Notes on the Nembutsu
Reflections on the wasan of Shinran

Jodo Wasan

Wasan Based on Master T'an-luan's Gatha in Praise of Amida Buddha

1: The News of the Day
2: On Being Trapped
3: The Dharma-body
4: The Dawn
5: Attachments
6: Clouds
7: The Last Resort
8: Light in Hell
9: On Being Human
10: The Form of Emptiness
11: The Source of All Evil
12: On Houses and Carts
13: Coming in from the Cold
14: Buddha of Ineffable Light
15: The Limits of Language
16: The Great Teacher
17: A Model Bodhisattva
18: A Vehicle Built for Bodhisattvas
19: The Bodhisattva that Shinran Knew in Person
20: Shakyamuni
21: The Business of the Dharma
22: The Land of Happiness
23: Nirvana
24: On Not Falling Back
25: Hearing the Name
26: Watching Plums Ripen and Flowers Bloom
27: Cloth of Despair, Robe of Joy
28: The Supremely Difficult Thing
29: Two Truths
30: Chomon
31: Mahasahasra Lokadhatu
32: Ganga
33: Why is Amida Buddha's Pure Land in the West?
34: The Three Treasures
35: A Safety Net?
36: The Pure Magnanimous Embracer
37: Buying A House
38: The Primal Vow
39: Pure Music
40: The Religion of the Forest
41: The Complexity of Being
42: Many Lights
43: How to Spot a Buddha
44: Effulgence
45: Water
46: The Pain of Ignorance
47: Becoming Wise
48: Singlemindedness
49: The Form of Amida Buddha
50:The Infinite Debt

Wasan Based on the Three Pure Land Sutras

51: Thus Have I Heard
52: Shakyamuni's Splendour
53: The Samadhi of Great Tranqillity
54: When the Desert Blooms
55: The Infinite
56: The Dawn of Compassion
57: Unhindered Light
58: Shinjin
59: Jñana
60: The Absolute Equality of Women and Men
61: Sangan Tennyu
62: The Life of the Nineteenth Vow
63: Various Good Deeds
64: The True Gate
65: The Amida Sutra
66: Tariki
67: Namo-amida-butsu is Everything
68: The Bodhisattva Vehicle
69: The Teacher
70: A Lesson from Trees
71: The True Teaching
72: The One and the Many
73: The Thunderbolt
74: The Nirvana Sutra
75: Anitya
76: On Violence
77: Outrage
78: Upaya
79: Introducing 'the Evil Person'
80: Drowning
81: Of Seeds and Trees
82: Nembutsu
83: Only the Name
84: On Going Against the Stream
85: Practicing Great Compassion
86: Many Voices

Amida Wasan Based on the Heart of Various Sutras

87: The Personality of the Dharma
88: The Transmission of the Dharma
89: When the Heart is Full
90: Many Questions
91: Stepping Into The Unknown
92: The Religion of the Books
93: On Being True to Ourselves
94: The Fulfilment of the Dharma
95: Fear of Religious Conviction

Wasan on Benefits in the Present

96: Baishajyaguru
97: Dengyo Daishi
98: Lightness of Being
99: Following Shinran Shonin
100: Gods and the Dharma
101: More About the Gods
102: Unearthing the Dharma
103: Nagas
104: Yama, the Dharma-King
105: Maras
106: Influence
107: On Being Naked
108: Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva
109: True Entrusting Heart
110: The Delight of the Buddhas

Wasan in Praise of Mahasthamaprapta Bodhisattva

111: Courage
112: Time and the Dharma
113: Twelve Lights
114: Samadhi
115: Thinking on the Buddha
116: Nembutsu Saturation
117: Shabakai
118: The Geniality of the Dharma

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