The radiant light, unhindered and inconceivable, eradicates suffering and brings realization of joy; the excellent Name, perfectly embodying all practices, eliminates obstacles and dispels doubt. This is the teaching and practice for our latter age; devote yourself solely to it. It is eye and limb in this defiled world; do not fail to endeavor in it. Accepting and living the supreme, universal Vow, then, abandon the defiled and aspire for the pure. Reverently embracing the Tathagata's teaching, respond in gratitude to his benevolence and be thankful for his compassion.

~ Shinran Shonin, Passages on the Pure Land Way

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

After Rain

Nembutsu can't be contained.
It will burst forth,
Like the sun after rain,
Like rain after drought.

Slicing an onion causes
The eyes to water and weep;
The taste of Buddha-Dharma
Brings Nembutsu to the mouth.

How powerful is the Primal Vow,
Which makes this good-for-nothing
Turn about at heart
And seek the Pure Land,
As a weary and wandering child
His parental home!

In gratitude ~ November 19, 2013

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