Happy Thanksgiving!

On this day of gratitude and thanksgiving, I found this nice little poem by Shinran, founder of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism that seemed fitting. This is number 30 from the shōzōmatsuwasan (正像末和讃) collection:

弥陀の尊号となへつつ
信楽まことにうるひとは
憶念の心つねにして
仏恩報ずるおもひあり

Those pronouncing the revered Name of Amida
And truly attaining faith
Are constantly mindful of Amida
And desire to return in gratitude the Buddha’s benevolence.

For me, when I read this, I feel that because I encountered Buddhism, and it inspired me to a new way of thinking (encountering the Light of Amida Buddha), I cannot help but express gratitude for this, and so say the nembustu, Amida’s Name. But beyond that, I also feel inspired to put the teachings into practice as best I can, in spite of my limitations and faults.

To me, this is Pure Land Buddhism at it’s best. :)

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

P.S. No, I did not translate. I am not even close to that good. I found the English first, and with some trial-and-error on Google, I figured out where the Wasan was.

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