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There are many branches to the tree of Buddhism. Our temple belongs to a branch of Mahayan Buddhism known as Jodo-Shinshu. It is a single-practice school where gratitude is practiced because we do not have to conduct the arduous practices famed to bring about happiness (meditation, seclusion, asceticism, etc.)
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We should look on the Nembutsu as an expression of gratitude for the Buddha's great benevolence and compassion. We should say it all our lives, thinking, "If it were not for Amida's compassionate Vow, how could such a wretched evildoer as myself ever hope to be liberated from samsara?"
Yuien bo's Tannisho translated in Alfred Bloom's Strategies for Modern Living: A Commentary with the Text of the Tannisho (pg 15, 1992)