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- The Three Refuges in Jodo Shinshu Buddhism -
Orthodox Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Teachings. Official website of Amidaji temple.
Amida Buddha, The Greatest of All Buddhas
Is the Buddha of Infinite Wisdom
Is the Buddha of Boundless Compassion;
He took countless kalpas
As a Bodhisattva named Dharmakara
To fully understand the Law of Karma
And thereby to provide the means
To save all suffering beings
Whoever and wherever they are
To bring them to Buddhahood
Through His loving Other Power.
No other Buddha accomplished this
It is for this reason that Amida Buddha
Is honored and hailed by All Buddhas
As the Greatest Buddha of All.
He created His wondrous Pure Land
As a realm where all suffering beings
Can go and thereby become
Buddhas themselves through
The Power of Amida's Primal Vow.
Shakyamuni Buddha's Prime Reason
For appearing in Our World
Was to reveal the Great Amida Buddha
And to teach the way to salvation
That Amida offers to all
As revealed in the Larger Sutra
On Amida Buddha
Expounded by Shakyamuni
Thousands of years ago.
We are so fortunate
To be born in this Age
Where the Easy Path to Salvation
Through Amida's Other Power
Is at last revealed and taught
In simple terms anyone can understand
By Master Shinran and Master Rennyo
For the benefit of one and all.
Let us thank Shinran and Rennyo,
Let us thank Shakyamuni Buddha,
But most of all,
Let us thank Amida Buddha,
The Savior of all beings
Who has already secured
The salvation of all suffering beings,
Only the time when their karma ripens
Determines when they will accept
Amida's loving grasp
That does not abandon.
This is truly wonderful!
It is inconceivable!
But it is true, a great dispensation
Whereby Amida Buddha shares
His entire store of karmic merit
With all who take refuge in Him.
Namu Amida Butsu
Thank You, Amida Buddha!
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