THE CALL OF BOUNDLESS COMPASSION
大 悲 無 倦 常 照 我
The White Path out of samsara…..
Extremely evil persons should just Say The Name of The Buddha
Who has also grasped and embraced me
Though blind passions have obscured my eyes and I cannot see
Great Compassion is untiring and constantly illumines me.
This Blog is created out of constant reflections on The Boundless Compassion of Amida Buddha, clearly and thoroughly expounded in the excellent teachings of Venerable Master Shinran on The True Pure Land Way. Based strictly on his wonderful magnum opus the Kyo Gyo Shin Sho, his other excellent expositions and poems, most articles posted here, would have each, a calligraphic visual presentation quoting the original classical Chinese text.
Suffering beings like ourselves do not know why we are born here – in a perishing environment attached to greed, hatred, ignorance, jealousy and pride – living perhaps for only a short period of a 100 years and then blindly leaving this world in agony for another unknown existence of continued pain and suffering. How painfully foolish and blind we are, not making use of this precious human birth which has brought us the right condition to free ourselves from this vicious cycle of birth and death.
This blog also records the amazing journeys of mundane foolish persons (凡 夫 – bombu) who have Listened Deeply (深 聞) to the teachings on Amida Buddha and His fulfilled Vows. They are brought to receive the inconceivable gift of Shinjin (信 心), the entrusting faith that Amida Buddha freely bestowed on them when they single-mindedly entrust themselves and their karmic destiny entirely to the Tathagata and His Primal Vow – (阿 彌 陀 佛 本 願). Their amazing journeys are gratefully told here under blog posts, listed below, as ‘Pundarikas’- rare white lotuses that arise from the mud of blind passions.
With profound gratitude to The Buddha for saving them from samsara – the dreadful cycle of birth, endless suffering and death, they Say The Name (Nembutsu – Namo Amida Butsu 南 無 阿 彌 陀 佛). When Shinjin is received, even wretched persons like us who are overwhelmed with deep-rooted ignorance and blind passions – completely incapable of extricating ourselves from the firm clutches of pain and suffering – are saved solely by Amida Buddha and the power of His Compassionate Vow.
Amida Buddha’s True and Real Shinjin (真 實 信 心), is His Absolute Confidence that all persons who sincerely entrust themselves to Him, will definitely be born, as they wish, in His Land of Peace and Bliss. Through His innumerable manifestations in this world, The Tathagata, without a moment respite, tirelessly saved countless beings in the past and continues right now to lead those who are karmically ripe out of this vicious cycle of birth, suffering and death.
Being always amongst the multitudes, The Tathagata, using various skillful methods, sets up the appropriate karmic connections with sentient beings to enable them to be saved in the future. We should know that Amida Buddha has already accomplished our Pure Land birth by fulfilling for each of us our aspirations and their attendant practices – all ignorant sentient beings will realise this fact sooner or later when they are ready to receive Amida Buddha’s precious gift of Shinjin.
Shakyamuni Buddha, who appeared in India over 2500 years ago, taught about the persistence of suffering and how to put an end to suffering. For 45 years, The World-honored One, Teacher of gods and humans expounded countless Dharma discourses and brought immeasurable number of disciples to enlightenment. The Tathagata’s strong presence and Buddha-field enabled persons of different capacities to obtain emancipation in the Age of Right Dharma (正 法 時 代) lasting 500 years from His parinirvana.
The Buddha then revealed that the main purpose for which He came to this world was to preach Amida Buddha’s Vow of Boundless Compassion which promises to save all mundane foolish persons (凡 夫, bombu), good or evil, irrespective of age, gender, social status, intelligence or living conditions, especially in the 1000 years of The Semblance Dharma Age (像 法 時 代) and particularly in this latter day of The Dharma Ending Age (末 法 時 代) that followed.
We are now deep in this Dharma Ending Age (末 法 時 代) in which human beings – firmly possessed by greed, hatred, ignorance, jealousy and pride – are absolutely incapable of practising strictly in accordance with Shakyamuni Buddha’s lifetime teachings to obtain enlightenment by their own self-power, strict discipline, difficult practices. The Buddha, out of great compassion for all suffering beings, exhorts all His disciples like ourselves who truly do not have the capacity for these practices, to sincerely entrust themselves completely to Amida Buddha’s fulfilled Primal Vow which is a sure way of breaking free from the relentless cycle of samsara at the end of this life in mortal flesh.
