Lamp for the Latter Ages
In answer to your question about the nembutsu: it is completely
mistaken to look down upon people who believe in birth through the
nembutsu, saying that they are destined for birth in the borderland.
For Amida vowed to take into the land of bliss those who say the
Name, and thus to entrust oneself deeply and say the Name is to
be in perfect accord with the Primal Vow. Though a person may have
shinjin, if he or she does not say the Name it is of no avail. And
conversely, even though a person fervently say the Name, if that
person's shinjin is shallow he cannot attain birth. Thus, it is
the person who both deeply entrusts himself to birth through the
nembutsu and undertakes to say the Name who is certain to be born
in the true fulfilled land.
In short, although persons say the Name, if they do not entrust
themselves to the Primal Vow that is Other Power, they will surely
be born in the borderland. But how can it be that those who deeply
entrust themselves to the power of the Primal Vow are also born
there? Please say the nembutsu fully understanding what I have explained
My life has now reached the fullness of its years. It is certain
that I will go to birth in the Pure Land before you, so without
fail I will await you there.
Seventh month, 13th day
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