5-1 Those Lacking Wisdom in the Latter Age
Laymen and laywomen in the latter age who lack wisdom should deeply rely on Amida Buddha with singleness of heart, entrusting themselves to the Buddha single-mindedly and unwaveringly for their emancipation, without turning their thoughts to other matters. However deep and heavy their evil karma may be, Amida Tathagata unfailingly saves them.
This is the essence of the Eighteenth Vow that assures our birth in the Pure Land through the nembutsu.
Once our heart is thus settled, we should say the nembutsu, whether awake or asleep, for as long as we live.
Humbly and respectfully.
末代無智の在家止住の男女たらんともがらは､ こころをひとつにして阿弥陀仏をふかくたのみまゐらせて､ さらに余のかたへこころをふらず､ 一心一向に仏たすけたまへと申さん衆生をば､ たとひ罪業は深重なりとも､ かならず弥陀如来はすくひましますべし｡
かくのごとく決定してのうへには､ ねてもさめてもいのちのあらんかぎりは､ *称名念仏すべきものなり｡
Index of individual letters:
Letters of Rennyo: The Essence of Shin Buddhism (essay/talk by Rev. Daien T. Haseo)
Letters of Rennyo – On Youtube (presented by Rev. Sugahara Yuki)
Complete Letters of Rennyo translation by the Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai follow this link to their website to download a copy.
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- Title ：Letters of Rennyo
- Author ：Shin Buddhism Translation Series
- Language ：English
- ISBN ：4-938490-20-X
- pages ：164
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