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

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Leave Everything to Amida

 
舟は帆まかせ 帆は風まかせ
私しや阿弥陀に 丸まかせ
 
The course of the boat is left to the sail,
the movement of the sail is left to the wind;
As for me, I leave everything to Amida.
 
~ Zuiken's Shinshu Dharma-pada