The Name of Amitabha Buddha in Sanskrit
Hello, and welcome to my blog! In the posts to come, I will be sharing some thoughts, verses, and scriptures of Jodo Shinshu, the True Pure Land School founded by Shinran Shonin (1173-1263), in an attempt to convey the joy and truth of the teaching of shinjin (faithful mind) and the Nembutsu (reciting Buddha's Name).
The title of my blog comes from the Japanese word bombu, which means a foolish, ignorant person. In Jodo Shinshu, we come to see ourselves as bombu when we encounter the unlimited wisdom and compassion of the Buddha Amitabha (Amida) for the first time. Although the term bombu often carries a light, almost humorous meaning, in reality there is nothing funny or fun about being such a person burdened with evil karma. However, solely through the power of the Name fulfilled in the Primal Vow, the most depraved and miserable of bombu can enter the world of salvation.
Since I follow historic, orthodox Shinshu as delineated by Shinran Shonin and Rennyo Shonin and preserved by the Hongwanji-ha, this blog will not reflect the modernistic religious influence usually present in western Buddhism. Rather, I will celebrate the authentic teachings preserved in the sacred texts of our tradition, remembering the blessed words of Shakyamuni Buddha in the Larger Sutra:
The wisdom disclosed in the scriptures provides for all ways of life. It keeps essential principles together and clearly reveals the truth.
Being a busy bombu, my posts will necessarily be sporadic. However, firmly believing that a task should not be undertaken unless one plans to see it through, I fully intend to update this blog at least once a week. I encourage everyone who visits to listen deeply to the true dharma of the Pure Land Way, setting aside personal opinions and views, and letting their minds and hearts drift into the great ocean of universal compassion. If what I write here causes others to come to savor the true taste of the Nembutsu, then this blog will not be in vain.
May the unhindered light illumine you, wherever you are.
Namu Amida Butsu!