Possessing nice things, doing great deeds, speaking profound truths, thinking elevated thoughts; it’s all meaningless. The desire to be important —rich, famous, beautiful, powerful, wise, dignified— only brings great suffering.
However high or low, we need to drink when thirsty, eat when hungry, rest when tired. Greatness is not for us; it is a burden.
Remaining ordinary, living humbly and quietly, eschewing drama, leaving no trace… embraced and held fast by Amideva now, to be welcome and escorted to his Pure Land at the moment of death —this is sublime.
om amideva hrih