parting words

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    Honen's "One-Page Document": In China and Japan, many learned masters have taught that the nembutsu is to meditate deeply on Buddha. But that is not my understanding. Nembutsu is not meditation, nor does it come from study. It is nothing but reciting namu-amida-butsu and believing in our birth in the Pure Land. The Three Minds and Four Modes of Practice are all contained in this. If I am withholding any deeper knowledge than simple recitation of namu-amida-butsu, may I be lost to the compassion of the two buddhas and slip through the embrace of Amida’s original vow. Those who accept this in faith, though they master all the teachings of Shakyamuni, ought to avoid putting on airs and simply recite namu-amida-butsu alongside illiterate followers of little understanding, no matter whether they be women or men.More »
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    from the Dhammapada More »
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    Artwork by An Xiao. Haiku by Andrew Schelling More »
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    Artwork by An Xiao. Haiku by Andrew Schelling More »
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    Buddha and Brimstone Paid Member

    Parting Words is also available in PDF format. © 2006. Reprinted with permission of the author. Sparkplugcomicbooks.com More »
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    A page from Asiaddict, a cartoon travelog by Mats!? More »