Shin Aphorism (6)
Translated by Zuio H. Inagaki
"How wonderful are the Tathagata's words
The Tathagata's words of truth are wonderful.
They are the store of profound and abstruse
teachings. We, ordinary persons, foolish
and dark-minded, burdened with heavy karmic
hindrances, have nothing to do but revere
and uphold - accept them in faith.
The Tathagata is the Great Compassionate
One, the One of Great Wisdom. The Power of
his Vow of Great Compassion is inconceivable.
This means that the working of Amida Buddha,
the fully Enlightened One,is inconceivable.
The Tathagata is the greatest store of merit;
he is the ocean of Great Wisdom.
The Tathagata is our compassionate Father-and-Mother,
and we are his children.
Shinran Shonin says in a hymn:
"Shakyamuni and Amida are our compassionate
father and mother;
Providing various skillful means,
They lead us to awaken in us
The Faith, supreme and unparalleled."
Our compassionate Father-and-Mother, Amida,
has realized the Great Enlightenment, in
which the saved and the saving power are
united in harmony and the two kinds of benefit
- Amida's self-benefit and our benefit -
are perfectly consummated. It is manifested
as "Namo Amida Butsu." How inconceivable
it is! How grateful I am! The Buddha's Mind
isinconceivable, so is the Buddha's Vow-Power.
Faith is the Pure Faith, vast and without
hindrance. The birth we will attain is the
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