Month: February 2017

The Texture of Life

A fleeting life saved by Amida Tathagata

 歸 命 無 量 壽 如 來

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The following poem – The Texture of Life – is an adaptation from an earlier post expressing the four seals of the Buddha Dharma. This precious human life is illusory, being naturally characterized by impermanence, painful suffering from blind passions and the non-existence of an independent soul. On the other hand, Nirvana – the Unconditioned Land of Enlightenment proferred by Amida Buddha – is a true and real realm of Peace and Bliss.

Amida Buddha dedicates His infinite store of merits and virtues equally on all suffering beings like ourselves for our going forth to His Pure Land. Mundane foolish persons who recognized their utter inability to free themselves from the firm clutches of pain and suffering by self-power, would single-heartedly take refuge in Amida Buddha and His fulfilled Primal Vow, being assured that they are permanently freed from the vicious cycle of samsara at the end of their lives.

Deeply grateful to Amida Buddha, I say Namo Amida Butsu (南 無 阿 彌 陀 佛), remembering that His Vow of Great Compassion was specially made to save a wretched, evil person like me, who simply do not have the nature or capacity to save himself.

A fleeting and impermanent life, that had been in the firm clutches of samsara for billions of transmigrations, is now and forever embraced and not forsaken by Amida Buddha:

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THE TEXTURE OF LIFE

The texture of life
Appears rough or fine,
Fashioned by strong karmic threads
Accumulated from countless time.
Fleeting and impermanent

Closely examining the fabric
We will definitely see,
The ugly stained threads of blind passions
Weaving the net of suffering without cease.
Interdependent

Our own wretched existence
Despite the persistent hue and cry,
Are just like dust specks
Against the vast sky.
Insignificant

Yet, we have already been proffered
The Unconditioned Land of Enlightenment,
More than fifty billion years ago
By Amida’s grace and compassion.
Inconceivable

The Buddha’s Primal Vow
Call of Boundless Compassion,
Was made to save an evil person like me
In my wretched condition.
Namo Amida Butsu

His wonderful Gift of Salvation
Received by me in this precious human life,
Is the fabric of Infinite Compassion
Assuring my freedom from pain and strife.
Namo Amida Butsu

Recognizing that my useless self-power
Cannot free me from the pain of samsara,
I take refuge and gratefully rely
On the Vow-power of Amida Buddha.
Namo Amida Butsu

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

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May all who listened deeply to this message ‘Hear’:

The Call of Boundless Compassion

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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Nembutsu of Gratitude

THE NEMBUTSU OF GRATITUDE

念 佛 法 恩

This beautiful musical piece with lyrics is the composition of Richard St. Clair. It is his heartfelt expression of Saying the Name of Amida Buddha in deep gratitude to The Buddha for His Boundless Compassion in bestowing on him the Inconceivable Gift of Shinjin. In his YouTube presentation, he writes…

This short vocal piece is an expression of the composer’s faith in and gratitude to the Buddha Amida for the assurance of salvation in the Pure Land at his life’s end. The composer wrote his own lyrics for this piece, which was written in one inspired evening in July 2016 in a burst of thankfulness. The lyrics are as follows:

Namu Amida Butsu, Namu Amida Butsu.
Amida is True and Real;
His Pure Land is True and Real.
I take refuge in the Primal Vow,
Amida’s Gift to all suffering beings,
embracing all and forsaking none.

Amida is my loving parent, my Oya-sama,
my Mother and my Father.
Thank You, Amida Buddha,
thank You Amida Buddha:
Namu Amida Butsu; Namu Amida Butsu.

You are my Refuge and my Salvation,
my joy at the certainty of Birth
as a True and real Buddha
in Your Land of Peace and Bliss.
What a Wondrous Gift, this Shinjin!

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Thank you Rick for your wonderful presentation of The Nembutsu of Gratitude, that is unfailingly recited by all our Dharma Brothers and Sisters who have received Amida Buddha’s Inconceivable Gift of Shinjin.

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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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