Listening Deeply

LISTENING DEEPLY TO THE KYOGYOSHINSHO
深 聞 教 行 信 證

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Deeply listen to The True and Real Pure Land Teaching 
Deeply listen to The True and Real Pure Land Practice 
Deeply listen to The True and Real Pure Land Shinjin 
Deeply listen to The True and Real Pure Land Realization

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Listening Deeply ( ) to the True Pure Land teachings of Master Shinran leads us to accept the True and Real existence of Amida Buddha and His fulfilled Pure Land of Peace and Bliss. Repeated exposure to the true teachings in our past and during this life, allows us to finally resolve all our doubts regarding Amida Buddha and The Primal Vow. Thus, we ‘HEAR’ without any doubt His compassionate call and receive His inconceivable gift of Shinjin (信 心) that guarantees our complete freedom from the relentless cycle of pain and suffering in samsara at the end of our lives.

In his magnum opus the KyoGyoShinSho (教 行 信 證), Master Shinran expounded clearly and thoroughly, on the True and Real Teaching, Great Practice, Shinjin and Realization of The Pure Land Way. In order that our intellectual listening is brought down from our minds to find a place deeply in our hearts, he exhorts us – mundane foolish persons (凡 夫 , bombu) – to reflect (夫 以), ponder (竊 以), take heed (謹 按) and so on – deeply listening to the Dharma messages and finally to ‘HEAR’ The Primal Vow.

With profound gratitude for his benevolence in meticulously transmitting this True teaching to us so that we can receive Amida Buddha’s gift of Salvation, I am paraphrasing what he has taught in the following poem on Listening Deeply:

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The vicious cycle of samsara
Firmly holds suffering beings,
Yet those wishing to be freed
Struggled in vain with self-centered means.
Their puny capacities
Are useless with no effect,
So, mundane foolish persons
Deeply Listen and reflect.

When we honestly realise
With the ripening of good karma,
That we are spiritual idiots
In this Age of corrupted Dharma.
We are doomed to complete failure
Salvation deprived by self-power,
So, mundane foolish persons
Deeply listen and ponder.

The Larger Sutra
On The Land of Happiness,
Is The True Teaching
For those lost in wretchedness.
With True and Real existence
Amida’s Salvation is perfect,
So, mundane foolish persons
Deeply Listen and accept.

Amida’s Primal Vow
Saves all without exception,
With Saying His Name
As The Great Practice of compassion.
Just by entrusting in His promise
Our Salvation is guaranteed,
So, mundane foolish persons
Deeply listen and take heed.

With the one-thought moment
Of complete Vow-power reliance,
We are firmly grasped
By The Light of Compassion.
This is the precious gift of Shinjin
Bestowed on us by Amida’s grace,
So, mundane foolish persons
Deeply listen, be embraced.

People of settled Shinjin
Are assured of True Realization,
Spontaneously they say His Name 
Grateful for Amida’s compassion.
And naturally they continue
To deeply listen and relate,
So, mundane foolish persons
Deeply listen, replicate.

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NAMO AMIDA BUTSU   南 無 阿 彌 陀 佛
NAMO AMIDA BUTSU   南 無 阿 彌 陀 佛
NAMO AMIDA BUTSU   南 無 阿 彌 陀 佛

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