Shinran Shonin, a true disciple of Shakyamuni Buddha, lived in Japan from 1173 – 1263. He listened deeply to the Buddha Dharma and honestly realizing that he is utterly incapable in performing difficult Buddhist practices, he abandoned all those sundry practices after 20 years as a fervent practitioner. Single-mindedly he entrust himself and took refuge in Amida Buddha and His Primal Vow. Receiving The Inconceivable gift of Shinjin (信 心), the profound entrusting faith bestowed on him by Amida Buddha and full acceptance of the power of The Compassionate Vow brought him clear knowledge that without any doubt, he will become a Buddha at the end of his life.
With immense gratitude to Amida Buddha and deep compassion for his fellow suffering beings, he passionately wrote in classical Chinese, excellent volumes of a literacy masterpiece, the Kyo Gyo Shin Sho – The Teaching, Practice, Faith and Realization of the Pure Land Way (淨 土 教 行 信 證) – a wonderful complete exposition on the only viable and direct path to Amida’s Pure Land of Peace and Bliss. For 30 years he meticulously wrote down what he had been taught, his thoughts, experiences and intimate realizations on the inconceivable compassionate activities of the Tathagatas and recording them into a huge treasury of wonderful writings delineating the ‘White Path’, an ‘Easy Way’ – the only way possible for wretched beings like us to get out of samsara.
The two World-honored Ones’ Boundless Compassion and the true benevolence of Master Shinran are extremely difficult to repay by a small, foolish and worthless lay follower. But strongly inspired by Master Shinran’s earnest teachings and his beautiful four line poetry, his Gatha of True Faith (正 信 偈), I make this pale attempt to convey my heartfelt gratitude to the Tathagatas and to Master Shinran. I sincerely wish that one more person will be encouraged to listen deeply to the True Pure Land Teachings of Master Shinran and come to hear The Call of Boundless Compassion; thereby putting a permanent end to his pain and suffering in samsara.
The Buddha’s infinite merits and virtues
Are bestowed equally on all beings.
May all accept Amida’s Gift of Shinjin
And obtain birth in His Land of Peace and Bliss.
Namo Amida Butsu 南 无 阿 彌 陀 佛
Namo Amida Butsu 南 无 阿 彌 陀 佛
Namo Amida Butsu 南 无 阿 彌 陀 佛
Home Page – The Call Of Boundless Compassion:
Chapter 2 – The Primal Vow ( 阿 彌 陀 佛 本 願 )
Chapter 3 – Gatha of True Faith ( 正 信 偈 )
Chapter 4 – True and Real Shinjin (真 實 信 心)
Chapter 5 – True Disciple of Buddha ( 真 佛 弟 子 )
Chapter 6 – Amida’s Gift of Salvation ( 南 無 阿 彌 陀 佛 )
Chapter 7 – Karmic-consciousness of Shinjin ( 信 心 業 識 )
Chapter 8 – TRUE AND REAL Teaching ( 淨 土 真 實 教 行 信 證 )
Chapter 9 – Listening Deeply ( 深 聞 淨 土 真 實 教 行 信 證 )
Chapter 10- Hindrance of Doubt (疑 情 為 所 止)
Chapter 11- Dharma Ending Age (末 法 時 代)
Chapter 12- True Buddha and Land (淨 土 真 佛 土)
Chapter 13 – Ajatasatru – The Story of who we really are
Chapter 14 – The Texture of Life ( 歸 命 無 量 壽 如 來)
Blog Posts : Pundarikas – Amazing Journeys to receive Shinjin
18 Oct.2015 – Heng Ng: Embraced by Amida
03 Nov.2015 – Valerie: I Now ‘Get It’
04 Nov.2015 – Paul Roberts: Amida is a Real Buddha
08 Nov.2015 – Camille: Finding my True Dharma Family
12 Nov.2015 – Rick St.Clair: Finding a True Teacher of Shinjin
05 Dec.2015 – David Kruemcke: Abandoning self-power Pure Land
13 Jan.2017 – Ajatasatru – The Story of who we really are
Other Blog Posts: Dharma articles and poems
Blog Posts with: Songs on Shin Buddhism
16 Dec 2016 – Amida’s Gift of Salvation (music by Rick)
27 Jan. 2017 – Embraced and not forsaken (music by Rick)
07 Feb. 2017 – Nembutsu of Gratitude (lyrics & music by Rick)
09 Apr. 2017 – Song on The Texture of Life (music by Rick)