No.24 On Suffering of Body and Mind

Shakyamuni Buddha abandoned his ascetic practices with the words, ‘Even when the dust and grime that had accumulated on my body for so many years began to resemble a coating of moss, still I did not care to remove it with my dusty and grimy hand.’

‘This dusty and grimy hand’ represents ‘the mind’ that is conscious of ‘the body’.

It is through the suffering of body and mind that the practice of pronouncing the Name comes about.

The working of the nembutsu permeates our entire body and becomes that infinite power which opens up both past and future.

Chimyo Takehara
July 2004