Lamp for the Latter Ages
10 [You Must Realize
that the Wisdom of Buddhas Surpasses Conceptual Understanding]
I have read your letter very carefully.
In your question about the teaching, you state that at the
point of the awakening of the one moment of shinjin we are
grasped and protected by the heart of unhindered light, and
hence the karmic cause for birth in the Pure Land is established
in ordinary times. This is truly splendid. Yet, though what
you state is splendid, I am afraid that it has become nothing
but your own calculation. Once you have come simply to believe
that it surpasses conceptual understanding, there should be
no struggle to reason it out.
You also write that there are people who say, "My aspiration
to transcend this world is great, but slight is the karmic
cause for my birth in the Pure Land." This is impossible
to accept. The aspiration to transcend this world and the
karmic cause for birth in the Pure Land are one and the same.
I consider these words to be, in their entirety, needless
calculation. If you realize that the wisdom of the Buddhas
surpasses conceptual understanding, there should not, in addition,
be any calculating. You simply should not fall into doubts
over the different things that people say. Simply give yourself
up to Tathagata's Vow; avoid calculating in any way.
Fifth month, 5th day
Other Power means to be free of any form of calculation.