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to the nembutsu (saying the name) is the awakening to
human finitude and limitations, and the awareness of the darkness
of ignorance that give rise to forms of greed and anger.
The NAMU (or
as in the case at our Lantern Festival in 04: "NAM AN DA")
component of the nembutsu expresses this finitude. This realisation
is brought into awareness by boundless and endless compassion that
enfolds it. This that embraces and is embraced is the 'other' component:
"BU" (Amida ~ Buddha/A-MAN DA ~ BU).
the dual connotations of its Sanskrit originals, Amitabha, Immeasurable
Light, and Amitayas, Immeasurable Life. Butsu is the Japanese rendition
for Buddha. Thus, in the traditional manner: Namu Amida Butsu or,
as in the case at our Lantern Festival in 04, abreviated to "NAM
AN DA BU".
reason cannot fathom
the fullness of living nembutsu, for much of it is beyond our conscious
awareness of fundamental reality. As such, the Name is more than can
be conceived and is vibrant with mythic significance and indicators
that transcend ordinary ways of thinking.
the nembutsu is regarded as the self-articulation of reality, Shin
Buddhists do not consider "namu-amida-butsu (or NAM AN DA BU)
to be connected with any particular language
- Sanskrit, Chinese, Japanese, or others - although historically,
it is derived from Sanskrit.
the nembutsu is the creative life force that becomes manifest in
a person, embodied in thought, action, speech and deed.
Much of the above
is verbatim from (pg26) "River of Fire, River of Water"
by Taitetsu Unno, Doubleday ISBN 0-385-48539-5.