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I believe the Nembutsu is true because, if the…

I believe the Nembutsu is true because, if the Dharmakaya is real, then Amida is real. Amida Buddha is the personification of the Dharmakaya. In the words of Shinran, ‘The Nembutsu alone is true and real.’

The Brahman of the Hindus, like the Dharmakaya…

The Brahman of the Hindus, like the Dharmakaya of the Buddhists, and the Tao of the Taoists, can be seen, perhaps, as the ultimate unified field, from which spring not only the phenomena studied in physics, but all other phenomena as well.
In the Eastern view, the reality underlying all phenomena is beyond all forms (e.g. beyond a god) and defies all description and specification. It is, therefore, often said to be formless, empty, or void. But this emptiness is not to be taken for mere nothingness. It is, on the contrary, the essence of all forms and the source of all life.

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us we…

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.

If Buddhism is true, the Pure Land path is my …

If Buddhism is true, the Pure Land path is my only chance of enlightenment. Nagarjuna described it as the easy path to Buddhahood, for those incapable of monastic practices.

If I were to recommend one book of all the Bud…

If I were to recommend one book of all the Buddhist scriptures, it would be the Dhammapada. It contains all the wisdom of the Buddha; it is all you need.

One with aberrant views may recite Nembutsu as…

One with aberrant views may recite Nembutsu as a person with aberrant views. Each should recite Nembutsu in his own manner. This is because Amida Buddha awakened his all-encompassing essential vow for all sentient beings in the ten directions.

In Mahayana teaching, Dharma-body is the Ultim…

In Mahayana teaching, Dharma-body is the Ultimate Truth of all reality, yet it’s without name and form. Amida Buddha is therefore a skillful device (upaya) which makes the reality of Dharma-body knowable to us, foolish beings. In the words of Shinran, ‘The Nembutsu alone is true and real.’

I really do not know whether the Nembutsu may …

I really do not know whether the Nembutsu may be the cause for my rebirth into the Pure Land (the realm of Nirvana), or the act that shall condemn me to hell. But I have nothing to regret, even if I should have been deceived, and, saying the Nembutsu, fall into hell.
If I were capable of attaining Buddhahood by other religious practices and yet fell into hell for saying the Nembutsu, I might have dire regrets for having been deceived. But since I am absolutely incapable of any religious practice, hell is my only home.

The basic cause of life’s suffering is a…

The basic cause of life’s suffering is a person’s bonno – base passions
or worldly desires – which is often referred to as blind passions. They
are called ‘blind’ because although they seem obvious in others and
may appear easy to understand, more often than not, people fail to see those qualities in themselves.
Thus, the human being is blind to the very cause of suffering. A person’s bonno are countless, but those that cause the most problems are greed, anger, and unawareness.
Once people become aware that the cause of suffering is blind desire,
they will also see that the cessation of suffering occurs with the dispelling of the egoistic mind and heart, and seek the world of nirvana (the Pure Land).
This term, ‘nirvana,’ literally means ‘blow out,’ as in blowing out the
flame of a candle and refers to the state in which blind desires no longer control human behavior. Thus, transcending the ego, the source of suffering, is the ultimate goal.

Amida Buddha is the ‘personal’ or …

Amida Buddha is the ‘personal’ or human-facing dimension of Nirvana—the accessible aspect of the Dharma-Body that condescends, so to speak, to address us directly according to our pitiable condition. It can do so directly and intimately because, at base, it is “us”—our fundamental essence—so by liberating us as individuals it is also liberating aspects of itself.