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

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Those who think they will never fall into hell
     Are certain to go there;
Those who believe they will be born in the Pure Land
     Rarely attain their goal.
What way is left for me, then,
     Apart from the Original Vow?

Yokohama, Japan
April 10, 2016

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