5-10 The Tradition of Shinran Shonin
What is taught in the tradition of Shinran Shonin is that the entrusting heart is essential. For when we abandon various practices and take refuge in Amida with singleness of heart, our birth in the Pure Land is settle by the Buddha through the inconceivable Vow-Power.
The state we thus attain is described as “with awakening of a single thought of entrusting, we join those who are in the stage of the truly settled.” Recitation of the nembutsu thereafter should be understood to be the nembutsu as an expression of gratitude for the Tathagata’s benevolence for settling our birth in the Pure Land.
Humbly and respectfully.
聖人 (親鸞) 一流の御勧化のおもむきは､ 信心をもつて本とせられ候ふ｡ そのゆゑは､ もろもろの雑行をなげすてて､ 一心に弥陀に帰命すれば､ 不可思議の願力として､ 仏のかたより往生は治定せしめたまふ｡
その位を ｢一念発起入正定之聚｣ (論註・上意) とも釈し､ そのうへの称名念仏は､ 如来わが往生を定めたまひし御恩報尽の念仏とこころうべきなり｡
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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