Suffering, Death and 1oo Subscriptions 

NAMO AMITABHA


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:

@kannons_mercy

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.


The beauty of 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

K.M 

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3 thoughts on “Suffering, Death and 1oo Subscriptions 

  1. Great poem, great post, great picture!

    I feel 100 subscribers is quiet a feat, In the Woe and Weal of the Faithful Sutra (1), the Buddha said that in the Dharma-ending age, the sutras would find but one or two believers, so you are actually doing very well.

    Also, I feel that even though your dogs/cats are suffering, they are also on the verge of the greatest happiness. Their greatest fortune is to be born in your family. They could be born a thousand times in the houses of billionaires, princes or generals, but never encounter the Dharma. But because they are with you, they benefit from your supportive chanting, and either become Bodhisattvas of Pure Land, or heavenly beings at the very least. Now that is bliss! Having helped created Buddhas, your merit will be boundless!

    Also, I’m not sure if you’ve seen this yet, but have a look at my supportive chanting guidebook translation:

    https://archive.org/details/LASTRITESOFAMITABHA

    Source:

    (1) https://purelandsutras.wordpress.com/2016/10/25/a-foundational-text-the-woe-and-weal-of-the-faithful-sutra/

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    1. Your words are like those of a wise ancient, in the times of modern decay.
      I appreciate your wisdom, and feel the same in regards to my pets. A couple years ago, when I first began to practice and discover Pure Land Buddhism, I experienced another cat dying. Though I hadn’t read anything like your piece on chanting the name over a dying animal, I was compelled to try, and so I began chanting the name of Amitabha over a string of beads. Though the inevitability of the cats death was unpreventable, the condition to which the cat suffered drastically decreased. When she finally passed, her body was clean and still soft. She had an aura around her of being alive though she had stopped breathing hours before. Though Zen stresses not to gain any attachment to supernatural things, that they are illusions, and yet it is hard not to put all my faith in the Power and Compassion of Amitabha after having witnessed such an event, and seeing the true force of his Primal Vows

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      1. I feel very honored by your praises, thank you so very much! Also, thank you for sharing that about your cat, I think you accomplished a deed of utmost merit. I remember from the Dharma talks of Master Chin Kung that in the Dharma-ending age, cases of animals attaining Pure land rebirth are much more prevalent, thus, I think we can be very sure (especially considering the auspicious signs) that you helped your pet achieve Pure Land. Your merits will certainly be without compare!

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