What do Shin Buddhists do when a loved one is
suffering? What do we do at the loss of a baby? There seem to
be no prayers for these in Shin Buddhism. There seems to be
no theoretical space for such prayers. Shinran wouldn't even
say a nembutsu for his dead parents (Tannisho, Chapter 5). When
someone is suffering what can we offer as a Buddhist response?
Do we give them a lecture on the Four Noble Truths? Of course
not. So we seem to have no more to offer than an atheist. And
what do we do when we feel helpless in the face of a
loved one's suffering? I do not expect magic, the intervention
of a god, but the heart aches to pray.