Awaken in the Amida’s Unhindered Light Beyond Time and Space

I hope this message finds you well. We finally see the light at the end of the tunnel, and some temples will reopen in September.

It is wonderful that Shin Sangha meet and attend in-person service at our temples. During the past one and a half years, we faced many adjustments.

One challenge was to stay connected with our Sangha with virtually delivering the Sunday services and Zoom study sessions, officiating funeral and memorial services, and attending various committee meetings.

I think that all BCA ministers and Minister’s Assistants have been doing a remarkable job to tirelessly deliver the Buddha-Dharma in English and Japanese, not only with their Sangha members, but beyond the state, and even overseas in English and Japanese.

One morning when I woke up early, the sunshine came through a window blind in my dark bedroom. It came from light years away and shone through my bedroom window without any hindrance. So is the light of Amida Buddha.

The Amida’s light is invisible, nothing hinders it reaching the lives of all sentient beings. Shinran Shonin says in the preface of “Kyōgyōshinshō”: “The universal Vow, difficult to fathom, is indeed a great vessel bearing us across the ocean difficult to across. The unhindered light is the sun of wisdom dispersing the darkness of our ignorance.” (CWS I, p.3)