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My Spiritual Path

This old fool (pointing to self)
is now Pure Land Zen,
the path on which the Chinese
tread, empty of mu
But full of loving-kindness.

How is it empty
of mu? Chant the Name-that-calls,
this one does each day.
Yet such practice is empty
of reward and full of joy!

Born into True Pure Land School,
this old fool did stray
while growing up, and by chance
in a book store did
he discover Master Tâm.

Of Wisdom and Faith,
this Buddhism is so full
that with each reading,
this fool is filled with pleasure
at renewing his pure vow:

Namu Amida Butsu!

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