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

Friday, August 25, 2017

HORAI Introduction #201


The profundity, the height, the preciousness, and the mystery of Shaka Nyorai’s perfect enlightenment and Amida Nyorai’s perfect enlightenment cannot be reached by words or by the mind.

The preciousness of the perfect enlightenment is the preciousness of the Great Truth of the Dharma-realm, the preciousness of mind-nature (Dharma-nature, Buddha-nature), the preciousness of meditative concentration [dhyana-samadhi], the preciousness of Great Wisdom and Great Compassion. It is the preciousness of Namo Amida Butsu.