Get by somehow!

jodoshu_img2Live your life in whatever manner enables you to practice mindfulness of the Buddha. Renounce everything that interferes with remembrance through recitation.

If you can’t utter the Name while living in just one place, become a vagabond and recite. If it is difficult because you constantly travel, then establish a fixed residence and recite. If you are under monastic vows and have trouble reciting because of them, resume the householder’s life. If you can’t practice as a householder, abandon the home life.

If you are living alone and it doesn’t work, try to find a companion, a fellow cultivator who will encourage you. But if reciting with others is a hindrance, then live by yourself. Should you be prevented from reciting by the necessity of securing food and clothing, accept the charity of others and continue your practice. And if no one will help you, then get by somehow, but keep practicing!

If you have a spouse, family, and servants, it should be because they make it easier for you to cultivate mindfulness of the Buddha. By no means should you keep them if they get in the way. Property and high standing are to be appreciated insofar as they serve to support mindfulness of the Buddha. If they become hindrances, they should be given up. Anything is acceptable, provided it helps you to achieve true serenity and to fulfill your wish to be born in the Pure Land.

—Honen Shonin, Words of Dharma

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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3 Responses to Get by somehow!

  1. says:

    Any insight into loosening my attachment to security comfort
    As I want to leave the comfort of so called society and enjoy people and life on a non attached basis l have cultivated awarness N Understanding and am dissillusioned with what society offers But am not free of leaving behind my not so comfortable EXISTANCE I know I am attached to illusion and am paying a heavy price But don’t want to let go and regret getting uncomfortable any thoughts on this much appreciated

    • Tashi Nyima says:

      Letting go does not mean necessarily parting company with our things. It means that we abandon our attachment to them. Be ready to give everything up, because sooner or later you will. Contemplate the impermanence of life.

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