Month: February 2019

Song on The Texture of Life

A fleeting life saved by Amida Tathagata

 歸 命 無 量 壽 如 來


The following poem – The Texture of Life – is an adaptation from an earlier article, which expresses the four seals of the Buddha Dharma and the Great Compassion of Amida Buddha in saving even wretched persons like ourselves. 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 to all suffering beings – is a true and real realm of Peace and Bliss.

Knowing that suffering beings like ourselves – who are completely overwhelmed by greed, hatred, ignorance, jealousy and arrogance –  are absolutely incapable to free ourselves by our own self- powered practices, Amida Buddha dedicates His infinite merits and virtues equally to us for our going forth to His Pure Land. Those who come to recognize their utter inability to free themselves from the firm clutches of samsara – the vicious cycle of birth, old age, sickness and death – would single-heartedly take refuge in Amida Buddha and His fulfilled Primal Vow.

Let us listen deeply and be fully awakened to the fact that we simply do not have the nature or spiritual capacity to save ourselves by performing any meditative or non-meditative practices. We should honestly realize that Amida’s Pure Land Way is the only viable route that affords a guaranteed passage out of samsara.

Deeply grateful to Amida Buddha for permanently extricating us from the relentless, dreadful realms of samsara, we say Namo Amida Butsu (南 無 阿 彌 陀 佛), taking refuge in the Tathagata and remembering that His Vow of Boundless Compassion was specially made to save wretched, evil persons like us.

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

With the lyrics from the following poem, Richard St Clair has passionately converted it into a beautiful musical composition, wonderfully presented on his You Tube channel – Song on 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, Interdependent

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

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

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, 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, Namo Amida Butsu
Namo Amida Butsu


May all ordinary foolish persons – caught in net of perpetual pain and suffering; struggling in vain to free themselves – listen deeply to the Dharma message sincerely conveyed by this song. Single-heartedly entrusting themselves and taking refuge in Amida Buddha and His Universal Vow, may they swiftly HEAR:

The Call of Boundless Compassion

This human life is fleeting and impermanent
With suffering arising from blind passions
Though illusory and abides in emptiness
Shows us the uncreated Land of Happiness

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 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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