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:
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.