The Final Word
The Ultimate Conclusion and Beginning
of the Work of the Great Buddhist Masters
Tannisho means regret and lamentation. It is simply the decrying of errant beliefs, coming from the holders of the benefits of knowing Truth And why should incorrect concepts not be decried and corrected, when they are the cause of all suffering and misery to humankind?
One of the by-products of the crucifixion story is the feeling it elicits of hopelessness and despair of life. If this is what happens to the truest of believers, then of what benefit true faith? Thankfully, Qur`an reveals that although the likeness was created, the actuality did not happen. instead a raising into the Divine Beatitude occurred.
How hard is it to believe that as you believe, so shall it be? To the skeptical mind (and I know it well), it seems like the most far-fetched impracticality ever invented. But it doesn't take much dissatisfaction in life to cause one to seek answers, and most of the effective answers point to some belief as being key and cornerstone to a successful life.
But belief in what?
What to believe, if there are so many faiths, each calling the other one false?
There is no doubt that believing is a physical possibility. We certainly Can, if we Choose.
Many of us choose not, but even that is based on a belief - the belief that believing in anything will get us absolutely nowhere, that faith is futile. The only payoff is in believing what you know to be true with your physical senses. Hence the manifestation of the physical world, and materialism as the consensus paradigm.
There is no doubt that the belief in the futility of faith has overwhelming appeal and merit, given the manifest predicament of most of the people professing it (almost all in hopes of convincing more people to give up their belongings). Profession of faith as a way of life is indeed very popular but may actuality run out of available resources due to the greed with which they are being used up.
But the manifest preponderance of error, both deliberate and unwitting, should not cause the seeker of truth to throw out the baby with the bathwater. It must be believed that there IS Truth, wherever it is and however difficult to be found. The greatest, most famous and influential people in history were the patriarchs of the world's greatest faiths. They did not invent them, they simply professed them accurately. So they worked! The desired benefit was delivered and made available to the masses, many of whom sought their own personal agendas over and above the universal truths professed accurately by the masters, and thence arose the degradation of the teaching for personal benefit and the proliferation of incorrect and false beliefs which did not bring lasting benefit to all but ended in the ruination of their followers.
But history has shown that such a situation cannot last and that at least every century the degradation became so obvious that one of innocent mind could easily determine its manifest falsehood and begin again the search for ultimate reasoning. These people would then return to the teaching of the masters and seek for themselves the genuine experience described by them until, once found, they themselves became the masters and revived the truth of the teaching and restored the faith of the people once again.
Once armed with an irrefutable and infallible truth, it devolved upon these teachers to not only encourage people to believe as they have believed, in the reality as they have discovered it, but to point out the now obvious incorrectness of the popular beliefs that lead convincingly to the ruination of mortality and the destruction of the soul.
This is the point of their final attitude and ongoing work: regret for and lamentation of the erroneous and strange beliefs: Tannisho!
It is in that great tradition that I offer readers the opportunity to visit the teachings of the great Buddhist masters of the Pure Land School, who were and are believers in every fine and great sense of the word, no matter what angle or religious persuasion one would care to view them from.
There IS One Truth - whatever it may be. Discovering it is the individual work of every person whether they call themselves seekers or not. Your own one truth may be that there is no such thing as truth, but if so, where did the word come from and why do so many people believe that it exists? If that is your functional premise, it could be called your own One Truth.
The Highest Truth is referred to as the Divine Reality, or the Reality of God. Now it does not matter what words are used to define or describe this Reality, or what language, or what personification, or what symbology.
It does not matter whether you believe in it or not. A definition is a definition, and it matters not whether you've heard of it before or not, or whether you believe it's real or not. In other words, you personal feelings or opinion is irrelevant to a dictionary of common usage, and it is more to your advantage to learn from it than to deny, avoid or ignore it due to a personal misgiving.
We're talking about the Reality of God - Not the definition, but the Experiential Reality, as known to be true and real by the greatest teachers and saints of all times and of all faiths, practices and religions, the description and attainment of which is contained overtly and with much deliberation in their teaching.
And when all else is said and done, their final emotion on a human plane - since emotion is provoked by circumstance - is that of Tannisho - regret for and lamentation of the erroneous and strange beliefs.
And, at the same time, you are not being asked to share in their belief, only to be aware of it. For the Reality, being THE Reality, does its own work, not asking you to participate in it since you are already a participant, and there's not really much we can do about that. But learning is always of value, and who knows, maybe this knowledge is just what you've been looking for, and of course you wouldn't know until you've looked.
Enlightenment, among other things, means "taking a load off your mind". Taking a load off your mind means allowing you to get down to the business of living your life unencumbered by lurking concerns of a religious, spiritual, psychological, emotional or physical nature. Enlightenment brings ease with answers, not more difficulty with more questions. And therefore it makes the living of your life easier. If it does not make your life easier it is not, by definition, 'enlightenment".
And if this teaching does deliver the Ease of Life it promises, then surely that is of great benefit to you and you would naturally wish to share it with others, much the same as I'm attempting to do with this writing.
So without further ado, I present you with some of the convincing and influential contemporary teachings I've had the great pleasure to discover concerning the ease with which Salvation (in all of its ramifications - mortal and eternal) and hence Ease of Life, can be achieved. You will surely notice a great difference between these teachings of faith and other current "ease-of-life" methods. And believe me when I tell you, I've tried them all.
PS: Notes of interest
Notice the definition of 'faith' as 'entrusting'