and daughters! Great love and compassion are called Buddha-nature. Why? Because great love and compassion always accompany
the bodhisattva, just as shadows accompany things. All sentient being will without fail ultimately realize great love and
compassion….Buddha-nature is called “state of regarding each being as one’s only child.”…
In my own life, this means that no matter what
my shortcomings are, I realize and am always aware of the great love and compassion which embraces me and that I will
For me, this means that even though I may err
at times, I can rest assured that I will still make it to the Pure Land.
We are all parts of universal web of being that stretches across all universal dimensions. All matter of energy are interrelated
to all sentient beings are grasped in the infinite, compassionate embrace of Amida. Thus, all beings influence and are influenced
by me and are composed of the same substance that composes me all living things have genetic and molecular material in common.
How can I not see all others as, at the very least, my cousin, if not my own parent or child?
I am inspired by this inner meaning of the Nembutsu,
I realize I must work for peace and human good, acutely aware of the deceptive pretension and limitations of action implicit
in my passion ridden human nature. I cannot take credit for anything I achieve. Shinran was quite aware that good could come
from ego-driven action, but that does not validate our egoism as good.