Had it not been for Shinran Shonin-sama,
I might never have known what true humility was.
For when I contemplate that our Teacher
Who risked life and limb to spread the Nembutsu,
Awakening others to true faith in Amida,
Yet referred to himself as a bombu --
An ignorant, foolish person --
I am amazed, and tears come to my eyes.
Surely in the person of this aged man --
A bombu to himself,
A bodhisattva to his companions --
Was the very Life and Light of the Buddha
Made manifest to those of us living
In this deluded age.
Therefore, harken to the words of our Master;
Listen carefully, heed them well!
If you have heard correctly
You will be free forever
Of the heavy burden you carry.
~ In gratitude, November 26, 2013