Poem of the Month, September 2016: Nembutsu Affirmations


Namo Amida Butsu, I am up and happy to be alive.

Namo Amida Butsu, this day has wondrous things in store for me.

Of one thing I am certain – the Buddha lives in me and I’m His man.

Morning depression – it lasts for an hour or two and then it is gone.

In a matter of moments my concept of reality improves.

I listen to a pessimistic friend and take him with a pinch of salt.

Namo Amida Butsu – a girl on a bicycle waves to me.

Home again, I am at the table, happily saying nembutsu.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many good-looking figs on our tree.

Namo Amida Butsu, I am grateful for the great day ahead.

Gratitude is a state of mind that puts everything in a better light.

Namo Amida Butsu – my challenge for today is to feel good.

This can only be done by pressing the positive button inside.

Namo Amida Butsu, I’m pleased with these morning exercises.

Nothing will go wrong today. Everything will go according to plan –
Amida’s plan, I hasten to add: the less plans I make the better.

Namo Amida Butsu. Enjoy the blessing of pure existence.

Nothing bothers me, nothing worries me, nothing upsets me. Nothing
disturbs my freedom or gets in the way of my nembutsu practice.

Now is OK. It’s the only moment that matters. Yesterday’s gone.

What have I got to complain about today, when I reflect upon
Amida’s innumerable lives of self-sacrifice for us all?

It’s great to feel unexpected joy blossoming in the tortured heart.

The fact is that we have all been saved by the inconceivable Vow.

I look with love and wonder into the faces of my fellow-men.