Category: Songs on Shin Buddhism

Song on The Texture of Life

A fleeting life saved by Amida Tathagata

 歸 命 無 量 壽 如 來

This poem ‘The Texture of Life’ has been set into a song by Richard St. Clair and beautifully presented on his You Tube channel.

It describes the ugly, stained texture of this unsatisfactory life, contrasting it with Amida Buddha’s wonderful fabric of Infinite Compassion that assures our birth in His Unconditioned Land of Peace and Bliss.

A fleeting and impermanent life, that had been in the firm clutches of samsara – the vicious cycle of birth and death that trapped us for trillions of transmigrations – is now saved and forever embraced and not forsaken by Amida Buddha:



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 who listened deeply to the message conveyed through this song,
gratefully ‘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


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!


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.


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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Embraced and not forsaken


攝 取 不 捨

This is an edition of an earlier post of my poem which has now been set into a beautiful musical composition, presented on You Tube by Richard St. Clair…


Embraced and not forsaken

Fishes are sustained
Embraced by water
My body and all material things
Are embraced by space.
My wretched mind
Transcends physical matter
Embraced and not forsaken
By Amida Buddha’s grace.

The one-thought moment
Of True Entrusting
Arises when I have Truly Heard
Amida’s Primal Vow.
Boundless Light of Compassion
Embrace without exception
All foolish mundane persons
Here and Now.


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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Amida’s Gift of Salvation

A poem on Amida Buddha’ Gift of Salvation


This is an edition of an earlier post of my poem which has now been set into a beautiful musical composition and presented on You Tube by Richard St. Clair…


I take refuge in Amida Buddha
Saying His Glorious Name
In deep gratitude for bestowing on me
His Inconceivable Gift of Salvation.

Endless suffering in the cycle of birth and death
Firmly grips this ignorant, wretched person.
And for billions of lives, I blindly endured
With no condition for emancipation.

But Amida Buddha patiently awaited
While my good karma slowly ripens,
Nurtured for more than fifty billion years
By His association and untiring presence.

Master Shinran’s wonderful message
Expounding Amida’s Gift of Salvation,
Revealed to me the work of Great Compassion
And my assured Salvation in the present.

Marvellously, in this precious human life
I finally Heard Amida’s Primal Vow,
As the spark of True Entrusting
Crosses all the gaps of doubt.

Neither have I, any accumulated merits
Nor ability to perform any good practice.
Yet, this no-root Gift of Entrusting Faith
Simply sprouted from Amida’s grace.

To say that it is simply Inconceivable
Truly describes this ineffable possibility,
How foolish persons with deep evil passions
Are saved by His Compassionate Activity

Accomplishing and fulfilling His Pledge
Amida embraces, not forsaking any person.
We are assured birth in His Land of Peace
The unconditioned realm of Enlightenment.

It is indeed difficult to adequately express
Our gratitude for His Gift of Salvation,
But thankfully calling His Glorious Name
We 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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