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      changeable as the weather.

      Namo Amida Bu –

      the silver lining

      in every cloud.


      Working and resting,

      like a turning wheel.

      Namo Amida Bu,

      the hub,

      is always reliable.


      Life is long

      Life is short

      Namo Amida Bu.

      The Dharma

      is indestructible.


      Gazing at the moon,

      my heart is touched.

      Namo Amida Bu –

      without effort

      it carries me everywhere.



      cannot be relied upon.

      Namo Amida Bu:

      the grace of Tathagata

      never fails.


      Every insight,

      is an offering.

      Namo Amida Bu –

      Buddha’s open hand

      puts peace in my heart.


      What riches!

      What poverty!

      Namo Amida Bu

      is enough

      for contentment.


      So many truths,

      so many lies –

      Namo Amida Bu


      is real.


      Reading the scriptures,

      bowing and praying,

      Namo Amida Bu

      is the candle

      that never falters.


      Studying and learning,

      contrition and reform;

      Namo Amida Bu

      does the trick

      in an instant.


      Sitting zazen,

      offering the world,

      Namo Amida Bu!

      Body and mind

      fall away.


      Born with faith

      I never forgot.

      Namo Amida Bu

      lit my way


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