We just had a study group meeting at Amida Mandala Temple. Only three of us but a very rich hour. Predictably we came round to the issue of ‘is one Nembutsu enough?’ My understanding: In a sense it is, because when we call Amida we become one with his vow and the Pure Land and thus we are saved. In another sense we have to keep calling him so that he can keep saving us. As if we’re all lost in a thick fog and Amida is a few steps ahead of us illuminating the way, we have to keep him in sight so that he can lead us to safety. Nembutsu cuts through the fog making it possible to follow. This was one of the fruits of our discussion. Also, we talked about Indra’s net, Nagarjuna’s ‘one bright pearl’, quantum physics and psychology. Not bad for a sixty minute session!!!
Namo Amida Bu( :
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