Namu Amida Butsu
AS YOU KNOW, MEMBERS OF OUR BUDDHIST Women’s Association always support our temple’s services, activities, and events, as well as, support community happenings. Our temple relies on their support and assistance. I enjoy working with them and am able to gain many wonderful experiences with them. I am truly honored that I am able to work with them and be able to propagate and share their great guidance of the Nembutsu, Amida Buddha’s infinite wisdom and compassion to our Ohana.
The other day, I was able to visit one of the care facilities together with our BWA members. We were able to share BWA’s craft items and cookies with the residents. Unfortunately, due to their condition, it was difficult for some of them to understand what was going on. Some were not able to respond and some of them were not able to see what we were offering. However, our BWA members patiently and sincerely communicated with them and offered their true hearts, "Magokoro," with kind smiles and words, regardless whether the residents were aware of it or not.
When we visited a resident’s room, she sensed that someone came to her bedside and she slowly opened her eyes and gazed at all of us. We saw her eyes open so with our warm smile we all greeted her with the words, "How are you? We are from Wailuku Hongwanji Mission and visiting all residents here today. This is what we made for you." Then our ladies gave a very colorful handcrafted Origami flower and cookie placed in the origami craft. The resident gazed at it and said, "It is so pretty. Thank you very much, thank you very much." Even if her voice was very soft, we all received her warm feeling of gratitude, joy, and happiness from her kind words. A few minutes later, we left her room but we all carried her kindness with us, the warm feeling of gratitude. It was only a few words that we received from her but we all received the sincere feelings of joy and happiness. When we visited other rooms, we were able to offer our sincere feelings of joy, smiles, and happiness.
At our Sunday morning services, we recite a passage. One of the great and warm passages come from the Golden Chain of Love. It reads, "I will try to be kind and gentle to every living thing and protect all who are weaker than myself. I will try to think pure and beautiful thoughts, to say pure and beautiful words, and to do pure and beautiful deeds, knowing that on what I do now depends not only my happiness or unhappiness, but also that of others." This statement reminds each one of us that the person who receives Amida’s great wisdom and compassion will share with us this wonderful acts spontaneously and be able to share his sincere joy of Happiness with the great Buddha’s Name, Namo Amida Butsu.
Namo Amida Butsu is truly a deep meaning of peace and serenity for everyone to receive true kindness by Amida and it is Amida’s infinite wisdom and compassion that is reaching into our hearts and minds.
When our BWA members offered their kind words, kind actions and warmest smiles to others, it truly came from Buddha’s true mind which they learned from their Dharma friends and temple activities. Their sincere heart and actions were truly gifted by Amida Buddha’s infinite wisdom and compassion.
Whenever we have the opportunity to offer our kindness to others, I remember Rennyo Shonin’s wonderful note which expressed his sincere and heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to the Nembutsu followers who were visiting Hongwanji temples. The note said, "Even if members are visiting Hongwanji in summer time, please offer cold refreshments and even if members are visiting Hongwanji during winter time, please offer hot refreshment." (A record of the sayings and acts of Rennyo. #295)
Kind words, kind actions, and kind thoughts are truly great keys for us to make our lives meaningful and precious. The Buddha’s Holy Name, Namo Amida Butsu, is truly teaching us these very important guidance in our daily lives in order for us to have peace and serenity in our heart.