Peace and Happy Holidays!Posted: December 25, 2009 | Author: Doug | Filed under: Buddhism, Jodo Shinshu | 1 Comment »
In the spirit of peace and goodwill in the world on this day, allow me to quote the words of Shinran the founder of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism from a letter he wrote to a disciple on trial in the 13th century:
Your general defense, as you have written of it in your letter, has been well thought out. I am very pleased. In the final analysis, it would be splendid if all people who say the nembutsu, not just yourself, do so not with thoughts of themselves, but for the sake of the imperial court and for the sake of the people of the country. Those who feel uncertain of birth [in the Pure Land after death] should say the nembutsu aspiring first for their own birth. Those who feel that their own birth is completely settled should, mindful of the Buddha’s benevolence, hold the nembutsu in their hearts and say it to respond in gratitude to that benevolence, with the wish, “May there be peace in the world, and may the Buddha’s teaching spread!” Please consider this carefully. I do not think you need to deliberate about any matters beyond this.
The famous phrase by Shinran in Japanese here is:
yo no naka annon nare
May there be peace in the world.
Happy Holidays everyone!
Namu Amida Butsu