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 Buddha’s
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?