Dharma Card for September

 

    In feeding and excretion, nobody else can take your place,

   for it is a vital function for your own life.

   In Dharma hearing also, nobody else can take your place,

   for it is a vital practice for your own spirit.

                                          ---from a Dharma Bulletin book

 

 

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    “Nobody else can take your place” appears in the Larger Sutra

    as follows:

      “Each receives his karmic consequences and nobody else can

    take his place. In accordance with different acts of good and evil,

    people are destined to realms of bliss and suffering.”

      Those who have long been engaged in evil acts like killing living

things, stealing, lying, ill speaking, greed, anger, etc. have accumulated

    such karmic consequences within themselves and will be drawn by them

down into the evil realms. However, Amida Buddha’s greatest drawing

power of Original Vow surpasses such karmic power by far. (It could be

compared to a sky rocket’s big power that kicks down the earth’s gravitation.)

  Such a transcendental saving power of Amida Buddha can only be experienced

by deeply hearing His Original Power and His Name for yourself.  Then

the vital task of your life will be fulfilled and you will be peaceful with your

after life.