Last year, Japan celebrated the 800th memorial for Honen, founder of Jodo Shu Buddhism, and Pure Land Buddhism in general. These postcards are printed with his calligraphy of the phrase Namu Amida Butsu (南無阿弥陀仏) which is means “Praise to Amitabha Buddha“. This is the central practice of Pure Land Buddhism.
It’s kind of cool to have this visual connection to a Buddhist master who lived so long ago.
However, I have a few things Jodo Shu related already, and so I’d like to share these with readers, especially folks who may not have access to Buddhist resources. You could use them either as a souvenir, or as an image for a home Buddhist altar, or whatever you like. If you would like to have one of these cards, leave a comment and a valid email address and tell me about your encounters with Honen and/or Pure Land Buddhism. There’s no wrong answer here.
I’ll pick two winners at random (to be fair), and announce the winners Friday, May 25th Seattle time. Then I’ll contact the winners and send them out the following day.