The line from that quote from Ippen that says:
"This body is the form of our drift in the flow of impermanence,
hence from instant to instant I arises and perishes".
This is an extremely important point.
If you think you live maybe a long or short life,
and then you die, and then you go to Amida's realm,
you are still clinging to a self that is real.
in other words, you are still relying on self-power.
"Once our false thinking has completely ceased,
There is neither start nor finish, beginning nor end;
In the oneness of Buddha and sentient being
------------------------------------Ippen (Hymn of Amida's Vow)
This accumulation of flesh and thoughts,
takes birth and dies as the dream experience of "me"
every second, in this human realm, this Saha world.
as quickly as a fleeting thought.
That is why you do not have to wait until the day that you stop breathing.
The pure land comes to you right now.
If not so,
then how can Amida be infinite?
Profile Picture: "The Foaming Monk"
The Chinese characters are Fo (buddha) and Ming (bright). The image is of a student of Buddhism, who, imagining himself to be a monk, and not understanding the true meaning of the words takes the sound of the words literally. Likewise, People on web forums sometime seem to be foaming at the mouth. Original painting by P.Volker /used by permission.