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The Rev. Katsuya Kusunoki: Buddha embraces all lives

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Posted: Saturday, September 14, 2013 12:34 pm

The News-Sentinel asked: What is your favorite religious or spiritual quote? Why do you like it?

The Sutra of the Immeasurable Pure Enlightenment of Equality, scroll one, states:

“When I attain Buddhahood, I will cause my Name to be heard throughout the countless Buddha-lands of the eight quarters, the zenith, and the nadir. All of the Buddhas will extol my virtues and the goodness of my land among followers in their own lands. Those devas and human beings, and even the species of crawling things, who dance and leap [with joy] when they hear my name, will all be enabled to come and be born in my land. If it not be so, may I not attain Buddhahood.”

This is one of my most treasured quotes. This passage tells me that Buddha’s wishes and compassion embrace all beings without any discrimination. Human beings, monkeys, cattle, fish, snails, flowers and weeds, etc., these are all living beings. All living beings are interdependently living together. And, all lives are fragile, fleeting, irreplaceable, and unrepeatable. Buddha equally embraces all these lives. All living beings are different, and all lives are equally precious. This is the Buddha’s viewpoint. I sincerely appreciate this Buddha’s great compassion for all things.

The Rev. Katsuya Kusunoki is the minister of the Buddhist Church of Lodi.

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