Listening Deeply

深 聞 教 行 信 證


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


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. This repeated exposure to the true teachings in our past lives 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), the entrusting faith that guarantees our complete freedom from the vicious 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 understanding 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 to Master Shinran for his benevolence in meticulously transmitting to us the True Teaching, Great Practice, True Shinjin and True Realization of The Pure Land Way, so that we can receive Amida Buddha’s gift of Salvation, I am presenting below a poem on LISTENING DEEPLY to his repeated exhortations:


The vicious cycle of birth and death
Firmly holds all suffering beings,
Yet those wishing to be freed
Struggled in vain with self-centered means.
Blinded by idiotic spiritual faculties
Their efforts are useless with little effect,
So, mundane foolish persons
Deeply Listen and reflect.

We should honestly realize that
In this Age of corrupted Dharma
We are doomed to complete failure
Salvation surely denied by self-power.
Taking the easy path of the Pure Land
We are saved by the Buddha’s Vow-power
So, mundane foolish persons
Deeply listen and ponder.

The Larger Sutra clearly expounds
The true Land of Peace and Happiness
Revealing to us The True Teaching
That saves those in utter wretchedness.
With True and Real existence
Amida’s Salvation is absolutely perfect
So, mundane foolish persons
Deeply Listen and accept.

Fulfilling His Primal Vow
Amida saves all without exception
When we sincerely Say His Name
The Great Practice of Compassion.
By simply entrusting in His promise
Our Salvation is guaranteed
So, mundane foolish persons
Deeply listen and take heed.

With the one-thought moment
Of complete reliance on The Vow
We are grasped and not forsaken
By His Light of Great Compassion.
This is the precious gift of True Shinjin
Bestowed solely by Amida’s grace
So, mundane foolish persons
Deeply listen and be embraced.

On receiving settled Shinjin we know
That we will obtain True Realization
So, with profound gratitude to Amida
We Say The Name of Great Compassion.
Holding Shinjin firmly in our hearts
We naturally come into Amida’s presence
Our practice of Listening Deeply persists
As a habit of mundane foolish persons.

The Buddha’s infinite merits and virtues
Are bestowed equally to 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, Namo Amida Butsu
Namo Amida Butsu, Namo Amida Butsu
Namo Amida Butsu, Namo Amida Butsu


Through the single-minded practice of Listening deeply to the Buddha Dharma; particularly the True Dharma on Amida Buddha and His Primal Vow as clearly described in the Larger Sutra of Immeasurable Life, may all mundane foolish persons who sincerely aspire to escape from the painful clutches of samsara at the end of this unsatisfactory life, quickly ‘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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