Shinran was a Japanese Buddhist monk of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.


The Benevolence of the True Teachers

Such is the benevolence of Amida’s great compassion, That we must strive to return it, even to the breaking of our bodies; Such is the benevolence of the masters and true teachers, That we must endeavor to repay it, even to our bones becoming dust. ♦ Hymns of the Dharma-Ages, 59.

By Shinran


The Great Compassion

My eyes being hindered by blind passions, I cannot perceive the light that grasps me; Yet the great compassion, without tiring, Illumines me always. ♦ Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha, The Collected Works of Shinran, Vol. 1.

By Shinran
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