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Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Once Is Enough

Before Shinran, to repeat Amida Buddha’s name was a kind of practice, to be saved by Amida Buddha. If we wanted to be saved by him, we could repeat it, many, many times. That was the idea of repeating Amida Buddha’s name. But, according to Shinran, because we are originally saved by Amida Buddha, even if you say it once, that is enough [laughs]. If you are aware of your true nature, that is enough.

—Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-07-21 - as found on edited by PF. Go to or for links to the full Shunryu Suzuki lecture and the source of the photo.

Amida Buddha