Showing posts with label POEMS PRAYERS ASPIRATIONS. Show all posts
Showing posts with label POEMS PRAYERS ASPIRATIONS. Show all posts

Friday, December 30, 2016

Verses of aspiration when making offerings

altar of Amidaji temple


I offer this flower to Amida Buddha on behalf of all beings. By seeing its decaying beauty may we realize that our lives and so called "spiritual achievements" are transitory, and turn our minds and hearts to the Salvific Power of Amida Buddha.

I offer this burning candle to Amida Buddha on behalf of all beings. May we accept Amida's Light which permeates every corner of the Universe, and entrust to Him with unshakable faith.

I offer this incense to Amida Buddha on behalf of all beings. May we become imbued with the perfume of His Dharma, receive faith in Him and be born in His Pure Land after death.

I offer this cup of water to Amida Buddha on behalf of all beings. May our thirst be forever saturated in His Pure Land where we attain perfect Enlightenment.

I offer this cup of rice to Amida Buddha on behalf of all beings. May we receive faith in Him and guide others to faith. May the seeds of Amida Dharma multiply endlessly until the ocean of Samsaric existence becomes empty.
Namo Amida Butsu

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These words came to my mind spontaneously when sitting in front of the altar of Amida Buddha and making offerings. They are NOT some kind of merit transference, but a simple wish and act of awareness. Every object in the temple is a reminder of Amida's Compassion for us, and the need to rely on Him single heartedly. As far as I know, the flowers, incense and candles signify impermanence, perfume of Dharma and Light of Amida,  respectively, in all Shinshu temples affiliated with Hongwanji. Of course, one can simply say the Nembutsu, without the need for any other verse,  hymns or ritual implements. Its up to everyone to enjoy his (her) personal relation with Amida Buddha as he (she) likes it.

PS: instead of water you can offer tea or any other non-alcoholic drinks


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Tariki - A tanka sequence on Amida Buddha



                                                          by Richard St. Clair (Shaku Egen)

My mind
is like a lump of coal:
my heart is as black
and as cold
as arctic midnight.

All these lives
I have been aching
for release
from the wheel
of birth and death.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

My prayer to Shinran and Rennyo


I renamed this category POEMS, PRAYERS, ASPIRATIONS. Here I will post all kinds of texts, old and new that fit into this description and might be of help to Jodo Shinshu followers. Please feel free to send me any poem, prayer or aspiration that you discover in the sacred texts, various modern works or even those composed by you. All that matter is that you be inspired by it in your own nembutsu path.
Bellow is my personal prayer to Shinran and Rennyo.

                                                     


Shinran and Rennyo,
My Compassionate parents,
please always stay on the crown of my head and bless me.
By the Power of Amida,
May I and my Dharma companions
be always in accord with your teachings
and receive the same shinjin like you.
May I always meet and be influenced
only by teachers and lay people
that are faithful to you and do not deviate from your words.


Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Settlement of Birth

by Tokujo Jason Ranek



Amida’s name contains all things:

His Trikaya nature,
My bombu nature.

My taking refuge in Him,
His vows and practice on my behalf.

His perfect enlightenment,
My birth in the Pure Land.

That Amida truly abides
As Trikaya Buddha
Is not to be wondered at.

What is truly more wonderful?

NamoAmidaButsu
Is the living Buddha on my lips!

Like waves make sense of water!
Like chimes intone the wind!


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other poems by Tokujo Jason Ranek you can read here and here

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Dharmicness - poem by Jason Ranek



Here is another beautiful poem from Jason Ranek, my nembutsu friend from Norway. Those who enjoyed his Hymn of Amida Buddha's 18th Vow, will surely like this one, too.


“Dharmicness”
“Dharmicness” means not brought about in any way
by the practicer’s calculation…
-Shinran


For five long years I listened to the Dharma
But only heard the sound of my own mind working.
All that my mind was able to produce
Was just a false and manufactured shinjin.
Please, leave Amida to Amida’s business!
Entrust yourself and reverently step aside,
For a stance of doubt before the boundless Light
Is the most miserable of attitudes.
When hearing the Dharma is one’s only practice,
Life changes utterly, becoming a journey
Of self-reflection, humility and gratitude.
How grateful I am that the only wisdom to be found,
Throughout the ten directions of the universe,
Is to live as a child of Amida Buddha!

NamoAmidaButsu

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Hymn of Amida Buddha’s 18th Vow

I am very happy to share with you this poem written by my nembutsu friend, Jason Ranek from Norway. It contains a beautiful and good explanation of the essentials of Jodo Shinshu teaching in a poetry style. I hope you'll like it and find it useful for your understanding, as I myself did.



Hymn of Amida Buddha’s 18th Vow
by Jason Ranek

1.

Listen well to the Dharma
Of Other Power

And entrust yourself
To Amida.

Amida Buddha vowed
That whoever trusts in him

Lives in his infinite light
And, dying, becomes a buddha.


2.

Listen well to the Dharma
Of Other Power

And entrust yourself
To Amida.

You cannot earn
A lotus seat in the Pure Land;

Birth is given by virtue
Of Amida’s 18th Vow.


3.

Listen well to the Dharma
Of Other Power

And entrust yourself
To Amida.

Uncover your cup
To receive the Dharma rain,

Then faith, and the Nembutsu,
Will naturally arise.

4.

Listen well to the Dharma
Of Other Power

And entrust yourself
To Amida.

The only practice
In which you need endeavor

Is to hear the teaching
Again, and again, and again.

5.

Listen well to the Dharma
Of Other Power

And entrust yourself
To Amida.

All has been accomplished
By the Buddha –

His compassion universal,
His care generous to a fault.

6.

Listen well to the Dharma
Of Other Power

And entrust yourself
To Amida.

A mind free of doubt
Is a mind at peace;

The Buddha gives it freely
To those who listen.


7.

Listen well to the Dharma
Of Other Power

And entrust yourself
To Amida.

The Buddha’s light penetrates
The densest matter –

The human heart –
Letting no shadow be cast.


8.

Listen well to the Dharma
Of Other Power

And entrust yourself
To Amida.

Even your blind passions,
Ignorance, and karmic evil

Are not obstacles
To enlightenment.


9.

Listen well to the Dharma
Of Other Power

And entrust yourself
To Amida.

In the Nembutsu of pure faith,
Sentient beings and Buddha

Become one substance,
Like steam vanishing into air.



10.

Listen well to the Dharma
Of Other Power

And entrust yourself
To Amida.

Though it seems that it is we
Who entrust ourselves,

It happens wholly by
The working of the Buddha.


11.

Listen well to the Dharma
Of Other Power

And entrust yourself
To Amida.

When the mind breaks open
In one moment of joy,

Say ”Namu Amida Butsu”
In heartfelt thanks.


12.

Listen well to the Dharma
Of Other Power

And entrust yourself
To Amida.

Think of it! In one thought
Of entrusting and joy,

All one’s suffering,
With certainty, is ended!



13.

Listen well to the Dharma
Of Other Power

And entrust yourself
To Amida.

Death comes more swiftly
Than the mind moves;

Hear this teaching
And entrust with haste!


14.

Listen well to the Dharma
Of Other Power

And entrust yourself
To Amida.

Do not worry at all
About attaining Shinjin;

Leave Amida
To Amida’s business.


15.

Listen well to the Dharma
Of Other Power

And entrust yourself
To Amida.

There is no greater wisdom
Than to live as a child

Of Amida Buddha.
Namu Amida Butsu!



16.

Listen well to the Dharma
Of Other Power

And entrust yourself
To Amida.

In this Dharma
There is nothing to be done

But hear, entrust,
And be saved.


17.

Listen well to the Dharma
Of Other Power

And entrust yourself
To Amida.

The Nembutsu alone (1)
Leads only to the borderland.

Receive the heart of faith
Given by the Buddha!


18.

Listen well to the Dharma
Of Other Power

And entrust yourself
To Amida.

Once Shinjin is firmly settled,
Live and die in naturalness

Then be born
In the Land of Peace!


Namu Amida Butsu.

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(1) Nembutsu recited without absolute faith in the salvation power of the Primal Vow, also named self-power nembutsu (jiriki nembutsu). Some Pure Land followers think that through the recitation of the Name of Amida they accumulate personal merits and virtues that can be further transfered towards their birth in the Pure Land. Those who have such thoughts cannot entrust from their whole heart in the Power of Amida and because of their doubt they do not go directly to the Pure Land, but are born in the so called "Border Land" of the Pure Land. This land is also called "Land of indolence and pride". They dwell there until they overcome their doubts, and thus are finally able to be born in the true Pure Land - where they become immediately Buddhas.