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I found this in Honen's 'The Promise of Amida Buddha' this morning & thought you'd like it. Namo Amida Bu.

All of our deeds in the realms of samsara result from ties with the three worldly passions of greed, anger and ignorance. Understand that when the worldly passions of greed, anger, and ignorance surface, an illusion arises that causes one to fall into the lower realms. Do your best to prevent such an occurrence. 

If these worldly passions arise, merely think of them as a guest of the heart, and think of nembutsu as the host of the heart. In this way, birth in the Pure Land will be possible. Contrarily, if you think of the worldly passions as the host and nembutsu as the guest, nembutsu becomes virtue mixed with worldly passions and falsity, making rebirth in the Pure Land impossible.

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Comment by Satyavani Robyn on May 6, 2014 at 15:06

Thanks Mat - helpful to hear you say this about the nembutsu - keep on keeping on! Sounds like an interesting transformation... Amazing bluebells here too. Hope you enjoyed yours. So ghostly!

Comment by Mat Osmond on May 4, 2014 at 10:21

Thanks for this Satya. Although I immediately felt drawn to Honen's words here - which remind me of that beautiful 'guest' passage by Rumi that keeps popping up - my first thought when I read this was that really, its as yet the other way around for me: nembutsu is the latest 'guest' in an ongoing, swinging-door cycle. (Where, perhaps, a certain kind of restless grasping at solutions is playing host?)

I wanted to come back to this passage, just to say that I've been noticing, in a simple and everyday sense, that the undertaking to recite a million nembutsu has been serving to turn this around, somewhat. Moods come and go - one week all is flowing, sparkling, the next its pushing porridge uphill. Meanwhile, just keep on keeping-on ... a few more...a few more... an unhurriedness settling in around the practice, which is - oddly - the very opposite of how the whole prospect of 'counting' first struck me.

Hope spring is as sweet in malvern as here. Off to a deep bluebell wood with kids today...

Comment by Satyavani Robyn on April 24, 2014 at 12:23


Comment by Jiko on April 23, 2014 at 23:15
Passing by
Like clouds
In a blue
Nembutsu sky


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