why i say the nembutsu...

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Zenshin 善心
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why i say the nembutsu...

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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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who is saying the nembutsu... :tongue:

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dumbbombu:

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

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:applause: excellent!

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:twothumbsup:

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Very nicely done :)
"止觀明靜前代未聞"
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"此妙法蓮花經者本地甚深之奧藏也"
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Your post prompts uttering the nembutsu for me!
Namo Amida Butsu

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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.

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Yes, it is lovely, heartfelt, and true.

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love it, no BS

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Thanks for re-posting.
Most excellent.
:namaste:
More about Mindfulness here
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Really wonderful.

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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.
ॐ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय
oṃ namo bhagavate vāsudevāya

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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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:good:

I just read that like a dozen times. Awesome!

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