06 January 2014

Contemplation: Do At Least a Little Good

After reviewing the guidelines for practice, take the following as your object of contemplation:
If you see spring flowers in the morning, you should think of the seven rows of [blossoming] trees [in the Pure Land]. When you hear the autumn wind in the evening, you should think of the rippling of the water in the Pure Land and its eight good qualities.  You should focus your mind on the setting sun as it sinks in the west.  If each day you intend to do at least a little good, then you shall surely be reborn there.  Even if you have committed the five heinous sins, you shall surely be reborn there.
Sanbo Ekotoba by Minamoto no Tamenori, quoted in Ryogen and Mount Hiei by Paul Groner, p. 178

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