The radiant light, unhindered and inconceivable, eradicates suffering and brings realization of joy; the excellent Name, perfectly embodying all practices, eliminates obstacles and dispels doubt. This is the teaching and practice for our latter age; devote yourself solely to it. It is eye and limb in this defiled world; do not fail to endeavor in it. Accepting and living the supreme, universal Vow, then, abandon the defiled and aspire for the pure. Reverently embracing the Tathagata's teaching, respond in gratitude to his benevolence and be thankful for his compassion.

~ Shinran Shonin, Passages on the Pure Land Way

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

HORAI Introduction #204

          Buddhism is a battle between the darkness of sentient beings’ hearts and the Light (virtue) of Nyorai-sama’s great compassion. Sentient beings have no power to erase their sins. The power to extinguish sins is only the Light of the Tathāgata’s Original Vow, the Light of the Name, the Light of the Buddha-wisdom, the Light of the mind of great compassion. [This] Light is virtue.

 佛教は衆生の心の闇と、如来様の大悲の光明(功徳)との戦いである。衆生には自分の罪を消す力がない。罪を消す力は、唯だ如来の本願の光明、名号の光明、佛智の光明、大悲心の光明あるのみである。光明は即ち功徳である。