Koso Wasan – On Youtube – Part 6: Master Genshin: Verses 88-97

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6. Master Genshin – Verses 88-97

Koso Wasan 88

Master Genshin stated:
‘Originally a Buddha, I appeared in this world;
The conditions for teaching others having already run their course,
I am returning to my primal land.’

Koso Wasan 89

Our teacher Genshin earnestly set forth,
From among all the teachings of the Buddha’s lifetime,
The single gateway of the Nembutsu,
And spread it among the beings of this defiled world in the
      latter age.

Koso Wasan 90

Master Genshin, who was among the assembly
That heard Shakyamuni on Vulture Peak,
Taught the difference between the fulfilled and transformed lands,
Thereby clearly setting forth the benefit of the single praxis
      over mixed.

Koso Wasan 91

Our teacher, Master Genshin,
Following the discourse of Master Huai-kan,
Quoted the Sutra of the Bodhisattva’s Dwelling in the Womb
To clarify the realm of indolence and pride.

Koso Wasan 92

In praise of persons of single practice,
He teaches that not one in a thousand will fail to attain birth;
In admonition of persons who perform mixed praxis,
He states that not one in ten thousand will be born.

Koso Wasan 93

He declares that births into the fulfilled Pure Land
Are not numerous,
And teaches that sentient beings born into transformed lands
Are not few.

Koso Wasan 94

For all people – men and women of high station or low-
Saying the Name of Amida is such
That whether one is walking, standing, sitting, or reclining is
      of no concern
And time, place, and condition are not restricted.

Koso Wasan 95

My eyes being hindered by blind passions,
I cannot perceive the light that grasps me;
Yet the great compassion without tiring,
Illumines me always.

Koso Wasan 96

We who aspire for Amida’s fulfilled land,
Though we differ in outward condition and conduct,
Should truly receive the Name of the Primal Vow
And never forget it, whether waking or sleeping.

Koso Wasan 97

For sentient beings of extreme evil, profound and immense,
There is no other way;
Wholeheartedly saying the Name of Amida,
We will be born in the Pure Land.

–> Next: Part 7: Genku (Honen) Shonin – Verses 98-119

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