Dharma Card for March, 2014


        Nameless grasses bear fruits,

         after blooming their own flowers

          with all their might.

                                ---by Mitsuo Aida


       In the Sutra on Amitāyus Buddha, an aspect of

   the Land of the Ultimate Bliss is described like


 In the seven-jeweled ponds are lotuses as

   large as chariot-wheels---the blue ones radiating

   a blue light, the yellow a yellow light, the red a

   red light, and the white a white light. They are

   marvelous and beautiful, fragrant and pure.

       Each flower is different from others and is

   glorious by itself, because they are all illuminated

   by the light of the Buddha.  Likewise the Shoshinge or

   Hymn of True Shinjin and the Nembutsu by Shinran goes,

   The multitudes of beings all receive this radiance.

   The Larger Sutra also mentions that gunmo or the

multitudes of grasses are the object of the Buddhas


       Yes. We nameless grasses, if we encounter the light

   or the nembutsu of the Tathāgata, will surely be able

   to bear fruit or attain fruition. The light leads us to

the settled realization that we are gratefully blessed

with our own lives.

       Why not bloom our own flower of this gratitude

saying Namuamidabutsu to the full?