The Flame in the Lotus: Poetic musings on Amida, Light and living the Nembutsu life by a Shin priest

I.
Before I knew the name, “Amida”,
I swam in an ocean of Light, filled with Life.
After I was introduced to the name “Amida”
I ran because it sounded too trite, too familiar, like a mother.
When I became a priest of “Amida”, I wondered daily-
Where is my mother?
And now, more than 10 years later I realize,
She has never left me
And is always calling,
Namo-Amida-Butsu.

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