Holding Fast to Amida’s Sleeves (January 7)

As we enter the New Year, we may find ourselves seeking a truth that we can rely upon to guide us through the coming months. Rennyo Shonin assures us that single-minded entrusting in Amida Buddha can carry all of us across the the ocean of difficulty to the awakened realm of peace and bliss.

From The Letters of Rennyo Shonin (Gobunsho) Fascicle 5, Letter 12:

Those who wish to know in detail the essentials of the settled mind in our tradition do not necessarily require wisdom and learning. While aware of their deep karmic evil and helplessness, they should realize that Amida Tathagata is the only Buddha capable of saving such beings; putting aside all calculations, they should single-mindedly entrust themselves to the Buddha for their emancipation in the afterlife, as if holding fast to Amida’s sleeves. Then, Amida Tathagata will greatly rejoice and send forth from his body eighty-four thousand magnificent rays of light, embracing those beings in this light.

8:30 a.m. Shoshinge Sofu Chanting (click here for chanting text)
9:00 a.m. Mindfulness Meditation
9:30 a.m. Dharma Service
10:30 a.m. Dharma Discussion (Dharma Room)

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