LuanTaoChe: Dear Brother Paul,
Thank you for sharing your experience of Jessie in The Pure
Land, as a full Buddha.
Dear LuanTaoChe -
Weve never met, and probably never will, this side of
But it is clear that we share the same reality.
LuanTaoChe: Was she not in great need of compassion? If the
answer is YES, then her fate is defined by The Primal Vow,
and she is both in The Land of Bliss and amongst us now as
an enlightened being.
Yes, Jessie was in need of great compassion - without
And yes, her fate was defined by the Primal Vow, rather than
her own merit - because she became a person of True
And yes, she responded in one thought moment to the call of
Amida Buddha thanks to Taitetsu Unnos book - Shin Buddhism:
Bits of Rubble Turn To Gold - which transmitted Shinrans
teaching to her listening ears and open heart.
And yes, she is now both in The Land of Bliss and amongst us
now as an enligtened being.
LuanTaoChe: One cannot grasp this Shinjin
one is grasped BY it.
No, we cannot grasp this SHINJIN - this TRUE ENTRUSTING. We
can only be grasped by it - even as she was grasped.
LuanTaoChe: There is no explanation for Namu Amida
even through the tears.
No, ultimately there is no logical explanation for Namu
Amida Butsu (for abandoning ourselves to Amidas Infinite
Life - for taking refuge in Amidas vow).
And yes, ultimately there is only gratitude - even through
LuanTaoChe: Thanks for sharing the Glorious Mystery of The
I join you in thanking all who have come before us, who
shared faithfully and accurately the Final Teaching of
Shakyamuni Buddha for plain people like us.
Had they not shared, how would we have heard?
Had they not been faithful and accurate, how would we have
Had they not themselves been people of SHINJIN - of TRUE
ENTRUSTING - how would we have come to be people of SHINJIN
too - liberated by knowing that we too are grasped - never
to be abandoned - no matter what?
NamuAmidaButsu! With you and countless others, including my
beloved Jessie - I have taken refuge in Amida Buddha and his
NamuAmidaButsu! With you and countless others I too am being
carried on the easy path - the sure path - the path of
simple entrusting - to full and final liberation at the end
of this life - where we will meet, as Buddhas, at last.