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Saturday, April 9, 2022

Continuing from yesterday's post

Even according to the Shin school, who believe in Amida Buddha as a saver of sentient beings, this is also true. Amida Buddha. When we say Amida Buddha, Amida Buddha includes every one of us. The mouth we repeat Amida Buddha's name is also Amida Buddha's mouth, not our mouth. When we practice, when we repeat his name with this idea, then that is to believe in Amida Buddha. It is not because we repeat his name that Amida Buddha saves us. But because all of us are originally Amida Buddha, a part of Amida Buddha, so the only thing is, we should believe in him. That is how we believe in Amida Buddha.          --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 68-07-23 - as found on shunryusuzuki.comfrom one of the newly discovered (2021) lecture tapes. Edited by DC  - Going through Suzuki lectures and posting anything that can stand on its own. Not looking for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these excerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. Go to for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo