the letter of the text and ignoring its intention!
– VasubandhuDecember 13, 2016 at 2:55 pm #904
Sentient beings who are mindful of Amida Buddha are like persons who, imbued with incense, bear its fragrance on their bodies; hence, they are called ‘those adorned with the fragrance of light’. ~ Surangama Samadhi SutraFebruary 20, 2017 at 6:51 pm #1241
” He (Amida) recognised that there is a love which does not measure, or ask for anything in return. He recognised that each of us is already lovable, just as we are, and having had this love shone upon him he reflected as much of it as he could back into the world. This is why Buddhism is mystical – because it asks us to place our trust in something that cannot be measured, and that does not measure us, and to be moved by it so that we can love as we are loved by the Buddhas.”
quoted from Kaspa and Satya’s book, Just As You Are: Buddhism for Foolish Beings (Kindle Locations 455-459). [from the chapter, Buddhism is a religion by Kaspalita]March 20, 2017 at 7:53 pm #1425
We all live standing in our own light, gazing at our shadows with our backs to the Supernal Sun of Amida. All we need to do is to turn around in response to his summons, when at once we shall be embraced by his Boundless Light. ~ Harold Stewart
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