Gratitude and Thanksgiving
- Hi All :)
Came across the following today which brougth inspiration and joy to
the heart. Namo Amida Butsu
A talk given at an interfaith service kudos to the author?
"As I understand it, my charge here this afternoon is to read or recite
some passage from the literature of my school of Buddhism, which is
Jodo Shin Shu---the True School of the Pure Land---, which is the
tradition of the Cleveland Buddhist Temple.
So here goes:
NAMO AMIDA BUTSU. NAMO AMIDA BUTSU. NAMO AMIDA BUTSU.
Of course, since I recited that in my approximation of the Japanese
pronunciation of a Sanskrit phrase, I suppose that I owe you some sort
So here it is.
There are many different schools of Buddhism, perhaps as many schools
as there are Buddhists, for there is nothing that one is
required to believe to be a Buddhist and each of us can only
follow our own path.
But one thing that almost all Buddhists have in common is that they
have many reasons for giving thanks. Giving thanks is a basic part of
Buddhist practices: thanks to our parents, thanks to our friends,
thanks to the lunch we ate today, thanks to things just as they are,
and especially thanks to the Buddha for the Buddha's teachings.
Now the central teachings of the Buddha are that all things are
impermanent, that all things are interdependent, and that no thing, no
person, has an independent essence---that no person has an independent
self. The Buddha teaches us that as a result of these truths that
anyone---and that means every one of us---who clings to impermanent
things, and especially to the idea that one has an independent self,
is going to be disappointed and unhappy.
And finally the Buddha teaches that, if you don't want to be unhappy,
then you are going to have to truly get rid of the ignorant belief
that you have a separate self that exists somehow apart from that
of others. And, of course, since that means that you must recognize
the fact that you are inextricably interconnected with others, it
requires that you not only want to attain your own happiness but that
you want all beings to be happy.
And so the goal of all Buddhist practices is to attain wisdom and
compassion. The wisdom to free oneself from the fetters of one's
ignorance and greed and the compassion to wish that same freedom for
But Shin Buddhists like myself, ordinary ignorant people filled with
blind passions, have to recognize that we simply lack the capacity to
free ourselves from the bonds of our ignorance and greed.
Now the usual translation of NAMO AMIDA BUTSU is: ``I am one with
Amida Buddha---I am one with the Buddha of Infinite Light and
Life---I am one with the infinite wisdom and compassion that surrounds
But for an ignorant person like myself it is more likely at first to
be a cry of existential despair.
We are, however, taught in the Shin tradition that if we listen
carefully to NAMO AMIDA BUTSU we will hear Amida Buddha
calling us to entrust ourselves to the wisdom and compassion that
surrounds us. And when we truly hear that call, then NAMO AMIDA
BUTSU becomes: ``Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.'' Every day
becomes a day of thanksgiving. Every moment becomes an eternity of
NAMO AMIDA BUTSU. NAMO AMIDA BUTSU. NAMO AMIDA BUTSU."
- That would be from Peter Junger's latest blog at
Scroll down to "Giving Thanks."
--- dragonwriter4 <dragonwriter4@...> wrote:
> Hi All :)Buddhism,which is Jodo Shin Shu---the True School of the Pure
> Came across the following today which brougth inspiration and
> joy to the heart. Namo Amida Butsu
> A talk given at an interfaith service kudos to the author?
> "As I understand it, my charge here this afternoon is to read
> or recite some passage from the literature of my school of
Land---, which is the tradition of the Cleveland Buddhist Temple.
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- Hi Michael :)
Thanks for proviginh the link to the article and the author Peter Junger!
Interesting site, one to bookmark.
--Michael <epsilon717@y...> wrote:
> That would be from Peter Junger's latest blog at
> Scroll down to "Giving Thanks."