|The Essence Of The Venerable Master Shinran's and Master Rennyo's Teaching|
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That feeling has not changed in the least even today. The benefit we receive is the true and real benefit that we receive in this present life. It is directly related to the life we are presently leading.
The Venerable Master Shinran emphasized the benefits we receive in our present life. In the Chapter on Faith of his “Teaching, Practice, Faith and Attainment,” he listed ten of them. In the “Hymns on Benefits in the Present” (Genzei Riyaku Wasan) part of “Hymns of the Pure Land” (Jodo Wasan), he wrote 15 wasan regarding benefits. All of them can be considered benefits that derive from being in the “group of those assured (of birth in the Pure Land).” In his “Notes on Passages About the Pure Land” (Jodo Monrui Jusho), the Venerable Master wrote:
When we receive shinjin and recite his Name,
Here the Venerable Master clearly states that when we recite the Nembutsu with “settled shinjin,” we are taken in and embraced by the light of Amida Buddha’s salvation and receive immeasurable virtue (benefits) in this life (this world).
The fourth wasan in the “Hymns on Benefits in the Present” (Genzei Riyaku Wasan) is:
When we recite Namo Amida Butsu
The phrase, “gain boundless benefits in the present” can only be a benefit of being in the “‘group of those assured (of birth in the Pure Land)’ in our ‘present life.’”
Further, in his “Hymns of the Pure Land,” the Venerable Master wrote:
Those who receive shinjin in joy
And again, the Venerable Master wrote in “Hymns on the Three Periods”: