Amida Tathagata is absolutely trustworthy;
His Primal Vow is entirely dependable.
In the sacred Name given to us,
We find the confirmation of our Birth.
Why are you still not convinced?
Give up all your calculative notions--
Your supposed faith, aspiration, and practice.
These are the products of your foolish mind;
They are one and all tainted by self-power,
And are not “true and real” by any means.
Simply entrust yourself to the raft of the Vow!
It will carry you to the Other Shore without fail.
You doubt your Birth because you are ignorant
Of the inconceivable Primal Vow-power;
To understand the Name in six characters
Is to know that Birth is completely settled.
“Peace of mind through hearing the Name”
Is the incomparable teaching of Shinshu.
Our Parent is calling with open arms;
Why do you linger in this burning house?
Pass through the great thousandfold world
And be forever free from birth-and-death!
Once you are safe in the enfolding Light,
The Nembutsu will naturally pour forth.
Oh, how marvelous this is! How wonderful!
True shinjin is the diamond-like Mind;
Our recitation is the echo of His Call.
Lines composed on August 11, 2015, at around 7:30 in the morning.