5-3 Women Remaining in Lay Life
Women who remain in lay life should realize and never entertain the slightest doubt that those who, without any calculation, deeply rely on Amida Buddha single-mindedly and unwaveringly, entrusting themselves to the Buddha for their emancipation in the afterlife, will all be saved.
This is the intent of the Primal Vow of Other Power, the vow of Amida Tathagata.
Beyond this, whenever they feel joy and gratitude for their emancipation in the afterlife, they should simply say “Namo Amida Butsu, …”
Humbly and respectfully.
それ､ 在家の尼女房たらん身は､ なにのやうもなく､ 一心一向に阿弥陀仏をふかくたのみまゐらせて､ 後生たすけたまへと申さんひとをば､ みなみな御たすけあるべしとおもひとりて､ さらに疑のこころゆめゆめあるべからず｡
このうへには､ なほ後生のたすからんことのうれしさありがたさをおもはば､ ただ南無阿弥陀仏､ 南無阿弥陀仏ととなふべきものなり｡
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.
To purchase the book ‘Letters of Rennyo’ , Translated by as part of the Hongwanji Shin Buddhism Translation Series, this is the publication information & link:
- Title ：Letters of Rennyo
- Author ：Shin Buddhism Translation Series
- Language ：English
- ISBN ：4-938490-20-X
- pages ：164
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If you would like a digital copy containing more translated letters than listed above (albeit not translated by Hongwanji), you can download a PDF from the Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai (BDK – Amercia) website here: Link: https://bdkamerica.org/product/tannisho-passages-deploring-deviations-of-faith-and-rennyo-shonin-ofumi-the-letters-of-rennyo/
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