I found this in a book that I'm reading. It has challenged my current "understanding" of the Nembutsu. I tend to think of the name itself as salvation and the bridge to the Pure Land...
"...Nembutsu is not a means to gain salvation but a reflection of it. Shinran acknowledges there is nembutsu without true entrusting because he lived in an environment where nembutsu was recited for benefits and merit. By itself it cannot produce true entrusting. Nevertheless, they are inseparable as nembutsu spontaneously results from the awareness of Amida's embrace and all nembutsu following this is for the sake of gratitude as we are constantly aware of the Buddha's compassion and wisdom."
Namo Amida Bu( :
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