• Luigi

Counting Song of True Faith


When you acquire the "settled mind of awakening" through the Buddha's wisdom, you will be made clearly aware of these things that you did not know before.


When one attains true faith, one is made aware of the wonder of Amida Buddha’s wisdom. One experiences matchless penitence and joy at having been awakened to Amida’s wisdom. This is what is expressed in the Counting Song of True Faith, which was composed by a lay person who was rejoicing at Amida Buddha’s salvation.

1. Despite hearing that I must fall into the world of eternal suffering Deceived by my conceited mind, I had no clue that I was the one who would fall I did not know that at all up until now

2. Even though I have an impermanent life I have lived day in, day out without being aware That I was the one who could die tonight I did not know that at all up until now

3. Even though I have been teaching people About the crucial matter of the afterlife I was not aware that it was my great issue I did not know that at all up until now

4. Through carefully listening to his compassionate Vow I came to know that Amida is the one who joins his palms And says, “Please rely on me and let me save you” I did not know that at all up until now

5. Having no time for gratitude I spend hours and hours talking about trifling matters of the floating world How lazy and negligent I am! I did not know that at all up until now

6. Amida Buddha has been taking pity on me From the beginningless past up until today He is a being of true and great compassion I did not know that at all up until now

7. My long delusion from the distant past has ended All sorrow and pain will last only for a while Soon, I will go to the Pure Land; what a wonderful fruit! I did not know that at all up until now

8. Zogyo, zasshu, and self-power are of no use Yet I have not abandoned them I have been making Amida Buddha cry I did not know that at all up until now

9. I have attained “true settlement” (absolute happiness) here, in this world I’m in the net of the Embracing Light of Amida Even if I try to escape, Amida Buddha will never let me go - this is Amida’s compassion I did not know that at all up until now

10. The Nembutsu which I recite is, as it is, Amida Buddha’s words: “I will take you back to the Pure Land without fail” I did not know that at all up until now

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