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The Primal Vow Fulfilled

If, when I attain Buddhahood, sentient beings in the lands of the ten quarters who sincerely and joyfully entrust themselves to me, desire to be born in my land, and call my Name, even ten times, should not be born there, may I not attain perfect Enlightenment. Excluded, however, are those who commit the five gravest offences and abuse the right Dharma.
-- The Primal Vow

  1. With each call the Name-that-calls
    helps he who calls to
    transcend the fear of death. O!
    Who is it that calls,
    "Namu Amida Butsu"?

  2. By fulfilling all of
    his Forty-Eight Vows,
    Amida Buddha and
    his Pure Land exist;
    all his many followers
    confirm this by calling:
    "Namu Amida Butsu".

  3. Because they will be reborn
    in the Pure Land
    out of faith in the Primal Vow,
    they call fearlessly:
    "Namu Amida Butsu".

  4. Tho' fearless of death, no fool
    is the devotee:
    she does not act or behave
    to risk death, but calls:
    "Namu Amida Butsu".

  5. Devoted to Amida,
    she practices all
    Buddhist virtues faithfully,
    her pure mind hears Him call:
    "Namu Amida Butsu."

  6. Bliss leads to serenity,
    and serenity,
    to the pure mind to enjoy
    calling of the Name:
    "Namu Amida Buddha".

  7. For the Name-that-calls helps one
    to develop bliss
    to understand the Dharma,
    and practice it now.
    "Namu Amida Buddha".

  8. Faith in Other Power moves
    her pure heart deeply.
    Out of sincere gratitude
    the devotee calls:
    "Namu Amida Butsu."

  9. Inconceivable is He,
    Amida Buddha,
    to all but His devotees,
    who faithfully call:
    "Namu Amida Butsu".

  10. "Namu Amida Butsu".
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