Dharma Card for November, 2017
The Breath of Dear Tathagata is
On returning, it becomes my life．
Parent and child live the same life;
The same breath is the nembutsu;
What a gratitude our tie
What a gratitude!
by Rev. Zuiken Inagaki
Rev. Zuiken Inagaki (1885-1981) delivered a series of ardent lectures
at the summer special Dharma session in Goshoji Main Temple, and when
I asked a question, he replied as shown above.
“Namoamidabutsu,” uttered from my mouth, is
really “Dear Tathagata’s
breath! he said. I thought I was saying the nembutsu of my own volition,
but it was really a call from Dear Tathagatha, wishing to save me from
delusion! Moreover, when I heard in my ears the nembutsu I uttered, it
had returned to become my own life! What an impressive revelation!
“Saying the nembutsu, we breathe the same breath with Dear Tathagata!”