Today, June 14th, (acording to Amidaji calendar ), we celebrate Prince Shotoku (Shotoku Taishi), the emanation of  Avalokitesvara and the one who brought Buddhism to Japan.  At this link you can read "Hymns in Praise of Prince Shotoku", by Shinran Shonin, and see how much our Founder admired Shotoku Taishi!

"Coming to entrust ourselves to the Vow of inconceivable Buddha-wisdom
Through the kindness of Prince Shotoku,
We have entered the stage of the truly settled
And are like Maitreya, the future Buddha.

Great Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, the world-savior,
Who appeared as Prince Shotoku,
Is like a father, never leaving us,
And like a mother, always watching over us.

From the beginningless past down to the present,
Prince Shotoku has compassionately
Watched over us, like a father,
And stayed close to us, like a mother.

Prince Shotoku has compassionately
Urged and led us to enter
The Vow of inconceivable Buddha-wisdom,
So that we now dwell in the stage of the truly settled".

Namo Amida Butsu.

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