From far, far in the distant past,Down to this day, this very instant,Those things we have longed for mostHave not been attained, and we sorrow.
"Hymn of Amida's Vow" (Chapter 1, p.3)
Once our false thinking has completely ceasedThere is neither start nor conclusion, beginning nor endIn the oneness of Buddha and sentient beingsSay Namu-amida-butsu.Ippen
To reach the borders of the uncreated,Just let go! This is genuine gratitude.Ippen
In this brief span this body exists,Clothing and food are of course indispensable;But knowing them to be fruits of former lives,I make no effort at all to obtain them.Ippen
With aversion for sect superiors and their pomp,I have no wish for monk disciples;Not in search of lay supporters,I court the favor of no one.Ippen
In the Buddha’s teaching, unless you cast away body and life, there can be no realization of benefit.Ippen