Takehiko Inoue’s fusuma-e depicting Shinran and his followers wading through a muddy river following a butterfly. On display in Higashi Honganji Temple, Kyoto.
More info: http://www.flow-er.co.jp/shinran/
“As followers of Buddha we must shelter not only the good but wrongdoers as well. Is it not for their sake that we exist?”
Greetings from Watertown, MA. Ugh.
Buddhism posts will continue at a later time
A monk told Joshu, “I have just entered the monastery. Please teach me.”
Joshu asked, “Have you eaten your rice porridge?
The monk replied, “I have eaten.”
Joshu said, “Then you had better wash your bowl.”
At that moment the monk was enlightened.
I’ll list the deeds that bring remorse,
that are far from the teachings.
An angry person
It’s because of a mother’s devotion
that one sees the world,
yet an angry run-of-the-mill person
can kill this giver of life.
Like oneself, all beings hold themselves most dear,
yet an angry person, deranged,
can kill himself in many ways:
with a sword, taking poison,
hanging himself by a rope in a mountain glen.”
— "Kodhana Sutta: An Angry Person" (AN 7.60), translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Access to Insight, 4 July 2010, http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an07/an07.060.than.html . Retrieved on 27 March 2013.