5-2 Eighty Thousand Dharma-teachings
Those who are not concerned about their afterlife are considered to be ignorant persons, even though they may be well-versed in eighty thousand Dharma-teachings; those who have resolved the matter of the afterlife are described as wise persons, even if they are illiterate laymen or laywomen. So it is said.
Therefore, in our tradition we should know that for those who study various scriptures and are knowledgeable about Buddhism, all is in vain if they are ignorant of the single thought of entrusting.
Hence, in the words of Shinran Shonin we find, “No one, male or female, will ever be saved without entrusting oneself to Amida’s Primal Vow.”
For this reason, all women who abandon various practices and deeply rely on Amida Buddha with a single thought of entrusting, while convinced of their emancipation in the afterlife, will be born in Amida’s fulfilled land, then out of ten and a hundred out of a hundred. There should not be any doubt about this.
Humbly and respectfully.
それ､ 八万の法蔵をしるといふとも､ *後世をしらざる人を愚者とす｡ たとひ一文不知の尼入道なりといふとも､ 後世をしるを智者とすといへり｡
しかれば､ 当流のこころは､ あながちにもろもろの聖教をよみ､ ものをしりたりといふとも､ 一念の信心のいはれをしらざる人は､ いたづらごとなりとしるべし｡
されば聖人 (親鸞) の御ことばにも､ ｢一切の男女たらん身は､ 弥陀の本願を信ぜずしては､ ふつとたすかるといふことあるべからず｣ と仰せられたり｡
このゆゑにいかなる女人なりといふとも､ もろもろの雑行をすてて､ 一念に弥陀如来今度の後生たすけたまへとふかくたのみまうさん人は､ 十人も百人もみなともに弥陀の報土に往生すべきこと､ さらさら疑あるべからざるものなり｡
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)
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- Language ：English
- ISBN ：4-938490-20-X
- pages ：164
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