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

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Words from a Good Teacher

 
"Especially because you are an ordinary person, you can't afford not to be sure where you go after death. So, if you encountered Amida's helping hand, accept it immediately, without any second thought. You must not assume yourself any risk and do not allow death to catch you unprepared, that is, without faith (shinjin). Let smart guys and virtuous practitioners dwell in the 'here and now,' realize emptiness, oneness, or whatever they say they realize, but you stay humble and cling to the sleeves of Amida."
 
~ Rev. Josho Adrian Cirlea