Or is Amida a purely transcendent figure, active only in the human heart? If that is the case, is the universe simply suffering and samsara, with Amida as the only point of light - the Raft coming from the Other Shore ? Just when I began to think that the world was merely heaps of skhandas, or a collection of mindless cycles of force,
That's the way I look at it and the way it is seen in traditional Shinshu as well. Ippen doesn't belong to the Shinshu school, he was though without a doubt a great poet and evangelist.