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We find our inner self when NAMU-AMIDA-BUTSU i…

matthewsatori:

We find our inner self when NAMU-AMIDA-BUTSU is pronounced once and for all. My conclusion is that Amida is our inmost self (Buddha-nature), and when that inmost self is found, we are born in the Pure Land. – D. T. Suzuki

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There is an Unborn, Unoriginated, Uncreated, U…

There is an Unborn, Unoriginated, Uncreated, Unformed. If there were not this Unborn, this Unoriginated, this Uncreated, this Unformed, escape from the world of the born, the originated, the created, the formed, would not be possible.
But since there is an Unborn, Unoriginated, Uncreated, Unformed, therefore is escape possible from the world of the born, the originated, the created, the formed.

Everyone who has realized this Mind, attaining…

Everyone who has realized this Mind, attaining to Buddhahood, wants to make it known to mankind. But men, clinging stupidly to superficial forms, find it hard to believe in this purposeless Dharma-kaya, this pure, true Buddha.
To give it a name Buddhas resort to such metaphors as “Treasure Gem of Free Will,” “Great Path,” “Amitabha Buddha,’” “Buddha of Supreme Knowledge,” “Jizo,” “Kannon,” “Fugen,” etc.
Every epithet of a Buddha or a Bodhisattva is simply a different designation for the One-mind. If one believes in his own Buddha-mind, it is the same as believing in all Buddhas.

Thus as a mother with her life Will guard her …

Thus as a mother with her life
Will guard her son, her only child,
Let him extend unboundedly
His heart to every living being.
And so with love for all the world
Let him extend unboundedly
His heart, above, below, around,
Unchecked, with no ill will or hate.

matthewsatori: Suffering beings are incalcul…

matthewsatori:

Suffering beings are incalculable; I vow to save them all.

Delusions are inexhaustible; I vow to quench them all.

The teachings are unfathomable; I vow to master them all.

The Buddha Way is unsurpassable; I vow to attain it.

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matthewsatori:

“There was something formless and perfect
before the universe was born.
It is serene. Empty.
Solitary. Unchanging.
Infinite. Eternally present.
It is the mother of the universe.
For lack of a better name,
I call it the Tao.
It flows through all things,
inside and outside, and returns
to the origin of all things.
The Tao is great.
The universe is great.
Earth is great.
Man is great.
These are the four great powers.
Man follows the earth.
Earth follows the universe.
The universe follows the Tao.
The Tao follows only itself.”

— Lao-Tzu, The Tao Te Ching

Don’t be surprised when God blesses you if eve…

Don’t be surprised when God blesses you if everybody doesn’t celebrate you. Some people can’t handle your success. Instead of getting upset with them, remember that opposition is a sign that God has something greater, something that you haven’t seen.

One peacemaker is more powerful than a dozen p…

One peacemaker is more powerful than a dozen people that want to argue. When you’re a peacemaker, God breathes on your life.

We fight too many battles that don’t matter. I…

We fight too many battles that don’t matter. If that battle is not between you and your destiny, then it’s a distraction. You have to learn to let things go.

Children must be able to play, study and grow …

Children must be able to play, study and grow in a peaceful environment. Woe to anyone who stifles their joyful impulse to hope!