Once upon a time there was a traveler from the lands below.
Lived in a cottage in the mountains all alone.
The only company he had were the animals and the trees.
Though company they were none the less spoke in language only the soul hears.
Songs of days passed they sang just…Continue
Honen encouraged his followers to set aside special times for intense practice; half a day, or a whole day, or a week. We’ll be continuously chanting nembutsu for three hours this morning. Unlike Honen I don’t manage to recite sixty or seventy thousand nembutsu everyday, as I’m going about ordinary life, so I love these set aside times when I can immerse myself in the presence of the Buddha, in the Buddha-field, in the Pure Land.…