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Master Shinran's Lament on His Evil


Write the hymn from Master Shinran in which he laments that his evil will never stop until death. Give the source too.


My evil nature knows no end.

My mind is like a venomous snake or scorpion.

The good acts I perform are tainted with poison,

and so they are called false and empty practices.

----You Were Born For a Reason page 131

To paraphrase: “My evil shows no sign of stopping even now that I have been saved by Amida Buddha. I am filled with a mind that is terrifying and venomous like a snake or scorpion. Since my every good act is done with this mind, it is taught that the good I do is poisoned.”

evil nature: Our true vicious nature, which consists of passions such as desire, anger, jealousy and envy.

false and empty practices: false and deceitful good

It should be noted that it is not a human being but a buddha who evaluates our good acts as “false and empty practices tainted with poison”.

(from the doctrine book 2-26 )


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