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 22, 2015

Amida's Protection is Real

"We can live a peaceful and unshaken life if we are aware that we are protected by Buddhas, Tathagatas, and enfolded in love and compassion of various holy ones." —Zuiken

Since Amida Buddha is true and real, it goes without saying that His daily protection is likewise true and real. Indeed, our compassionate Parent is altogether dependable and worthy of trust. So we don't need to be afraid of spiritual obstacles, whether internal (blind passions) or external (maras). We are secure in the protection of Amida's Light, which grasps and embraces us at all times and in all places. This is one of the 10 benefits in the present life of a true disciple of Shakyamuni, enabling us to live a life that is illuminated through and through by Great Compassion.

NAMO AMIDA BUTSU