Firstly, a thank you to all who have visited this blog, liked its posts and followed along with my poor misuse of words in an attempt at a Dharmic dialogue. Today I have reached 100 subscribers, which may be nothing to some bloggers, but for me, is something extrodinary. I never imagined that this blog would have been succesful, in all honesty, I thought my words would fall into the internet oblivion, I never imagined any one would take the time to read them, let alone follow me along through all my trials. So thank you, from the bottom of my heart, I hope that you all reach the Pure Land of Ultimate Bliss, and I know you will.
I made a previous blog post about creating a online store of sorts, to sell my self-produced chapbooks, zines and art prints. While I am thinking this is a possibility still, I’m still in the research process. In the meantime, I created a Twitter account to further expand my social media presence outside of WordPress. anyone inclined to follow me on twitter, can check out:
On a personal note, I’ve been quite busy. Today I met my grandmother for lunch. I was reminded of the filial duty I have to my family. For example, in my household there are 8 members, myself, my mother and sister, two dogs and three cats. Out of these 8 members, 3 of them are on the verge of death. That is more then 1/4 of my household, suffering either sickness or old-age. My beagle and my cat were both diagnosed a couple months ago with cancer. While the dog seems to have a bit more of a bounce in his step, the cat is suffering substancially. Every evening after my meditation, I go to where she is sleeping, wipe the blood and drool from her mouth, and I procede to say the Nembutsu. Though the sight of death is unpleasant, and the suffering of sickness horrible, I must forget this and focus soley on my faith in Amitabha and his Pure Land of Ultimate Bliss, I must do this for the beings suffering, and who cannot generate faith, whether they be the animals in my household, the animals whom I chose not to eat today at lunch, or the people who are so deluded, that any sort of faith has left them.
NAMO AMITABHA-for all sentient beings to be reborn in the Pure Land.
OM MANI PADME HUM-may the mercy of Kannon’s thousand hands reach every suffering soul and lift them up to the Pure Land.
Where Death never touches
Nor Suffering of any kind exists;
Just beings in their purest state
Enjoying the Western land of Bliss