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Jōshō Adrian Cirlea (釋 成 証)
I’m a priest not a saint. I do not teach morals and I’m not a good example for anybody, not even for myself. All I teach is faith in Amida Buddha, the way of easy practice to be followed by those of inferior capacities.
I’m a priest not a saint. I do not teach morals and I’m not a good example for anybody, not even for myself. All I teach is faith in Amida Buddha, the way of easy practice to be followed by those of inferior capacities.


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This book is, as the title shows, an attempt to explain the meaning of faith and Nembutsu in accordance with the teaching of our school.
I start my explanations with the Primal Vow of Amida Buddha because without it there would be no Jodo Shinshu. As Shinran said:

“If Amida’s Primal Vow is true, Shakyamuni’s teaching cannot be false. If the Buddha’s teaching is true, Shan-tao’s commentaries cannot be false. If Shan-tao’s commentaries are true can Honen’s words be lies? If Honen’s words are true, then surely what I say cannot be empty.”

Every Buddhist school has a lineage of transmission. Ours starts with Amida Buddha, then continues with Shakyamuni, the historical Buddha, the seven Masters, Shinran Shonin, Rennyo Shonin and any true teacher that came after them and was loyal to the Primal Vow. What all the representatives of our lineage said with one voice is that the Primal Vow is true and that it contains everything we need for our attainment of Buddhahood in the Pure Land of Amida.

“Be in accord with the Primal Vow” is the motto of our school and this book tries its best to do just that – to be in accord with the Primal Vow, to turn people’s minds toward the Primal Vow and make them follow exclusively the recquirements of the Primal Vow. May all beings who read it abandon the wrong techings of non-Buddhist paths and among the various Buddhist teachings and practices chose the one which represents the true reason for all Buddhas coming to this world – the Nembutsu of faith, the One Vehicle of the Primal Vow.

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Work and Nembutsu. Cutting the grass at Amidaji. In the left is the little Hondo (Dharma Hall), in the right is the Library.
Munca si Nembutsu. A sasea taiere a ierbii de anul asta.

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„To come together, sit around, and talk to each other regardless of different rank and social status is consistent with (Shinran) Shonin’s remark, ‘within the four seas, those who share the same Faith are all brothers.’ My sole wish is that if we are sitting together, those who have questions may ask us about the teaching and aquire Faith"
Rennyo Shonin
(today at Amidaji)

When you hear that one of your adversaries is on his deathbed, you should immediately forgive him of anything that you consider he did wrong to you. Then start praying for him, wishing that the most auspicious circumstances and conditions appear before him so that he easily become open to Amida Buddha and receive faith.
We are all ordinary people filled with attachments to our delusory bodies and we all fear death, so we should try to manifest some empathy with our so called "enemies" in their final moments. It would be great if we can make peace with them face to face and encourage them to say the Nembutsu of Faith, but if we can’t do this, at least we should send them our good thoughts and pray fervently that they accept Amida’s helping hand and be reborn in His Pure Land.
Namo Amida Bu 🙏

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My conversion to Amida Dharma happened when the distance between me and my death was reduced to zero. Until then, I always felt like having a lot of time to practice meditation, be wise, read, etc, but in that moment I felt that "time" is a delusion, and nothing is really certain. Everything, especially my life and my so called "practice" or "spiritual achievements" were perceived as they really are, that is, fragile and unreliable. I remember how I dwelt over and over on the same thoughts, "what will happen with me if I die now or tomorrow? Where do I go? I have not attained Enlightenment until now and as death may come at any time, wouldn't be stupid to continue to rely on myself?" Soon the day came when I accepted Amida Buddha's helping hand and I said my first Nembutsu of Faith.

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I wish you a meaningful Obon (festival of the dead)
Namo Amida Bu 🙏

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2) Impermanence and death
2) Impermanence and death

Saptamana asta, incepand de azi, este Obon (sarbatoarea mortilor). Faceti ofrande in numele celor morti din familia voastra, prieteni, cunoscuti, etc, adica oferiti bani, mancare, haine, orice puteti in numele lor, acelora care au mare nevoie de ele, chiar donati sange daca puteti. Cinstiti-le memoria prin orice fapta buna va sta la dispozitie. Si, mai presus de toate, meditati asupra propriei voastre impermanente si a mortii care poate veni oricand, nu pierdeti vremea si incredeti-va in Buddha Amida pentru a rezolva odata pentru totdeauna chestiunea de cea mai mare importanta a nasterilor si mortilor repetate. Buddha spunea ca intelegerea profunda a mortii este cel mai bun prieten pe Cale.

La Amidaji sunt disponibil toata saptamana pt invatatura si practica. Veniti la templu - nimic nu poate inlocui primirea invataturii fata in fata.
Namo Amida Bu

I will dedicate this week to Obon (festival of the dead). Please prepare yourselves and contemplate the two types of impermanence: 1) the impermanence of the body and 2) of your so called “spiritual achievements”. Then, do not lose your time in vain and entrust in Amida Buddha.
Namo Amida Bu


Voi dedica saptamana asta sarbatorii de Obon (festivalul mortilor). Va rog, pregatiti-va si contemplati cele doua tipuri de impermanenta: 1) a trupului si 2) a asa ziselor voastre realizari spirituale. Apoi nu mai pierdeti timpul degeaba si incredeti-va in Buddha Amida.
Namo Amida Bu

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Question: How can I say that I have or don't have shinjin if there is no special feeling I should associate it with?

Answer: Rather than asking yourself, "do I feel the right thing" in relation to shinjin (faith), you should better ask:

- do I accept the real existence of Amida Buddha and His Pure Land?
- do I accept Amida Buddha's salvation as promised in His Primal Vow, that is, do I entrust myself completely to Him?
- do I accept that only Amida Buddha can save me through His Power from birth and death and that nothing which can be found in my unenlightened personality can help me in any way in achieving this goal?

If your answer to the above questions is YES, I DO, then you are a person of faith.

So, you are a person of faith not because you feel the right things, or because you have an intellectual understanding of all Buddhist concepts, including faith, but because you accept and you know that Amida Buddha and His Pure Land are real and that He saves you by assuring your birth there after death.
When you say YES, I DO, this is Namo Amida Butsu as the expression of faith. Nothing special is implied here, but only the knowing that you are saved by a real, existing Amida Buddha.
This knowing may be, of course, accompanied by joy at the first time of the awakening of faith or from time to time during your daily lives. It is not my intention to deny that joy can accompany faith. All I want to say is that you should not depend on the presence or absence of a particular feeling. Faith is just knowing that you are saved by Amida Buddha. If you sometimes take great delight in this knowing, or you are simply too overcome by personal difficulties and sorrows, it has absolutely no importance. Faith is faith, no matter you are up or down. You are saved by Amida's Power, and NOT by your capacity to feel joy or any other feeling.

Your personal fears, problems or difficulties are not important in relation to faith and birth in the Pure Land, because they are part of your unenlightened personality, while faith and birth in the Pure Land are due to Amida's Power. The cause of your personal problems, difficulties, fears and anxieties are your delusions and attachements, while the cause of your faith, saying of the Name and of your birth in the Pure Land is in Amida Buddha's Power. This is why it is said in the Tannisho that no evil can hinder the Nembutsu and no good is superior to Nembutsu.

Nothing which can be found in your unenlightened personality can influence or improve your chances of birth in the Pure Land. Only Amida Buddha can take you there, so cling to Him, not on your feelings.


fragment from my new book, The Meaning of Faith and Nembutsu in Jodo Shinshu Buddhism which you can download for free at this link,

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