For those who are ready,
To the deathless state is
You that have ears, give
The conditions that bind
you and enter in. (Majjhima Nikaya)
However I pray to be without
“I”, my character is that I cannot be without “I, and as I come to comprehend this, I cannot help feeling
an inexplicable loneliness and desolation…Yet when I come to penetrate to the very bottom of that desolation, then as
I stand, there suddenly manifest a power of absolutely unconditional compassion. It is a power which will never desert me.
(Zen Abbot Obora)
True peace of mind…can
be obtained only when one is personally awakened to the stark-naked fact that every effort is ultimately in vain (Zenkei Shibayama).
Like a bird, he rises on
the limitless air and flies an invisible source. He wishes for nothing. His food is knowledge. He lives upon emptiness. He
has broken free (Dhammapada).
At the moment of awakening,
the Buddha exclaimed: “Wonder of wonders! All living beings are truly enlightened and shine with wisdom and virtue.
But because their minds have become deluded and turned inward to the small self, they fail to understand this” (Kegon
We don’t go out of
this world in order to be born into the Pure
Land but we carry the Pure Land.
Being born in the Pure Land means discovering the Pure Land within ourselves….the Pure Land is this dirty Earth itself…My
conclusion is that Amida is our inner-most Self and when that inner-most Self is found, we are born in the Pure Land (D.T.
Land is not millions and millions of miles away in the west, it is right here and
those who have eyes can see it around them (D.T. Suzuki).