Buddhist Maxim on the Saving Power of Amida

Gukyoku Reisai Japanese

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Like adherents of the Pure Land sects of Buddhism, Gukyoku Reisai, a prominent Zen monk, believed in the saving power of Amida Buddha. This couplet, written in Chinese cursive script, reads, from right column to left:

For an utterly evil person,
there is no other expedient means.
Simply recite the name of [A]mida
to achieve birth in Paradise.
—Translated by John T. Carpenter

Buddhist Maxim on the Saving Power of Amida, Gukyoku Reisai (Japanese, 1369–1452), Pair of hanging scrolls; ink on paper, Japan

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