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A Faith That is Truly Universal


Question:

There are those who consider Master Shinran, Master Kakunyo, and Master Rennyo to be exceptional people and claim that it is impossible to have the same faith as them. Rectify this misunderstanding using words from Hymn of True Faith and the Three Great Debates.


Answer: This goes against what is written in Hymn of True Faith: Layman, saint, villain, slanderer, saved alike by Amida, Like all the drops gathered to the sea, becoming one in flavour This mistaken view was blasted in the Debate on the Sameness of Faith.

reference Layman, saint, villain, slanderer, saved alike by Amida, Like all the drops gathered to the sea, becoming one in flavour 

You Were Born For A Reason P.183】

To paraphrase:

The water-drops in all the rivers flow into the sea and become one in flavor; the salty taste of the sea is everywhere the same. In the same way, those who obtain other-power faith (are "saved alike by Amida") all achieve the one purpose of life. They may be talented or untalented, able-bodied or disabled, rich or poor, of any race or occupation-it makes no difference whatever. All can share equally in the same world of joy. 【You Were Born For A Reason P.183】

The Debate Over Sameness of Faith can be found in You Were Born for a Reason Part 2 Chapter 26

(doctrine book 5-18)

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