I understand that at the moment such entrusting Faith arises in me, my deliverance from Samsara is settled with the assurance of birth in the Pure Land, and joyfully accept that recitation of the Nembutsu which follows is to express my indebtedness to Amida.
How grateful I am that I have come to this understanding through the benevolence of the founder, Shinran Shonin, who appeared in this country and of the masters of the succeeding generations who have guided me with deep compassion!
From now on, I will abide by the rules of conduct all my life.”
Shinran himself quoted Nirvana Sutra in his Kyogyoshinsho, where it is clearly stated that: the emancipation of non Buddhist ways is called impermanent; the emancipation of Buddhist ways is called eternal. So we abandon all non-Buddhist ways and follow only the Buddha Dharma, but in doing this we respect other people’s religious decisions and do not denigrate them.
photo: Hongwanji Shinshu crest inside a Dharma wheel