Gobunshō – 御文章 – Fascicle 5-21 – Clear Statements in the Scriptures – 経釈明文 –

5-21 Clear Statements in the Scriptures

In attaining the settled mind recommended in our tradition, we should simply cast aside the inclination to perform various practices and miscellaneous acts and leave our evil karma to the Buddha, however deep it may be; if we deeply and solely rely on Amida Tathagata with a single thought of entrusting and wholehearted assurance of emancipation, we will all be saved, ten out of ten and a hundred out of a hundred. There should not be the slightest doubt about this, not even as small as a dew-drop.

We call those who entrust themselves in this way “people who have firmly attained the settled mind.” In the scriptures there are clear statements about this: “with the awakening of a single thought of entrusting, we join those who are in the stage of the truly settled” and “the practicers who have settle the cause for birth in everyday life.”

We should, therefore, bear in mind that the essential point is solely to rely deeply on Amida Buddha with a single thought of entrusting. Apart from this, remembering that we are profoundly indebted to Amida Tathagata for readily saving us, we should say the nembutsu always, whether waling, standing, sitting, or lying down.

Humbly and respectfully.

5-21 経釈明文

 とうりゅう安心あんじんといふは、 なにのやうもなく、 もろもろのぞうぎょう雑修ざっしゅのこころをすてて、 わがはいかなる罪業ざいごうふかくとも、 それをばぶつにまかせまゐらせて、 ただ一心いっしん弥陀みだ如来にょらい一念いちねんにふかくたのみまゐらせて、 おんたすけそうらへともうさんしゅじょうをば、 じゅうにんじゅうにんひゃくにんひゃくにんながら、 ことごとくたすけたまふべし。 これさらにうたがふこころつゆほどもあるべからず。

かやうにしんずる安心あんじんをよくけつじょうせしめたるひととはいふなり。 このこころをこそきょうしゃく明文めいもんには、 「一念いちねんぽっじゅう正定しょうじょうじゅ」 とも 「平生へいぜいごうじょうぎょうにん」 ともいふなり。

さればただ弥陀みだぶつ一念いちねんにふかくたのみたてまつること肝要かんようなりとこころうべし。 このほかには、 弥陀みだ如来にょらいのわれらをやすくたすけましますおんのふかきことをおもひて、 行住ぎょうじゅう坐臥ざがにつねに念仏ねんぶつもうすべきものなり。

あなかしこ、 あなかしこ。

Index of individual letters:

Fascicle 1-2 – Renouncing the World and Awakening the Bodhi-mind – 出家発心章
Fascicle 1-3 – Hunting and Fishing – 猟すなどり章
Fascicle 1-5 – Journey in the Snow – 雪中章
Fascicle 1-6 – Drowsiness – 睡眠章
Fascicle 1-8 – Construction at Yoshizaki – 吉崎建立章
Fascicle 1-13 – A Wrong View Concerning “Ten Kalpas Ago” – 此方十劫邪義章
Fascicle 2-4 – Severing Crosswise the Five Evil Courses – 横截五悪趣章
Fascicle 2-5 – Juzu – 珠数章
Fascicle 2-7 – Going Is Easy, but No One Is Born There – 易往無人章
Fascicle 2-11 – The Fivefold Doctrine – 五重義章
Fascicle 3-4 – The Great Sage, the World-honored One – 大聖世尊章
Fascicle 3-6 – Solely Saying the Name Constantly – 唯能常称章
Fascicle 4-10 – This Present Age – 今の世章
Fascicle 4-11 – The Unity of Beings and the Dharma – 機法一体章
Fascicle 4-12 – The Meetings Twice Every Month – 毎月両度章
Fascicle 4-14 – The Settled Mind of Our Tradition – 一流安心章
Fascicle 4-15 – Construction at Ozaka – 大坂建立章
Fascicle 5-1 – Those Lacking Wisdom in the Latter Age – 末代無智章
Fascicle 5-2 – Eighty Thousand Dharma-teachings – 八万法蔵章
Fascicle 5-3 – Women Remaining in Lay Life – 在家尼入道章
Fascicle 5-4 – Whether Men or Women – 抑男子女人章
Fascicle 5-5 – Attaining the Entrusting Heart – 信心獲得章
Fascicle 5-6 – Singleness of Heart, Great Benefit – 一念大利章
Fascicle 5-9 – All the Sacred Scriptures – 一切聖教章
Fascicle 5-10 – The Tradition of Shinran Shonin -聖人一流章
Fascicle 5-11 – The Annual Memorial Observance for Shinran Shonin – 御正忌章
Fascicle 5-12 – Holding on to Amida’s Sleeves – 御袖章
Fascicle 5-13 – The Unsurpassed, Profound Virtues – 無上甚深章
Fascicle 5-16 – White Ashes -白骨章
Fascicle 5-17 – All Women – 一切女人章
Fascicle 5-18 – The Master of Our Tradition – 当流聖人章
Fascicle 5-21 – Clear Statements in the Scriptures – 経釈明文
Fascicle 5-22 – The Teaching of Our Tradition – 当流勧化章

Other Resources:
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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