Lamp for the Latter Ages
9 [The Vow and the Name are
I have read your letter very carefully.
I fail to understand why your question should arise, for although
we speak of Vow and of Name, these are not two different things.
There is no Name separate from the Vow; there is no Vow separate
from the Name. Even to say this, however, is to impose one's own
calculation. Once you simply realize that the Vow surpasses conceptual
understanding and with singleness of heart realize that the Name
surpasses conceptual understanding and pronounce it, why should
you labor in your own calculation?
It seems to me that with all your attempts to understand by reasoning
and by learning you have fallen into confusion. It is completely
in error. Once you have simply come to realize that Vow and Name
surpass conceptual understanding, you should not calculate in this
way or that. There must be nothing of your calculation in the act
that leads to birth.
You must simply entrust yourself to Tathagata.
Fifth month, 5th day
Please show this letter to the others also. We say that in Other
Power, no working is true working.