Dharma Card for May
Not knowing that the person in front of you
Might be a Buddha in incarnation,
How could you know the Pure Land?
---by Uhei Takahashi
Photo by Isamu Tsugo
“Finally I have attained shinjin,” said Masanao Maeda
to his senior Nembutsu person Uhei Takahashi. The latter
then retorted, “Your shinjin is just like a nap in the hell. Do
you worship your wife every day?” “What?” “If you cannot
worship your wife who has devoted herself to you just like
an Avalokitesvara (Bodhisattva of Compassion), you are not
qualified to hear the Dharma.…You should not take the
person in front of you just as an ordinary human being.
Our Parent Amida has disguised Himself as that person
simply for your sake, so receive His virtue in full appreciation.”
So saying, Takahashi went on to compose the above poem.
It is a well-known story that Shinran personally worshipped
his wife Eshinni as the Bodhisattva of Compassion, while she
had a secret dream that he was also the same Bodhisattva.
They were the couple who worshipped each other as
If we can worship the person before us as Buddha’s revelation,
what a super evolution of the nembutsu it must be!