If I could actually accumulate some merit by my own power, I would help my dead parents by the grace of Invocation to Amida  (But it is not I who can save me, but Amida himself).  So I should give up the self-concieted attitude of hoping to save myself and others by the grace of religious practice (and I should rely on the grace of Amida). 

 Ways of Thinking of Eastern People p. 424

am boggled that the author uses the term grace, a Christian term.  Is there a concept of grace in Japan before the introduction of Chrisitanity?


not quite

August 4, 2008

“…if you are not quite a saint, he is not quite an idiot…”

Visistacarita Bodhisattva

Ways of Thinking of Eastern Peoples p. 383