The Buddhist Psalms
The Buddhist Psalms teach plainly the inmost heart of the Faith, raising up the firm foundation of the Buddhist teachings. "From the province of Echigo Shinran passed onward to that of Hitachi, and entered into seclusion at Inada, that little village of the region of Kasama. Very lonely was his dwelling, yet many disciples sought after him, and though the humble door of the monastery was closed against them, many nobles and lesser persons thronged into the village. So his hope of spreading abroad the Holy Teaching was fulfilled and his desire to bring joy to the people was satisfied. Thus he declared that the revelation vouchsafed to him in the Temple of Rokkaku by the Bodhisattwa of Pity was indeed made manifest." It is that revelation which speaks in these Psalms-the love, aspiration, passion for righteousness and humility which are the heart of all the great religious utterances of the world. "Alas for me, Shinran, the ignorant exile who sinks into the deeps of the great ocean of human affections, who toils to climb the high mountains of worldly prosperity, and is neither glad to be with them who return no more to illusion, nor takes delight in approaching more nearly to true enlightenment. O the pity of it ! O the shame of it!" This cry alternates with the joy of perfect aspiration, and it is that which keeps these psalms in warm human touch with the spirituality that is neither of race nor time, but for eternity.
- Paperback | 68 pages
- 152.4 x 228.6 x 4.06mm | 154.22g
- 02 Jun 2015
- Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
- United States
- black & white illustrations