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Salvation in This Lifetime


Question:

What is the meaning of gensho futai? Give a quote and source.


Answer:

Gensho futai means to attain the level of non-regressive true settlement in this life. It means to be granted perfect salvation in this life.

I know in truth. The great bodhisattva Maitreya has attained the diamond faith of enlightenment, the highest spiritual stage possible for a bodhisattva, and will indeed enter into supreme enlightenment beneath the dragon-flower tree at the dawn of the three assemblies. As all those saved by Amida have attained the diamond faith bestowed by him, at the moment of death each one will be reborn in the Pure Land of Amida and become a buddha. ----Teaching, Practice, Faith, Enlightenment (For reference: You Were Born for a Reason page 147)

To paraphrase:

"It is true! I, Shinran, am now on a par with the great bodhisattva Maitreya, Buddha of the future. This is due solely to the wondrous power of Amida's Vow. Not only that, while Maitreya will be unable to attain buddhahood for 5.67 billion years to come, I, Shinran, will attain it even as this life ends. Could any happiness be greater than this?" (For reference: You Were Born for A Reason page 147】 I know in truth: I have been made clearly aware. Attained the diamond faith of enlightenment: To have reached the 51st level of enlightenment.

Beneath the dragon-flower tree at the dawn of the three assemblies: This refers to a time five billion, six hundred and seventy million years after Śākyamuni Buddha’s death. At this time, Maitreya Bodhisattva will attain the enlightenment of a buddha and give his first sermon. Supreme enlightenment: The enlightenment of a buddha. The diamond faith bestowed by him: Other-power faith granted by Amida Buddha.

Gensho futai: = Non-regression (absolute happiness) in this life = Attaining the level of non-regressive true settlement in this life

*Reference You Were Born for a Reason (Part 2, Chapter 20)

(doctrine book 4-32)

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