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Doctrinal Q&A - Amida and other buddhas


Q: Write the words of Master Rennyo in which he taught clearly the relationship between Amida Buddha and all the buddhas in the universe. Give the source too.

A: Since Amida Buddha is the original teacher and master of all the buddhas of the three temporal worlds, how can all the buddhas, who are his disciples, not rejoice when we rely on Amida Buddha, who is their master? (The Letters)


Explanation

“As Amida Buddha is the teacher of the countless buddhas of the universe, that which would make the countless buddhas rejoice more than anything is for us to be saved and embraced by Amida.”

These words make clear that Amida Buddha is the original teacher and master of all the countless buddhas of the ten directions.

Since all of the countless buddhas are Amida Buddha’s disciples, all of the buddhas, bodhisattvas, and deities praise only Amida Buddha, and they teach us to turn only to the Buddha of Infinite Life, meaning to turn only to Amida Buddha and believe only in him.

(from 2-11 of the doctrine book)

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