As I think of the great ocean of serene trust in the Vow of Buddha Amideva, I find it makes no distinction between the noble and the humble, between monastic and lay. It does not distinguish between male and female, between the old and the young.
It does not probe the amount of previous sinfulness. It does not weight the duration of practice one has undergone, nor has it anything to do with discipline and morality, with sudden or gradual enlightenment, with the contemplative or applied states of mind, with the right or the wrong views, with thought or no thought, with living moments or the moment of death, with many thoughts or one thought.
Serene trust is just one, beyond conception, beyond description, beyond explanation. Amideva’s Vow is the remedy capable of dispelling the poisonous effect of all forms of conceptual discourse.
—Shinran Shonin, Kyogyoshinsho