why i say the nembutsu...

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why i say the nembutsu...

Postby Zenshin 善心 » Sat Jun 16, 2012 1:55 pm

i don't say the nembutsu for my birth in the Pure Land
that was already accomplished by Dharmakara Bodhisattva aeons ago

i say the nembutsu because some people infuriate me
i say the nembutsu because i lose my temper about petty shit
i say the nembutsu because i use people
i say the nembutsu because i hurt the ones i love

(and love discriminately)

i say the nembutsu because i cling to what does not last
i say the nembutsu because i always want more of what i do not have
i say the nembutsu because i am ignorant
i say the nembutsu because i believe it is me saying the nembutsu

i say the nembutsu because i lie to others and myself
i say the nembutsu because i pretend to be humble
i say the nembutsu because i am arrogant
i say the nembutsu because i am full of pride

i say the nembutsu because i am not a bridge
i say the nembutsu because i am not a raft
i say the nembutsu because i am not Santideva
i say the nembutsu because i am not a bodhisattva

i say the nembutsu because i am human all too human
with all the frak up contradictions, inadequacies and blind passions which ensue
and because i am loved and held in spite of myself

i say the nembutsu

namandabu
namandabu
namandabu
All beings since their first aspiration till the attainment of Buddhahood are sheltered under the guardianship of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas who, responding to the requirements of the occasion, transform themselves and assume the actual forms of personality.

Thus for the sake of all beings Buddhas and Bodhisattvas become sometimes their parents, sometimes their wives and children, sometimes their kinsmen, sometimes their servants, sometimes their friends, sometimes their enemies, sometimes reveal themselves as devas or in some other forms.


- Ashvaghosa, The Awakening of Faith

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Re: why i say the nembutsu...

Postby plwk » Sat Jun 16, 2012 3:13 pm

who is saying the nembutsu... :tongue:

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Re: why i say the nembutsu...

Postby steveb1 » Sat Jun 16, 2012 3:57 pm

dumbbombu:

Excellent prose-poem on why you say the nembutsu :)

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Re: why i say the nembutsu...

Postby DGA » Sat Jun 16, 2012 5:43 pm

:applause: excellent!
DGA's PhD dissertation, a history of "mindfulness," is available here:

https://www.academia.edu/25482900/WHAT_ ... _OF_STRESS

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Re: why i say the nembutsu...

Postby Rakz » Sat Jun 16, 2012 10:49 pm

:twothumbsup:

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Re: why i say the nembutsu...

Postby jikai » Sat Jun 16, 2012 11:42 pm

Very nicely done :)
"There are no seperate dharma's in the Three Realms. There is only the operation of the one mind."
"Whoever wishes to benefit beings ought to establish teachings that fit their capacities, expound the dharma in accordance with their capacities, and match the doctrines to them"

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Re: why i say the nembutsu...

Postby Shutoku » Sun Jun 17, 2012 5:51 am

Your post prompts uttering the nembutsu for me!
Namo Amida Butsu

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Re: why i say the nembutsu...

Postby Admin_PC » Thu Mar 13, 2014 5:22 am

Zenshin 善心 wrote:i don't say the nembutsu for my birth in the Pure Land
that was already accomplished by Dharmakara Bodhisattva aeons ago

i say the nembutsu because some people infuriate me
i say the nembutsu because i lose my temper about petty shit
i say the nembutsu because i use people
i say the nembutsu because i hurt the ones i love

(and love discriminately)

i say the nembutsu because i cling to what does not last
i say the nembutsu because i always want more of what i do not have
i say the nembutsu because i am ignorant
i say the nembutsu because i believe it is me saying the nembutsu

i say the nembutsu because i lie to others and myself
i say the nembutsu because i pretend to be humble
i say the nembutsu because i am arrogant
i say the nembutsu because i am full of pride

i say the nembutsu because i am not a bridge
i say the nembutsu because i am not a raft
i say the nembutsu because i am not Santideva
i say the nembutsu because i am not a bodhisattva

i say the nembutsu because i am human all too human
with all the frak up contradictions, inadequacies and blind passions which ensue
and because i am loved and held in spite of myself

i say the nembutsu

namandabu
namandabu
namandabu


Stumbled on this today and it hits very close to home...
Thought it deserved a necro-posting.
月影の いたらぬ里は なけれども 眺むる人の 心にぞすむ
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Re: why i say the nembutsu...

Postby steveb1 » Thu Mar 13, 2014 6:19 am

Yes, it is lovely, heartfelt, and true.

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Re: why i say the nembutsu...

Postby Rakz » Thu Mar 13, 2014 6:48 am

love it, no BS

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Re: why i say the nembutsu...

Postby Osho » Thu Mar 13, 2014 2:04 pm

Thanks for re-posting.
Most excellent.
:namaste:
More about Mindfulness here
http://bemindful.co.uk/

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(Dogen).

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Re: why i say the nembutsu...

Postby DiamondSutra » Sat Mar 15, 2014 7:51 am

Really wonderful.

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Re: why i say the nembutsu...

Postby Jainarayan » Wed Mar 19, 2014 3:38 pm

Nice! :applause: I think I should recite this when offering at my shrine, as well as other times, of course. If this doesn't engender mindfulness, I don't think anything will.
Worthy, wise and virtuous: Who is energetic and not indolent, in misfortune unshaken,
flawless in manner and intelligent, such one will honor gain. - Digha Nikaya III 273

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Re: why i say the nembutsu...

Postby myoshin » Mon Mar 16, 2015 4:16 pm

I love this poem, it brought tears to my eyes and reminded of all my self-power concerns and not the unconditional love and compassion of the Buddha of Improbable Light, Thank you. I am going to share this at our next Dharma Gathering.

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Re: why i say the nembutsu...

Postby Fortyeightvows » Mon Mar 16, 2015 10:17 pm

:good:

I just read that like a dozen times. Awesome!


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