Dharma Card for September, 2012
It won’t go as I like;
Even if you want it to go as you like,
it won’t go as you want.
If it were to go as you like,
the full moon wouldn’t wane.
Now I am enwrapped by Namuamidabutsu
wholly as I am.
--- Myokonin Saichi Asahara
Rev. Kyo Kusunoki, who was well versed with a number of
myokonin or unique Shin Buddhists, introduced the above poem
by Saichi. I am reminded of this poem when I am entrapped with some
trouble in everyday life. The point is the result of “as I like or want.”
“If everything were to go as you like,” says Rev. Daiei Kaneko,
“there wouldn’t be any other person but you around in this world.” An ego-
centric being as I am, I might wish those whom I don’t like would vanish,
and eventually nobody would live around me.
The Larger Sutra goes, “Stupid and callous people lack forethought,
and only wish to satisfy their own desires.” They are surely deluded by
their passionate attachments, which rightly correspond to “as I like or
When we want to do as we like, we should realize that it is a delusion of
our own passionate desire. However, we are in the light of Namuamidabutsu
that clarifies the delusion and saves us as we are. And then naturally we
find ourselves saying the nembutsu in gratitude.